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Any update on Talkeetna Lakes Park trails being opened? ... See MoreSee Less

Thursday April 28th, 2016 - 1:32 pm

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Jacque DrummThe gates are open now. I biked at 5am and the trails were hard but the frost is not out of the hiking trail and it would've been mushy later in the day. The ski trails seem firm on more gravel portions. Saw a otter about 150 feet from the lake coming out of a stump. Defiantly made me look twice to figure out what it was. A fat 30lb weasel look funny in the forest. Hope that helps.

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Mark Goetschsome places are a little soft. but, most of it is in good shape. just tread lightly are the soft spots

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The snow at Hatcher Pass is EXCELLENT. Archangel Road was primo as were all the trails around the mines. I would say you have another week of good skiing up there. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 16th, 2016 - 5:18 pm

The snow at Hatcher Pass is EXCELLENT. Archangel Road was primo as were all the trails around the mines. I would say you have another week of good skiing up there.

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Eva GardnerI second that--we found beautiful, epic crust out the Mint Valley this morning!

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Mark of the park report for 4/12/16
Hate to say this. But, I have to close the gates on Thursday 4/14.
Will open them back up as soon as possible. Hope everyone had a great ski season. See ya in fall. Thanks for all the comments. :-)
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Tuesday April 12th, 2016 - 7:49 pm

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Carlene Van Tol😩

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Dan HarrellI hiked it today and was going to email you to suggest that. Good call. It'll be dry in two weeks if this weather keeps up. Thanks Mark. Be patient people.

1 month ago   ·  2
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Rachel DayMark, Thanks for the beautiful trails this winter!

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Yes you can ski on April 9th. This would be amazing if it had gone below freezing last night. Mile 131. ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday April 9th, 2016 - 4:28 pm

Yes you can ski on April 9th. This would be amazing if it had gone below freezing last night. Mile 131.

Aubrey Smith, Laura Hilger and 6 others like this

Anja Fein RadanoI went yesterday on the lake and had a hard crash on the ice but it's still super fun!

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Skiing on the Lakes trails was great today!! Snow pack is consolidated, firm, not as punchy for poles as it was on the weekend so either skate or classic is good (though classic track is put in "best line") Get out there, people! Shorts and tee skiing cant be beat! ... See MoreSee Less

Monday April 4th, 2016 - 7:49 pm

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Mark GoetschGoing to groom on Tuesday am. Trails are GREAT

2 months ago
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Mark of the park report 3/30/16
It's to early to quit skiing. So, I
checked out the ski trails today. They look so good I groomed a set track with "best line". Trail is still firm. But wet. However, The lakes are gone. lots of water on them. Hiking trail still hard. Come and get the last skiing in for the year. :-)
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Wednesday March 30th, 2016 - 9:01 pm

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Deb WesslerHard to believe! Everything else around here is slush.

2 months ago
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Laura WrightI skied part of it Friday AM and it was nice.

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It was great skiing early this afternoon around the lakes trails! Fast but not icy. A little rutted but soft enough to ski over ruts. ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday March 27th, 2016 - 12:54 pm

Mark of the park report for 3/24/16
Well, Tried to groom this morning. Got some of the ruts out of the trail. but, Turning ice again. unfortunately, The ski season is coming to a quick end. Forecasting warm weather and rain. The lakes are melting the little snow that they had and also icy. Ski trails are holding up well. Just hard and icy. Will keep grooming until it gets to "punchy"
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Thursday March 24th, 2016 - 8:12 pm

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Aubrey SmithI had an excellent ski on the trails this afternoon, thank you for grooming!

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Dan HarrellWas there just as you finished grooming and it was very good. I had the feeling that it was probably my last good ski of the season. Thanks for all your work Mark. It is more appreciated than you know. It's Crazy how good the skiing was with so few days of snow. You guys are a big reason why. Thanks for caring.

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Who took all the pictures at Oosik and are online? ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 - 11:31 am

Jim FalconerTouch of Denali Studios: touchofdenalistudio.smugmug.com/Oosik/

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Whigmi to Fish Lake is groomed for skate. Fish Lake is groomed for skate skiing. ... See MoreSee Less

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016 - 10:08 am

Lisa Drumm, Mark Goetsch and 6 others like this

Paul BebergJim, that's great you're getting out there and doing all this grooming. Much appreciated and keep the updates coming when you can.

2 months ago   ·  1
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Peggy HicksAwesome! Thanks so much Jim! 😊

2 months ago
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Aubrey SmithThank you for not only grooming, but posting! I have thoroughly enjoyed those trails this winter and spring!!

2 months ago
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