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End of Year Giving, Cross Country Skiing 101, Mat-Su Icicle Double Registration

End of Year Giving, Cross Country Skiing 101, Mat-Su Icicle Double Registration

The Mat-Su Ski Club is a non-profit that promotes Nordic Skiing in the Mat-Su Valley for fun, community and health.

We groom trails at the Government Peak Recreation Area, the Moose Range, Archangel Road and Independence Mine. We host community ski races, and more competitive races, as well as the Annual Ski for Women. We offer educational clinics and adult ski lessons. Hundreds of kids are learning to ski every winter in our Junior Nordic program. We organize and lead community ski get-togethers. We work with other ski organizations, such as local high schools, when they race at the venues we maintain. We organize volunteers, raise funds, pursue grants, and work with public and private agencies and organizations to build new ski trails and to maintain the trails year-round. 

In order to continue all of these programs, we need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible year-end contribution here!

Thanks for you help!

Upcoming Events

Backcountry Bike & Ski and the Mat-Su Ski Club are hosting a Cross Country Skiing 101 Clinic. This clinic will be held on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:30pm at Backcountry Bike & Ski in Palmer. The clinic will cover the basics: gear needed, where to get lessons and how to rent skis. For more information, please check their Facebook page.

The Mat-Su Icicle Double will be held on December 28 and 29, 2019. Three different distances to choose from. Skate on Saturday, Classic on Sunday. Affordable entry fees and online registration. Prizes for the top finishers! 

Blue Crew Race Volunteers

Blue Crew Race Volunteers

Hey Folks, Join our Blue Crew of race volunteers and get this great Blue Crew insulated jacket to wear at the races or in town around the Valley. Sign up to volunteer for at least 5 out of our 9 races and you will get the Blue Crew jacket on us! If you can’t help us with 5 races, come join us anyway and become part of the Blue Crew !

Sign Up Here!

The races are exciting and fun to watch. Sign up at the link below before December 10, so we can order the jackets!

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.

Recap of 2018-2019 Grooming of Nordic Ski Trails

The 2018-19 grooming season lasted 197 days. (Compared to 226 days last season)

Our grooming season started on Oct 29th at both Independence Mine and GPRA; and ended on May 14th, back at Independence Mine. We would have continued grooming for another week or two, but the State came up and plowed the snow away.

At Independence Mine we groomed on 11 fall days and 3 spring days; 112 hours of grooming (not including 27 hours of trail prep and equipment shuttling). (Compared to 21 fall and 9 spring grooming events last season)

At Archangel Road we groomed on 50 days, during a 151-day period;  237 hours of grooming. (Compared to 40 grooming events over 183 days last season)

At GPRA and Mountain Streams we groomed on 47 days, during a 138-day period; 380 hours of grooming. (Compared to 58 grooming events over 153 days last season)

At the Matanuska Moose Range we groomed on 40 days, over a 101-day period; 75 hours of grooming.  (Compared to 35 grooming events over 102 days last season)

About 800 Mat-Su Ski Club volunteer hours went into grooming and machine maintenance during the 2018-2019 Nordic ski season. (Compared to about 900 hours last ski season)


Thanks to Our Volunteers

Thanks to the volunteers who maintained the GPRA Nordic ski trails on May 19th, July 11th, July 15th, and July 20th.

Small groups, but strong!

Erosion issues on the steep climb above the Terrain Park are fixed, and the entire Comp Loops were reseeded as necessary. Rock chucking and hand-smoothing of the brand-new-in-June trail segments is completed.  Trails were re-contoured at some bridge approaches, with reinforcing stonework, on the Matanuska and Susitna loops.

Opportunity still awaits! The Eska Loop and the waterfall drop on the Denali still need some erosion control work.

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Mat-Su Ski Club Calendar

December 23, 2022
  • Holiday Tree Tour of Lighted Trees on Pioneer Loop
    December 23, 2022

    Come and go between 4pm and 7pm and tour the lighted trees on the Pioneer Loop at Government Peak Recreational Area (GPRA). Suitable for all levels of skiers and walkers are welcome. This is a free event. Please join us and let us light up your night and brighten your holiday!

December 31, 2022
  • Icicle Double
    December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023  

January 1, 2023
  • Icicle Double
    December 31, 2022 - January 1, 2023  

January 8, 2023
  • Northern Lights Series Race #1
    January 8, 2023  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

January 14, 2023
  • Besh Cup 3-4
    January 14, 2023 - January 15, 2023  
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

January 15, 2023
  • Besh Cup 3-4
    January 14, 2023 - January 15, 2023  
    Government Peak Recreation Area, N Mountain Trails Dr, Palmer, AK 99645, USA

January 29, 2023
  • Northern Lights Series Race #2
    January 29, 2023  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm