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Nov. 26 – Turkey Trax at GPRA

Welcome to the Palmer Moose Nordic Ski Team Booster Club Turkey Trax Community Ski Race. Friday Nov 26, 2021 at GPRA.

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The race will be wave starts. Elite and fast skiers are encouraged to sign up for the Fast Wave at 11:00. Recreational skiers doing the 4K or 1K should sign up for the Party Wave at 12:00. If there is no snow on the trails, this will be a foot race on the same course.

The Palmer Moose Nordic Ski Team Booster Club (PMNSTBC) is a non-profit (501(c)(3) organization that provides support for the Palmer High School Nordic Ski Team. PMNSTBC hosts 1 -2 high school races each year at Government Peak Recreation Area, and also organizes a fundraising community ski race at GPRA called Turkey Trax. The money raised from the Turkey Trax goes to the costs of Palmer High School team travel, vans, wax, and the large fleet of skis boots and poles we make available for rent to high school athletes from Palmer High, Colony High, and Su-Valley.

Thank you for support!

Moonlight Ski Tour Dec 29 6:30pm

Moonlight Ski Tour Dec 29 6:30pm

Come join us in the moonlight on the beginner friendly old-school trails in the Matanuska Moose Range. Best for people who have been on skis a few times already. Bring the kids if they are already happy on skis for at least an hour.

Meet at 6:30 pm at the Sun Valley Drive trailhead. Use this map to find the trailhead, or put it on your phone https://matsuski.org/moose-range-trail-map/
Our tour will take us out onto the “swamp” where there is a big wide view of the sky and the moonlit Talkeetna’s.
Don’t trust the clouds – bring a headlamp.  Expect to be out for an hour to 90 minutes. More info or questions? Ask here info@matsuski.org

GPS address of the trailhead is approximately 9345 Sun Valley Dr. Palmer AK

Please do not park across from or right next to driveways, and everyone should park on the same side of the road, leaving clear room for emergency traffic.

Ski 101 class for curious beginners

Are you new to skiing. or even to snow sports at all? You can participate in our live, interactive on-line virtual Skiing 101 class. On Tuesday, December 15th at 6:30pm. It’s free. On Google Meet. Lorene and Sydney will lead you through the basics of the equipment, how to prepare and dress for Nordic skiing, and set you up with a fundamental understanding to get you started right when you hit the trails.

Contact info@matsuski.org for more instructions on how to attend Skiing 101 on Tuesday.

A followup on-snow Ski 101 clinic for first-timers will be offered also (date TBD).

Join a notice list for future Ski101 clinics – click on the Ski101 tab on the Adult Ski Lessons page.

1st Annual Turkey Trax at GPRA

1st Annual Turkey Trax at GPRA

Friday Nov 27th at GPRA. Turkey Trax is a family-friendly, costume-optional, community Nordic ski event and race. Pie raffles! Gift-card awards for costumes!

We will hold a Covid-safe event by being outdoors the entire time, using an interval start, requiring mask wearing for everyone not actively racing, requiring conscientious social distancing, and other measures. We want to see you and ski with you. But please, if you or anyone in your bubble has any symptoms, or has had a close contact with a positively tested person in the last two weeks, we ask that you stay home.

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Race to the Outhouse – Saturday, Nov 14th, Independence Mine

Our annual season-starting race is on for Saturday, Nov 14th.  The venue is the mostly uphill 3.4 km course at Independence Mine. Registration will begin at 9:30 am in the parking lot. Interval starts will be from 10:00 AM – 11:30AM. Cost is FREE. Covid adjustments including an interval start, mask-wearing for non-racing people, conscientious social distancing, and non-sharing of pens and stuff will be in place. We need a few volunteers to help with timing and recording; volunteers will be stationed up the trail at the finish line. Contact Ed at 354-7524 or edstrabelak@gmail.com if you want to help.

Final Ski Rental for Junior Nordics

November 12th is the last chance to pick up ski gear for the upcoming Junior Nordics season!  Volunteers will be at the shed at GPRA at 5:30 ready to size gear, help with the necessary rental paperwork, and accept payment for a short time only.  Please sign up here to let us know you are coming.  If you want to volunteer during this event, please contact Allison Fry at info@matsuski.org.

*Skis and poles can be rented through Mat-Su Ski Club for $50 a pair.  This includes skis with bindings and poles.  We accept cash, checks, and cards, however cash or check are preferred (the card reader isn’t Alaskan enough to work consistently in the cold!).

*A refundable ski and pole deposit of $150 per pair of skis is required at time of rental. Please bring a separate check with you for this deposit.  The check should be post-dated for April 17th, 2021.

It’s also important to note that Backcountry Bike & Ski will be set up in the parking lot of their store in downtown Palmer to rent boots and sell wax kits to Junior Nordics families on October 31st at 12:00-3:00 PM.  They will be accepting cash, card, and check, but will not have change, so please bring exact change.  The price of boot rental is $41.20 and wax kits will be sold for $46.35.

 

Registration Now Open: Mat-Su Ski for Women: Feb. 9, 2020

Registration Now Open: Mat-Su Ski for Women: Feb. 9, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 Mat-Su Ski for Women. Registration is free but there is a suggested donation of $25. All proceeds will benefit Alaska Family Services.

