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Flattop Loop expansion in progress

Flattop Loop expansion in progress

Work has started on completing the Flattop Loop, so that it will be a true loop, as originally planned. You can help. May is a great season for clearing the devilsclub, alders, and all the rest – before the new growth obscures everything. Bring a lopper to cut the remaining devils club, roses, and other little bushes. or just a pair of devils club-proof gloves and toss the already cut pieces off the trail.

You can help with your own virtual work party.  Starting from the bottom of Eska, walk out the Flattop and look for the very obvious lines of pink flagging and the survey stakes with arrows and instructions on them for the three in-progress trail segments: O oscar, B bravo, and D delta.  Here is a map of the work areas.

A pair of devilsclub-proof gloves is all you need – there are lots of already cut stalks to toss off the trail alignment.  Bring a lopper too if you want, there are always more stalks yet to be cut.

Contact us if you want to help, or just head out on your own. It is a nice walk this time of year and even if you do only a tiny bit of work, it will help.

BIG GROOMING MONTH

BIG GROOMING MONTH

April skiing is great! March brought tons of snow and the MSSC volunteer groomers were busy. Our new uber-tool, the PB100, moved in mid-March from GPRA up to Independence to re-open the trails there after massive snowfalls. At GPRA, Archangel, Independence, and the Moose Range, 256 volunteer hours in March maintained the ski and multiuse trails.

Thanks to Volunteer Groomers!

Thanks to Volunteer Groomers!

Your volunteer groomers were busy in February:

53 hours at Independence Mine, 17 hours at Archangel Road, 32 hours in the Moose Range, and 91 hours of grooming at GPRA. They groomed trails on 24 days last month.

Trails Aren’t Ready Yet

Trails Aren’t Ready Yet

Please stay off the Government Peak ski trails, they are almost ready. Although there is a lot of water and slush right under the new snow, and if we ski on it (or groom it), it will create ice. Hopefully by Monday (night?) we can groom it. It is so close to being great skiing it hurts not be able to ski on those great trails, but the wait will be WELL WORTH IT.

Trails Aren’t Ready Yet

Trail Conditions Today

GPRA looks good, but it is sloppy wet smush. All Users: Please stay off of the Comp and Mat-Su Loops, so that they will be skiable when it cools down. The Comp Loops and Mat-Su Loops are closed to all Walkers and Bikers for the season. Pioneer Loop is open for all uses.

The New PistenBully

The New PistenBully

The Mat-Su Ski Club’s newly-acquired 2006 PistenBully 100 has arrived. We are using it to groom at Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass. As the snowline moves down from the alpine, so will the PB. It will spend most of the winter at GPRA. Besides helping prevent our (volunteer) groomers from going insane circling the trails 40 times on our old equipment after huge snowfalls, the PB should bring a marked improvement to grooming quality at GPRA.

Years of paid Club memberships,  Junior Nordic participation fees, and your generous donations made this possible.

FIRST TRACKS!

The 2019-2020 ski season is now happening at Independence Mine. Grooming started on October 16th two years ago, October 29th last year, and October 6 this year!

The Club was Busy Last Summer

Volunteers did a fair amount of trail maintenance and improvement at GPRA between ski seasons.  A few days of heavy equipment work accomplished a lot: building a clever new cut-through that includes part of the Matanuska Loop into the homologated race loops, along with widening key spots and improving corners on the Matanuska; a few key drainage issues were addressed; some very large rocks were removed.  Volunteers built a new section of winter-only trail, with one bridge, connecting the Mountain Streams loops to the Flattop Trail.

In the summer the nordic trail system is basically 30 spaghetti acres of lawn, some of it on pretty steep hills. A lot of people helped maintain the trails and repair damage. Lots of small scale dirt work and rock reinforcing and vegetation rehab.  The whole system got mowed the usual five or six times. A significant timbering effort thinned the beetle killed spruce back from the trails.

Thanks to the volunteers who helped maintain GPRA last summer and to the sponsors that supported that work.

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Mat-Su Ski Club Calendar

March 3, 2024
  • Junior Nordics Finisher Race Series #3
    March 3, 2024  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

March 5, 2024
  • Mat-Su Ski Club Board Meeting
    March 5, 2024
    GPRA

    Open to the public.  Please email info@matsuski.org for details and time.

March 6, 2024
  • Last Day Junior Nordics M/W Field Day
    March 6, 2024
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

March 7, 2024
  • Last Day Junior Nordics T/Th Field Day
    March 7, 2024
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

March 10, 2024
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March 14, 2024
March 15, 2024
March 16, 2024
April 2, 2024
  • Mat-Su Ski Club Board Meeting
    April 2, 2024
    GPRA

    Open to the public.  Please email info@matsuski.org for details and time.

April 13, 2024
  • Spring Annual Meeting 2024
    April 13, 2024

    Details to come....