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Mat-Su Ski Club News

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.

SKI-101 clinic at GPRA on Saturday, February 26th at 1:30pm.

Do you want to learn to cross country ski but don’t know how to start? SKI -101 is for you.

This clinic is designed for absolute beginners who have never had skis on the feet before.

If you are an absolute beginner in need of learning how to put on ski gear and need some basic instruction on how to get started skiing, then this class is for you. Join us at GPRA on Saturday the 26th of February at 1:30pm. The class is free and we hope to see you there!

We have a few sets of ski gear to rent for a minimal fee. Reach out to for more information.

Backcountry Bike & Ski also has skis available for rent.

Moose Range Tour Postponed

Due to the warm weather and slushy trails, we are postponing the Moose Range Tour and Social.  Check back with us for a new date when the weather cools down and trail grooming resumes. Be safe out there!

Kenai Mts. Turnagain Arm – KMTA Classic – New event in Girdwood

Calling all Nordic Skiers! The Girdwood Nordic Ski Club is thrilled to announce the inaugural KMTA Classic, a family friendly classic ski race on the 5k Nordic Loop in Girdwood, AK.
Noon start at the Girdwood Nordic 5k parking lot on Sunday, February 27th, 2022.
Co-hosted by Kenai Mountains Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (KMTA) and the Girdwood Nordic Ski Club, this event will celebrate the joy of Nordic skiing and the rich history of the region. Join us on February 27th for some fun in the snow! All proceeds will benefit the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area. 
Race Options:
2k course
4.5k Timed course
2x2x2 relay

Cancelled – Jan 25 Junior Nordics

Junior Nordic practice for tonight, Tuesday January 25th is cancelled. This decision has been made due to hazardous road and trail conditions. Our dedicated groomers will be working hard to get trails back in shape as temperatures cool down this evening. Be careful out there.

Cancelled – Jan 24 Junior Nordics

Due to current trail conditions, both Junior Nordic sessions for today, January 24th are cancelled. This includes afternoon and evening practice. For your safety and preservation of the surface we ask that folks stay off the trails at GPRA until the temperatures cool down and grooming resumes.  Any other schedule changes will be communicated as quickly as we learn them. Thankfully, there is snow in the forecast so keep doing your snow dances!


Ski 101 Postponed

Due to the predicted wind storm set to start tomorrow afternoon, Backcountry Bike And Ski would like to postpone Ski 101.  January 21st is the date planned for Ski 101.  Check the Mat Su Ski Club calendar, located on the homepage, for updates and event details.

Junior Nordic and Adult Ski Lesson Cancellations and Info

The Coaching Clinic rescheduled for today, January 4th is now cancelled….Please check your email inbox later today for new Coach Clinic training information. Spread the word… if you are in touch with any other Junior Nordic Coaches, reach out to them to see if they received this information.

The start of Junior Nordic for families is cancelled for this week and will now begin next week, January 10th. Expect an email that will outline the new start dates.

Due to downed trees and debris on the trails, we are also postponing the start of Adult ski Lessons. Friday, Saturday and Sunday classes are yet to be determined. More information to follow for you as well.

If anyone ventures up to GPRA, please help us clear branches from the trails so grooming can resume asap.  Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

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Mat-Su Ski Club Calendar

July 12, 2022
  • MSSC Board Meeting
    July 12, 2022  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
    Palmer Alehouse, 320 E Dahlia Ave, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

August 2, 2022
  • Board Meeting
    August 2, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    GPRA Chalet