The Mat-Su Ski for Women will be held on February 9th at GPRA. Registration starts at 1pm. The 4K Fun Ski begins at 2pm. Potluck and raffle after the ski. Please bring a dish to share. Costumes are encouraged. Best costume takes home the Golden Ski Pole. Everyone is welcome to attend!!

We also have some new items available in our store this year. We have headbands, stickers and hoodies.

Ski Tour on Saturday, February 15th

Ski Tour on Saturday, February 15th

Join us on an easy ski tour next to the frozen Little Susitna River. We will ski on the Goldmint Trail for several miles, then return the same way. The trail will be gently rolling with great views of the river ice and snow formations and the surrounding peaks. It is an easy tour, but you should be comfortable  skiing in ungroomed tracks. Expect to be out for two or three hours. No cost.

Meet in the Goldmint parking lot at 1pm (across from where the MotherLode used to be).

Northern Lights Cup Community Races

Northern Lights Cup Community Races

The Northern Lights Cup Community Races are your chance to enjoy a great ski with others in our ski community here in the Mat-Su. Want to have an active Sunday afternoon? Have great groomed trails for a ski? Enjoy the scenery at The Peak? Whether you ski in fancy skin suits or in old woolly knickers, our Sunday afternoon Cup races are just for you. All races are wave start by race distance.

January 26, 2020 Freestyle (skate or classic) Race 1, 5, 10K

February 23, 2020, Skiathlon Race: 5K Skate, 5K Classic with equipment exchange between skate and classic

We have three categories of racers with both men’s and women’s divisions:

Youth 12 and under; Student 13-24; Adult 25 and up. (Ages are as of 12/31/2019).

Northern Light Cup points will be awarded to everyone who finishes a race.

Northern Lights Cup Community Races

Northern Lights Cup-Community Race Series: Register now!

We are excited to announce our new Northern Lights Cup Community Race Series!

Here’s your chance to enjoy a great ski with others in our ski community here in the Mat-Su. Want to have an active Sunday afternoon? Have great groomed trails for a ski? Enjoy the scenery at The Peak? Whether you ski in fancy skin suits or in old woolly knickers, our Sunday afternoon Cup races are just for you. For those who need the incentive of competition, points are accumulated throughout 3 races and a Cup winner will be announced at the last race. All races are wave start by race distance.

Dates of Northern Lights Series:

January 12, 2020 Classic Race 1, 5, 10K

January 26, 2020 Freestyle (skate or classic) Race 1, 5, 10K

February 23, 2020, Skiathlon Race: 5K Skate, 5K Classic with equipment exchange between skate and classic

We have three categories of racers with both men’s and women’s divisions:

Youth 12 and under; Student 13-24; Adult 25 and up. (Ages are as of 12/31/2019).

You can enter all days or just individual races.

Northern Light Cup points will be awarded to everyone who finishes a race.

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Mat-Su Ski Club Calendar

December 7, 2021
  • Board Meeting
    December 7, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    GPRA Chalet

December 10, 2021
  • High School Race Series
    December 10, 2021

December 11, 2021
  • High School Race Series
    December 11, 2021

December 17, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 18, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 19, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 20, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 21, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 22, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 23, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 24, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Holiday Tree Tour of Lighted Trees on Pioneer Loop
    December 24, 2021  4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Come and go between 4pm and 7pm and tour decorated trees on the Pioneer Loop at GPRA. Suitable for all levels of skiers and walkers. There will be warm drinks, cheer and more! Send email to info@matsuski.org to sponsor a tree.

December 25, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 26, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 27, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 28, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 29, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

December 30, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Mat-Su Icicle Double
    December 30, 2021

December 31, 2021
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Mat-Su Icicle Double
    December 31, 2021
    GPRA

January 1, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

January 2, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

January 3, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

January 4, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Adult Ski Lessons Start
    January 4, 2022
    GPRA

  • Board Meeting
    January 4, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    GPRA Chalet

January 5, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Junior Nordics first day Mon-Wed session
    January 5, 2022
    GPRA

    Parent attendance mandatory

January 6, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • Junior Nordics first day Tue-Thur session
    January 6, 2022
    GPRA

    Parent attendance mandatory

January 7, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • High School Races
    January 7, 2022
    GPRA

January 8, 2022
  • Holiday Trees on Pioneer Loop at GPRA
    December 17, 2021 - January 8, 2022  

  • High School Races
    January 8, 2022
    GPRA

  • Ski 101
    January 8, 2022

    more information to come

January 9, 2022
  • Northern Lights Race Series #1
    January 9, 2022
    GPRA

    Classic

January 15, 2022
  • Backup for Besh Cup Race
    January 15, 2022
    GPRA

  • Educational Event/Fundraiser at Hatcher Pass
    January 15, 2022
    Hatcher Pass Lodge, Mi 175 & Fishhook Willow Rd, Gold Cord Rd, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

January 16, 2022
  • Backup for Besh Cup Race
    January 16, 2022
    GPRA

January 28, 2022
  • High School Races
    January 28, 2022
    GPRA

January 29, 2022
  • High School Races
    January 29, 2022
    GPRA

January 30, 2022
  • Northern Lights Race Series #2
    January 30, 2022
    GPRA

    Freestyle

February 1, 2022
  • Backup for RIMSA races
    February 1, 2022
    GPRA

  • Board Meeting
    February 1, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    GPRA Chalet