Today the 3 of us (LauraW, MaureenC and I) skated and kluuned (kluun = walk on your skates or with your skates in your hand) from Long lake to Question lake.
Long lake: we skated the narrow part, but walked the rest of the lake. Spruce lake: pretty nerve racking and we skated along the West shore as quick as possible to the kluun exit. Halfway lake: The South side around the outlet cracked big time, and we kept to the North shore. #1 - awesome #2 - best lake #3 - way to thin and 1 wet leg. #4 - we skated along the shore and gave the inlet in the South some room. Mirror smooth ice on the East side. #5 - looked very weird - we stayed off it Question lake - not even questionable with 1 cm of ice - we stayed off it.
Winter has two ephemeral book ends: good ice skating and good crust skiing. Grab the good ice while you can. I skated on Tigger Lake today and it was fantastic, especially the northeast section of the lake that was mirror smooth. The ice there was pretty clear so I couldn't tell how thick it was, but it did not crack or make any noises and I gradually grew to trust it. I do skate with "ice daggers" around my neck just in case. ... See MoreSee Less
Christopher MannixIce daggers, or ice rescue claws, are wooden dowels with stout nails driven into the ends,and a string attached to the dowels so they can be hung around the neck. If you go through the ice you can use them to help get yourself out. You can buy them commercially. Check out nordicskaters.com.
3 days ago · 1
Laura WrightYes... we confirmed that ice skating on Tigger was awesome!
3 days ago · 3
Caitlin PalmerThank you! You're always the first on to skate. I love the bookends.
2 days ago
Sue DeyoeSome of Tigger is a tiny bumpy, but there are some really glass smooth areas...yes, go to northeast section and the middle of the lake. I, too, did not hear or see ice cracking...
Ice Skating: I got out my nordic skates today and skated for about an hour on a small pond that has about 2" of ice on it. I might go out and give Tigger Lake a try later today. Anyone skated there yet? ... See MoreSee Less
You know it is a fantastic ski trail when: you can have a fabulous early season ski with only 3 inches of unpacked powder on the ground! So thankful for Talkeetna Lakes Ski Trails! #LetItSnow ... See MoreSee Less
Skiers and Park Enthusiasts : We Want You! For a trail improvement project at Talkeetna Lakes Park! What: Removal of the old landfill fence. Where: Talkeetna Lakes Park When: Wednesday and Thursday, October 5 &6, 2016 from 9:30 -4:00 PM More Info.: The Mat-Su Borough is sending up two crew leaders, lots of tools, and a Bobcat skid steer loader to help root out the nasty, overgrown, fallen down fence along portions of the nordic ski trails at Talkeetna Lakes Park. Volunteer help is needed. Call Brian Okonek at 733-2111, or Chris Mannix at 733-2427 for more information. Come and join the fun! ... See MoreSee Less
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.
6 months ago · 3
Mark Goetschsome places are a little soft. but, most of it is in good shape. just tread lightly are the soft spots
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. :-) ... See MoreSee Less