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Volunteer News

Thanks for your Help!

Big thanks to the crew that came out for the October 8th Volunteer Trails Day at Government Peak Recreation Area. A lot of people pitched in to do a lot of fun work. Digging post holes! Every item on the day’s to-do list got checked off. Good job volunteers! Thanks to the Alaska Nordic Racing gang! Trail sides on the Pioneer Loop and Mt Streams Access were brushed. Denali Loop culvert smoothers moved a bunch of dirt in buckets! Rock patrols circled the Pioneer Loop and Terrain Park. Our stadium stuff was carried from one place to a different place! Our stylish cedar portable fencing was repaired. Twenty-two post holes were dug and had posts for permanent fencing installed.

We have some work left before the snow flies and sticks. One project is finishing the lighting redesign. Electricians will trench and install wiring to the relocated light posts in the stadium. After that we will need volunteers to rehab the surface. The other project, still waiting on engineering permits, is the construction of a timing station on top of our new Stadium Seacan. We expect to do this with mostly volunteer help, so stay tuned you volunteer carpenters.

Big Progress at GPRA

The first part of the new GPRA storage/timing stadium hut is in place. You can see it on the GPRA Stadium Cam.

A small band of dedicated volunteers laid a gravel and timber foundation. A 20-foot long, doors-on-both-ends seacan is now placed there, waiting for the construction of a timing station on top of it. The lower level will be drive-thru parking for the rescue snowmobile and sled, and will provide some storage for trail stuff. We hope to get the final engineering sign off of the timing facility, and then build it, pretty darn soon. A few essential tasks remain to prepare the stadium for winter. Foremost among them is running electricity to the newly-relocated light poles, which will be done by professional electricians, and repairing the trenches they leave, which will be done by volunteers. The stadium project is a small part of the completed Mat-Su Borough construction of a second parking lot at GPRA this summer.

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.

The Piston Bulley has new belts!

Thanks to a talented group of volunteers, the Piston Bulley now has new rubber belts and is ready to make its mark on the trails. A sunny day was much appreciated and certainly aided in a dry place to work as well as bringing out smiling faces. The Sunday volunteers are no longer needed as this job was completed much faster than anticipated. To those who volunteered and were not needed, thank you for offering your time. Think Snow!!

The Pisten Bulley needs our help!

The Pisten Bulley needs our help!

New Dates to fix the Piston Bulley!

On Saturday and Sunday, August 28th and 29th at Mark Strabel’s house on Waldo Reed off of Edgerton Parks, adjacent to GPRA, from 9AM to 5ish. We would like a team of about 3-4 people from 9am – 1pm and 1pm to 5pm each day – CLICK HERE to sign up to help. We hope to get it all done on Saturday and ask for Sunday volunteers as a backup in case the project runs longer than expected.  We are going to replace six worn-out track belts on our PistenBulley. This entails unbolting 3 track belts on each side and installing new track belts. We will also reverse the drive sprockets. Tools needed if you have them: Impact drivers with deep well metric sockets 14, 15, 16 and 17 mm as well as hand held propane troches for softening up locktite on the bolts. The Club will provide pizza and sodas and some tools. Pizza will be served around 12:30 each day for anyone that joins us.

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 info@matsuski.org if you have questions.

The Blue Crew needs You!

The Blue Crew needs You!

Be the Blue Crew! Volunteer for the Icicle Double next weekend, Saturday December 26th – Sunday December 27th. We need you, on skis or not, experienced or not!

Please click on the link to the Sign Up Genius and come out for a great day of ski fun and competition.

Sign up here.

Saturday Oct 10, 10am – 2pm GPRA work party

Its that time of year again! Volunteers needed to stroll the trails at GPRA getting them ready for winter.

On Saturday, October 10th; from 10am to 2pm we will have a work party at GPRA. Meet in the GPRA parking lot at 10am.

Mostly the Sisyphean job of tossing rocks of off the Denali trail. There will also be an opportunity to do a little shovel, rake, and bucket work where we reset a culvert. Grass seed will be spread locally.. We need to fix a few moose-vandalized U-board hangers with some dowels and glue. Finally, a posthole digger patrol will walk the Flattop, standing back up signs dragged out of their postholes by a mysterious force.

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.

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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

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    March 7, 2024
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

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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
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    April 13, 2024

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