Ski trails groomed at Beach Lake, but early season conditions persist

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 16:48
  • A skier heads out onto the Beach Lake Trails in Chugiak on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. The trails have been groomed but are rocking in some places, according to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The Beach Lake Trails and Beach Lake Chalet in Chugiak, Alaska, on Nov. 15, 2018. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The pickings are slim, but there are options for Nordic skiers in the Anchorage area this weekend.

According to the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, trails at Beach Lake Park in Chugiak were groomed Wednesday — though skiers should proceed with care.

“More rocks are surfacing so ski with caution,” reads the NSAA grooming report for the trails.

Beach Lake got about five inches of snow Oct. 30, which allowed groomers to begin building a base.

Check the association’s website ( for up-to-date information on trail grooming and conditions.

Trails at Eagle River High School have also been compacted and are skiable, though those at Bartlett have not been groomed.

As of Wednesday, the Hillside Trails and those at Kincaid Park had yet to be groomed, though the Hillside trails do have enough snow cover for rock skis, according to online reports. The association will continue to monitor the trails and groom if enough snow falls later in the week.

“At this point we are trying to develop a sustainable base layer,” read the NSAA trail report Thursday.

At Kincaid Park, temperatures were cold enough for snow-making Thursday, though there’s still not yet enough snow for the association to recommend skiing.

Skiers venturing north of Anchorage may have more luck this weekend, with trails at the Independence Mine groomed Wednesday, according to a report posted to by Mat-Su Ski Club groomer Mark Strabel. Strabel reported both skate trails and classic tracks were groomed.

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