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Trails & Grooming News

Tentative Grooming Plans for April 16 to 22

GPRA: Tentative grooming schedule: Early AM Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Archangel Rd: DOT plans to clear avalanche debris off the Hatcher Pass Rd next week. The road will be closed just past Skeetawk until the work is done. We will assess and groom Archangel after the road opens. Five feet of snow still.

Independence Mine: No grooming, road still closed. Over six feet of snow still.

Moose Range: Last groomed Wednesday 13 April. The grooming season for the Moose Range may be over, still hard trails in the morning, bare spots and water appearing.

Tentative Grooming Plans for April 9 to 15.

Archangel Rd: No grooming April 9th or 10th due to snowmobile races. Hatcher Pass Road closed at Gold Mint lot. Tentative plans to groom Monday April 11th and Friday April 15th.
GRPA:  We will groom on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and on some weekdays, weather allowing. 18 inches of packed snow on the trails.
Independence Mine: No grooming possible. The road is closed. The road may not be opened up till late May or June. 90 inches of snow.
Moose Range: 12-16 inches of packed snow on the trails.  Trails are getting soft or rock hard, depending.  Grooming is becoming difficult.
Be aware – access to Archangel Road requires skiing 1 somewhat steep mile uphill on the un-groomed Hatcher Pass Road or skiing 1/2 mile on a steeper snowmachine trail. Either way it is a 400 vertical foot climb from the parking to the groomed trail. For comparison, the downhill ski area at Skeetawk has a 300 vertical foot lift.

Tentative Grooming and Trail Info for the week of March 31st

Independence Mine:
27 degrees.  89 inches of settled snow at the visitor center weather station.  Not groomed.  Road closed.  Palmer DOT office said clearing the road is a low priority project.  The road may not be opened up till late May or June.
Archangel Rd:
29 degrees.  Estimate 72 inches of packed snow on the groomed trail.  The Hatcher Pass Rd is still closed above the Gold Mint parking lot.  Mat-Su Ski Club is accessing the road from the snowmachine corridor and grooming the non-motorized section periodically.  It was last groomed Friday night 25 March.  It will be groomed the evenings of  Friday, 1 April and then again on Sunday night 3 April.
37 degrees.  18 inches of packed powder on the groomed trails.  Mat-Su Ski Club regularly “scarifies”, the skate lanes on most trails.  Last grooming was early AM 31 March.  Most grooming now occurs in the early AM to take advantage of colder temperatures.  On Friday,1 April The Mat-Su ski club will scarify the Mat-Su, Pioneer, and Eska loops.  We will also attempt to groom on both Saturday and Sunday 2-3 April.
Moose Range:
38 degrees.  16 inches of packed snow on the groomed trails.  Volunteer groomers have been scarifying the trails on a regular basis.  Hard packed snow, some overflow on the swamp.  Lots of moose prints and nuggets.  May be better for fat tire biking than skiing.

Tentative Grooming and Trail Info for the week of March 28th

Archangel Rd:
Temp 28 degrees, est. 75 inches of packed snow on the road.  Hatcher Pass Rd is still closed above the Gold Mint parking lot.   While the road is closed above the Gold Mint parking lot, our groomers have been able to use the snowmachine corridor from the Gold Mint lot to access Archangel Rd.
Skiers: To access Archangel road, park at the Gold Mint lot and ski up and down the snowmachine trail.  Skiers that have visited this area report good access to Archangel.  The snowmachine trail is steep in areas. It is suggested to go early morning or late evening in an attempt to avoid heavy snowmachine traffic.
Independence Mine:
Temp 27 degrees, est. 100 inches of snow (unpacked) on the mine trails.  Not groomed , road still closed.
Temp 37 degrees, 22 inches of packed snow on the trails,  Early last Saturday and Sunday, all trails were re-groomed.  Grooming is planned for all of GPRA tomorrow, Tuesday March 29th.
Moose Range:
Temp 37 degrees, 22 inches of packed snow on the trails.  Volunteer groomers report hard packed trails with some icy sections.  Good for hiking and Fat Tire Biking.

Independence Mine is the best place to ski in the world right now!

If you haven’t heard the news, Independence Mine is the “No.1 best place to ski in the world” according to the ADN.  Click here to read the article that shares some rave reviews about the ski trails at the Mine.  Yesterday was a picture perfect day up there and the grooming exceptional!  Every single person on the trails smiling from ear to ear!  It is always exciting to share early grooming news with friends near and far to hear their reaction.  Having these beautiful ski trails in our back yard is truly a gift to be thankful for.  Our groomers are some amazing volunteers!

Volunteer Trails Day Cancelled

Hi friends,
The Volunteer Trails Day for this Saturday,October 9th has been cancelled. The trails are in great shape thanks to all the amazing volunteers this summer that helped clean up and clear debris to make way for snow cover. If you happen to take a walk on the trails to enjoy the fall colors, keep an eye out for rocks or debris and toss it aside. After all, a smooth ski trail is a happy ski trail!

A friendly reminder to dog owners – please be considerate to fellow trail friends and other dogs by keeping your pet leashed.

Volunteer Opportunities in August

Thursday evening August Trail Work Parties at GPRA!*

We will gather on some Thursday evenings in August at the ski club shed at GPRA to do trail work, from 6:30 to 8:30. CLICK HERE to sign up. Directions to the work sites will be posted on the shed for late arrivals. Mostly rock tossing, shoveling, raking, brush lopping, tree planting. Bring work gloves, and maybe a shovel or loppers or bow rake.

Contact if you have questions.

Tree-felling at GPRA

Please respect the trail closures and the crew clearing hazard trees. If a sign says trail closed, please use another trail. Theirs lots of them! It looks like the trail closures are for 8am to 6pm Monday thru Friday.

Grooming season recap

Grooming season recap


The just-eneded Nordic ski trail grooming season was seven and a half months long: 216 days of groomed-trail skiing. Starting two weeks later than last year but ending 5 days later, this season was 10 days shorter than last season,.

Volunteers spent 1394 hours grooming and training, and maintaining machines, during the 2020-21 grooming season. This was our second season with the PistenBully in our grooming fleet, as well as the second season in which we groomed throughout the winter at Independence Mine. We put a total of 5814 miles on our grooming fleet this season.

This was a solid winter with no trail-closing winter warmup at GPRA. A large wet storm cycle at the beginning of April produced historic-scale road-closing avalanches at Hatcher Pass. The Hatcher Pass road was closed for ten days in early April. The avalanches paused Independence Mine grooming and brought Archangel Road grooming to an early end – we did not resume grooming at Archangel after the road opened, as it was deeply buried in debris. Grooming hours increased at the Moose Range and decreased at Independence (by 50%), relative to last year.

Independence Mine:  Oct 19 to May 22.  40 grooming days (50% decrease from last season)

Archangel Road:       Oct 28 to March 19.  37 grooming days (26% decrease from last season)

GPRA:                       Oct 27 to April 21.  84 grooming days (35% increase from last season)

Moose Range:           Nov 22 to Apr 9.  79 grooming days (15% increase from last season)

Nordic ski Grooming ends for season on May 22nd.

Well, it finally happened. Flowers are blooming and people are boating. And the Mat-Su Ski Club closed out the 2020-21 ski season with a final groom of the Independence Mine Nordic trails on May 22nd. Still plenty of snow up at Hatcher Pass, but it is pretty smooshy. See you next season! And hopefully before then, because we have a lot of trail work to do this summer!

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