Annual Meeting and Social

Come celebrate the start of a new season at the Annual Meeting and Social on October 15th at the GPRA Chalet from 6-9 pm. This fun and informal event is a chance to meet your Board members and ask questions about the future of the Mat-Su Ski Club. At this gathering we will share our Annual Report and our vision for growth and improvements. Some topics of discussion this year include Independence Mine grooming, the purchase of a new PistenBully and GPRA trail expansion.
We have some surprise improvements to share with you, so join us and be among the first to know!

Highlights of this event include home cooked soups and stews, warm drinks, beer, wine, and special guests. We will also be honoring some of our dedicated volunteers. We hope to see you there! Everyone is welcome and only current members can vote.

Board Members Wanted

At our Annual Meeting in October, we elect new board members and this year we have 4 seats open. If you are interested in learning more about the duties of a board member or applying, please reply to this email and we will be in touch!

Why Buy a MSSC Membership?

Membership fees support our programs, events, grooming, trail building, equipment purchases and maintenance.

Volunteers groom many trails that are for cross country skiing only or multi-use and one of these memberships is just for you. A Winter Walker Membership is $25 and is for folks that enjoy walking on multi-use, groomed trails. For friends that enjoy skiing on trails where classic tracks or a skate lane is maintained, we offer an Individual Membership $40 or Family Membership $75 .

Ski trails don't fall from heaven! Membership for the 2022-23 season is open. Consider supporting your ski club by renewing or purchasing a membership.

What is Roller Skiing Anyway?

by Stephanie Larousse

This is what wiki has to say-"Roller skiing is an off-snow equivalent to cross-country skiing. Roller skis have wheels on their ends and are used on a hard surface, to emulate cross-country skiing. The skiing techniques used are very similar to techniques used in cross-country skiing on snow." I had no idea that our little winter sport of XC skiing could soon take over our life. I chose XC because it was a sport that we could all do together, no bleacher sitting for me, the great outdoors, relatively safe. Well that backfired once my kids got to competitive levels of skiing, they now train year round. A big part of that snowless training is on roller skis, meant for expert level skiers, (Beau age 9 thinks he is;) not recommended for beginners these things have no BRAKES! As my kids say “you just gotta bail!” so you won’t see me on these but you might see some future olympians cruising around GPRA. If you do, use caution, because NO BRAKES!

Termination Dust!

Usually in September when it rains and rains and rains.. eventually the clouds part, and there it is! It clings to the summits in the distance at first. Then one day you wake up and it's all over the top of Hatcher Pass! Well, if you are one of those folks that love to talk about snow because it is the is the gateway to all your winter fun, then you are in the right place! At the Mat-Su Ski Club, we are so excited for snow to accumulate in mass so we can get to grooming those trails at Independence Mine. It won't be long until you can feel the reflection of the sun as you push your way up that hill and then scream like a kid on the way down. Bring it! And remember, all this rain is snow somewhere!

Termination dust is a friendly reminder of how fast snow can pile up. Last season, we started grooming the trails at Independence Mine on October 9th. A reminder to get skis waxed and winter tires mounted. You don't want to miss those first tracks!
Independence termination dust
A view of Independence Mine bowl from Marmot.
When fall and winter are friends at Hatcher Pass.

Junior Nordics Registration

Registration for all participants opened on September 14th and sessions are filling up fast! This program is for kids ages 5 to 16. If your kids want to learn to cross country ski or improve their ski skills, make friends and have a good time, then this may be the perfect winter activity for them. We still some class spots left! Head on over to the Junior Nordics tab on the website to get your kids registered. Classes start January 11th and end March 9th.
Let's go ski!

Ski Storage

Cooler days and cozy nights are a great reminder to get those skis ready for the trails! Here's a great DIY way to store your skis in a garage or small space. This garage hook type of hanging storage is clever and inexpensive. Be sure to store your skis in a cool dry environment where there is little fluctuation in temperature. Avoid direct sunlight. Keep skis in ski ties (or tape) on tips & tails. Do not bind skis closed with camber compressed.

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Remember Your Parking Passes

Just a friendly reminder to be sure you have your parking pass for GPRA and other Borough park sites. The parking fees go into a Borough fund for recreational facilities and does not pay for trail grooming. Click here to buy a day use or yearly MSB parking pass online. Save $10 when you buy two.

Alaska State annual parking passes may only be purchased online. This parking pass is used for Archangel Road and Independence Mine when accessible, among many other AK State Parks. Click here to visit the 2022 Annual Parking Pass ordering page.

2023 AK State and MSB parking passes are available in November.
Daily parking passes may be purchased at any MSB or AK State trailhead for $5.

Support throughout the Year!

You can help support the Mat-Su Ski Club through the Fred Meyer Community Awards program and through Amazon Smile. Every little bit counts.