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March 19, 2016

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Talkeetna, AK

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Any suggestions for my heels rubbing in my new ski boots and giving me blisters?? Does duck tape work? I don't have any mole skin and the blister pads I have, rub off. I have narrow heels and my boots have a larger heel pocket. This pair was the best of all the ones I tried on. Thanks for any suggestions. -kelli ... See MoreSee Less

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 - 11:08 am

Jim FalconerThere are some lacing techniques that may help: www.verywell.com/lace-your-shoes-to-fit-right-3436348 Make sure you are using all of the eyelets all the way to the top-most. Some shoes or boots have an extra eyelet on the top which may help.

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Laura WrightI have a similar problem. I build up the inside of the heel with duct tape and ensolite pad. If I already have a blister and know that rubbing will continue to happen than I take a small rectangle of ensolite cut a hole out of it where the blister is and duct tape that to my heel. Then put on my socks. I have found that no amount of lacing techniques work... a narrow heel is a narrow heel and usually boots do not feet correctly.

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Dan HarrellYes! Duct tape on a dry foot prior to and pay attention to socks and lacing.

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Thank you Mark. Skate skied today on X-Y lakes and the trail you laid adhered well despite the wind yesterday! Great skiing for only 4" of snow. Ski on! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday December 4th, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Dan Harrell, Corinne Smith and 4 others like this

Mark GoetschYour welcome

5 days ago
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XY trails are totally rock-skiable and fun today! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday December 3rd, 2016 - 1:20 pm

Mark of the park report for 12/02/16
With the recent snow that we got. I groomed the ski trails today. Not recommended to ski them yet. Lots of frost heaves and ruts on the trails.
I did groom Z, X, Y, and Tigger today. They turned out great. The snow should bond well to the ice over night. So, the skiing season has begun. Enjoy
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Friday December 2nd, 2016 - 9:52 pm

Mark Goetsch, Tracey Bosshardt and 15 others like this

Hans Millerthank you

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Sue DeyoeSkiied it yesterday in a spontaneous Woolly Wooden Ski! Great fun, thanks

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X lake was very talkative today. Unnerving to us newbie lake skaters. Reassurance from our friend made us stick it out. - kelli ... See MoreSee Less

Monday November 28th, 2016 - 6:19 pm

Great skating on Christiansen Lake,too. Ice is probably 6-7" thick by the looks of it. ... See MoreSee Less

Monday November 21st, 2016 - 4:39 pm

Elizabeth Siegel Burnside, Mark Goetsch and 4 others like this

Patrick McGowndYay. I better get up there.

3 weeks ago
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Anyone know the condition of lower valley lakes? ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday November 20th, 2016 - 5:59 pm

Ice skating on Y & X lakes was great today. Going downwind did not really count as exercise - just put your arms out and let the wind take you. Going upwind was another story- lots of work. The wind has pretty much scoured the ice over large areas of both lakes. I imagine Christiansen Lake is the same,too. Gonna try that tomorrow. I love my nordic skates! ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday November 20th, 2016 - 5:56 pm

Heather Leba, Jolanda Wilsack and 3 others like this

Travis RannalsLet me know how Christiansen lake goes. My dad will be back from Hawaii and will be eager to get out there. Thanks

3 weeks ago
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Mark GoetschBe careful on the south and west end of the lake. it was last to freeze up.

3 weeks ago
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Ski Report: I just did some amazing skate SKIING on lakes! Any lake that has snow is great for skate skiing. It is like spring crust skiing. Kick sled, ice skates, skate skis, fat tire bike. Get out there! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday November 19th, 2016 - 5:41 pm

Ice skating report: Don't let the light snow cover on the lakes keep you home. We just skated Tigger, Z, X, and a bit of Y. Y was pretty well covered in a dense layer of wind-packed snow and wasn't much fun, but the rest all had decent to fairly good skating. Some areas are a bit pebbly, some have packed snow, but there was plenty of good ice. The east side of X was the best, with large sections of snow-free skating--plus some neat ice formations and glorious views of Denali. We were on backcountry skates so our tolerance for lumps and bumps may have been higher than most, but we thought regular skates would probably do just fine. Oh--and since no one had posted recently about anything other than Tigger, we measured the ice on Z just to be safe and it was at least 7".

P.S. We're in town to help with tonight's Arctic Entries storytelling show. 7:30 at the Hangar--don't miss it!
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Saturday November 19th, 2016 - 1:45 pm

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