Outdoor hotline

AnchorageNovember 12, 2012 

TUESDAY

Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Roadd. Hilltop is now offering an Alpine Race program. This is a competitive ski team that will be racing in the Youth Ski League against other youth ski teams from the Anchorage area. The program is for ages 7-13, who are intermediate to advanced skiers. Program includes: professional coaching by experienced racers, pre-season dryland training, running gates, video analysis of students skiing, and 3 hour practices twice a week. Races are held on Saturdays. Program includes a Hilltop season pass. (346-1446, hilltopskiarea.org)

Little Nordic Ski Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Open to children ages 4-5 who would like to learn to cross country ski. No experience is necessary. Choose Tuesday or Saturday practice. Practice locations may change according to weather conditions. Skiers need to provide their own equipment. Parent meetings are held the first meeting of the session. The tuesday session is Nov. 13-Dec. 18. The Saturday session is Nov. 17-Jan. 5. $50. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/LittleNordicSkiClub.aspx)

WEDNESDAY

Wildlife Wednesday, 7 p.m., Alaska Zoo Gateway Building, 4731 O'Malley Road. Gary Drew, research wildlife biologist and Christopher Waythomas, research Geologist, both with the U.S. Geological Survey, share research findings before and after the 2008 eruption of this central Aleutian volcano. Now buried under extensive volcanic materials, Kasatochi once supported vast colonies of seabirds, including hundreds of thousands of auklets. Free. (341-6463, www.alaskazoo.org/lectures-and-talks-0)

THURSDAY

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies Annual Meeting and 30th Anniversary Celebration, 6 p.m., Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Highway. A look at highlights from history, and the future. Come share your own story. Volunteer recognition and awards. Meet new board members. Potluck dinner. Bring a pebble or a stone to add to the basket. Free. (235-6746, www.akcoastalstudies.org)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Potter Trailhead, Turnagain Arm Trail, Old Seward Highway and Potter Valley Road. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, alaska-outdoors.org)

Flotilla 3-2, US Coast Guard Auxiliary meeting, 7-9 p.m., Anchorage Public Transportation People Mover Office, 3600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. Learn how you can contribute to recreational boating safety through public education, on-the-water safety patrols, boat examinations, or a host of other volunteer opportunities. (248-1427, www.cgauxanchorage.org/)

FRIDAY

Challenge Alaska Girdwood Volunteer Ski & Snowboard Instructor Information Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Challenge Alaska Ski and Snowboard School, Crystal Mountain Road. Learn about becoming a volunteer instructor at one of the best adaptive ski schools in the nation. (783-2925, www.challengealaska.org/images/ch_forms/nov_dec_12_tx_sch.pdf)

Absinthe Films Premiere of "Resonance," 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Bear Tooth Theatre Pub, 1230 W. 27th Ave. The annual Sphere of Influence Tour premieres its latest shred flick, Resonance, in Anchorage at the Bear Tooth. A portion of tickets sales will go to Alaska Center for the Environment. $10. (www.absinthe-films.com/film-tour/usa)

SATURDAY

Archery 101, 10:30-12:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range, Raspberry Road. Learn to shoot target archery. All ages welcome. Certified instructors, all equipment supplied. Free classes by Northwest Archers Association. (240-6533, northwestarchers.com)

Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sutton Public Library, 11301 N. Chickaloon Way. Free training for those that love to recreate in the snow. Course topics include identifying and assessing avalanche terrain, trip planning and route selection, introduction to use of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes, emergency response. Made possible thanks to the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety. Free. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Climbing Camp, noon, Alaska Rock Gym, 4840 Fairbanks St. Two hours of supervised belayed climbing, and all gear is included. This is a great introduction to climbing or great for experienced climbers to gain more skills.

Turkey Trot, 1:30-3 p.m., Lidia Selkregg Chalet, Lidia Selkregg Lane. Volunteer "turkeys" will be set free in the park, outfitted in paper feathers. Win exciting prizes if you can catch the right feather. 1:30 p.m. for ages 3-5, 2 p.m. for ages 6-8, 2:30 p.m. for ages 9-12. $3 in advance, $5 day of event. (muni.org)

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet, 5:30-10 p.m., Hilton Anchorage, 500 W. Third Ave. Help celebrate 20 years of elk conservation in Alaska. This fundraising banquet will include guns for auction, raffle and prizes, hunts, jewelry, games and silent and live auctions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. $45. (677-8557, www.rmef.org/alaska)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: Smoke Jumper Trailhead, BLM Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Muni Masters Early Season, 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays to Dec. 10. Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. This ski program is for adults who wish to improve their physical condition, meet new ski partners, and improve their skate skiing skills. The program will cover skating techniques, training, personal goals and introduction to ski racing and tours. Space is limited. For ages 18 and older. $45. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/OutdoorAdventures.aspx)

 


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