Pre-Season Nordic Training

We are pumped to let you know about a new adult program this season that starts tomorrow evening 6pm, October 3rd! Coaches Daryl Farrens and Lorene Lynn are instructing a pre-season clinic to get you in shape for the ski season. This class offers eight, 90-minute sessions that all take place on the trail system at GPRA. To help get you in shape, you will work through a series of drills that will strengthen your core and balance and whip you right into shape for ski season, which is only a few weeks away. This exclusive member benefit program is for adult skiers of all levels.
Limited spots are available and just a few spots remain! We hope to ski ya there!

Anticipation Dust!

Over the past six winters, we've kicked off our grooming operations at Independence Mine anywhere from as early as October 5th to as late as October 29th. Our 2006 PistenBully100 is geared up and waiting, ready to take on whatever snowfall comes our way.
It's safe to say we could be just one magical snowstorm away from the exciting start of our grooming season!

Mark your Calendar!

2023-24 Club Membership
Membership is open for the season. It's snow fun to have your support!

Pre-Season Nordic Dryland Training Clinic
October 3rd through 26th
This clinic offers classic and skate skiing drills to prepare you for the coming Nordic ski season and is for adult folks of all ski skill levels. Limited slots are available, and registration is now open.
Volunteer Trails Day
Sunday October 8, 2023 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come on out and join your Mat-Su Ski Club friends for our annual Trail Work Day at GPRA, where we ready the trails for winter and snowfall. This volunteer event is for everyone, and all are welcome. Let us know if you will join us by signing up.
Junior Nordics Registration for Returning Skiers
October 9, 2023
Junior Nordics registration opens for returning skiers at 9am. A Mat-Su Ski Club member benefit program.
Junior Nordics Registration for New participants.
October 16, 2023
Junior Nordics registration opens for new participants at 9am. This program is a Mat-Su Ski Club membership benefit.
Autumn Meeting and Social
October 28th, 2023
6:00-9:00 pm at the GPRA Chalet. All are welcome for this annual and free event. Join us for a night of socializing with your Mat-Su Ski Club board members and other ski club friends.
Race To The Outhouse #1 (RTTO#1)
November 11, 2023 10AM.
Jumpstart your Nordic race season!
3.5k Classic or Freestyle. Venue TBD.

A New Season

Keep the passion for epic winter trails alive with your membership support! Renew your membership or join the Mat-Su Ski Club today. By becoming a member, you unlock exclusive access to our fantastic programs like Junior Nordics, Adult Cross Country Ski Lessons, and Pre-Season Nordic Training - a new program available this year! Your support is what sustains our mission to promote Nordic skiing opportunities.

Introducing an exciting new feature this year – you can streamline your life effortlessly by opting for automatic membership renewal annually. (But hey, if you ever decide to change your mind, no worries! You can easily customize your preferences by logging into your account and clicking on "Subscriptions.")
We're "snow" excited to have such "Nordic-nificent" members supporting us each season on our cross-country skiing journey! If you're feeling "trail-blazing," why not "pole" your way to a membership before our annual meeting in October? You might just "glide" into one of these three seriously "snow-sational" prizes. It's a "blizzard" of an opportunity, don't you think?
Winners will be chosen at the Annual Gathering; attendance is not required to win.

Volunteer Trails Day

We are looking for someones just like you to join us at GPRA on Sunday afternoon October 8th for our Volunteer Trails Day! Come on out for this free event for all ages and abilities. Many last minute jobs are needed to get the trails ready for snow. Tasks from picking rocks, repairing and installing fencing, digging, pushing and pulling and other fun movements along with the benefit of fresh air and other community friends and supporters. Please sign up so we know how many folks to expect and how much food and drinks to have availble for you after the work is done. Let's get some work done between 1-4pm and then celebrate a job well done!

Junior Nordics!

Hey, snow-loving friends!
We're gearing up for an exciting season, and we can't wait to have your kids on board for Junior Nordics. Registration is just around the snowy corner, set to drop like a gentle flurry this October. Make sure you secure your Membership ahead of time so you can swoosh right into your spot when registration day hits. Ready to glide through the snowy wonderland with a grin on your face? Let's cross-country ski our way into a snow-tastically good time and ❄️ Let's go ski !

We wanted to share some important information with you, out of respect and transparency. This year, we've made adjustments to some of the fees, and we want to explain why. It's a necessary step to ensure we can continue providing a safe and enjoyable experience by replacing and maintaining our equipment. For a more in-depth understanding of these changes, please visit our Junior Nordics page, where you'll find further details and information
Your Junior Nordics skis and poles are ready for pickup! Our thanks to the volunteers who organized our rental gear in preparation for the upcoming ski season.

Season Launch and Autumn Gathering

Calling all community members and outdoor enthusiasts!

Join us at the GPRA Chalet on October 28th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., for our fall social. It's a fantastic opportunity to mingle with familiar faces and make some wonderful new connections.

If you believe your chili recipe is a crowd-pleaser, don't miss the chance to show it off in our friendly contest. Get ready for some chili showdown fun! Plus, get ready for some games, and don't forget to explore our exclusive limited edition SWAG available for purchase. Grab your membership in advance or at the event, and you'll automatically enter a drawing to win one of three exciting prizes.

We will share the accomplishments of this year and unveil our exciting plans for the next season (but we will not be holding board of directors elections, as that has been shifted to a spring Annual Meeting). This event is open to all, and the best part? It's completely free! Let's create lasting memories together!

Trail Counters

If you see one of these little items trail side - they are just passive infrared heat sensors. The devices are not cameras - they are like the motion sensor on a night light, but with a counter instead of a lightbulb.

Counting trail users helps support our never-ending search for funding to maintain and improve your trails.

Surprisingly, our counter on the Blueberry Knoll trail indicated a near 100% increase in summertime trail use on the BBK trail between 2021 and 2023. While winter use of the Nordic trails has increased perhaps 15% over the same span. Now oddly, the BBK trail counter seems to have departed the area, before we could move it to its wintering grounds on Archangel Road. It's a plucky little counter, it survived being slammed by the epic spring 2021 Marmot avalanches, being left open in the rain by a trail miscreant, and having one of our volunteers inadvertently drive a screw through it's cable, so we hope it finds its way home.

Seeking Holiday Elves

Did you experience the magic of the Holiday Tree Tour in December last year on foot or on skis? Did you love it? If you were enchanted by the magic and have a genuine passion for spreading holiday cheer, we want you on our Tree Tour committee! Become one of our Pioneer Loop Elves and contribute your time and ideas to make this growing community event even more amazing.
Just reply to this email to discover how you can get involved!

End of the Iron Ranger

The Mat-Su Borough will soon be removing the old-school cash-in-a-paper envelope pay station at the upper GPRA parking lot. A new electronic pay-for-parking station is already installed in front of the Chalet. This machine accepts credit and debit cards only. Annual Mat-Su Borough Parks parking passes go on sale December 1st each year and can be purchased on the Borough's website.

Moose Range Planning

A Public Comment period is now open for the new Draft Management Plan for the Matanuska Moose Range. As you may already be aware, the Moose Range is one of the areas where we provide support for trail grooming, mapping, and grooming reports. This area is important to many of our community friends. Click the button to read the draft plan and share your valuable feedback, if you care about the Moose Range. Additionally, a list of scheduled public meetings is available for you to attend and make your comments count. Thank you for your participation and input!

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