Friday, December 18, 2009

More snow in Southcentral Alaska

This week has been amazing.
We received another foot of new snow. In some places in the Mat Su Valley even more than that.
It will take some grooming and snow machine traffic on our valley trails before we get to ride our fat tired winter bikes again.
Temperatures are supposed to drop to -20 F according to the Noaa weather service.
We snow shoed again up the trail behind our house which was plenty of workout since we had to basically brake the trail out again.
Last week I skied Archangel road at Hatcher Pass with beautiful sunny skies.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snowfall in Southcentral

There has been a significant amount of snowfall in the the Mat Su Valley and up the Iditarod Trail. According to reports Skwentna received about 2 feet in a 24 hour period this week. Shell Lake and further up the trail received 3 feet and more.
In the Anchorage area and also in the Mat Su Valley some came down in form of rain, but up here in Chickaloon and up the Iditarod Trail it came down in form of snow.
At times it was very wet snow and stuck to the trees, weighing down limbs with a heavy load, but it made for a beautiful wintery landscape.
This also meant we had a lot of chores around the house wind clearing the snow, packing our trails and cutting tree limbs that were now blocking our road and our trails.

Since we have been back to Alaska we have been snowshoeing once behind our house and it was a lot of work braking out a trail.
Hopefully soon we can start checking out the trails in the Mat Su Valley and on the Iditarod Trail to check on trail conditions first hand. We have our first winterbike training camp on the Iditarod Trail coming up shortly, December 27-31.Several new racers have signed up for the camp
and we still have some spots available.