Outdoor hotline

December 31, 2012 

TUESDAY

Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m.T uesdays and Thursdays, Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Road. A competitive ski team that will be racing in the Youth Ski League against other youth ski teams from the Anchorage area. This 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, 3-hour pratices twice a week. Races are held on Saturdays. Program includes a Hilltop season pass. (346-1446, www.hilltopskiarea.org)

Thursday

Craig Medred: Covering the Iditarod or Shivering in the Cold Dark?, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Kinley's, 3230 New Seward Highway. As a reporter, Craig Medred covered the sinking of a cruise ship, the disappearance of mountain climbers, and the whales trapped in Barrow. Along the way, he has sailed a small boat across the Gulf, climbed on Denali glaciers, traveled the Iditarod Trail on foot and by snowmachine, and spent a lot of time shivering in the cold dark. At the monthly luncheon for Alaska Professional Communicators, Craig, now with Alaska Dispatch, will share stories of covering the Iditarod. Public welcome. $19-$25. (274-4723, www.akprocom.org/meetings.php)

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 non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Intermediate Skate Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Take your skate skiing to the next level. Learn to marathon skate, V-1, V-2 and blending various techniques to move efficiently over varied terrain. Previous skate ski experience or beginning skate ski lessons are required. $25. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

Adult and Masters Nordic Ski Training, 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thurdays, Beach Lake Chalet, 17300 S. Birchwood Loop Road. Skiers of all abilities are invited to join . Learn how to ski, improve your technique, become a faster racer and get in better condition Both classical and skate skiing techniques taught. $120-$170. (376-2169, www.alaskanordicracing.org/ or www.ernsc.org)

FRIDAY

Winter Wonderland Family Fun, 1 p.m., Selkregg Chalet/Russian Jack Springs park, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Join an afternoon of sledding, winter scavenger hunt, snowball biathlon and cross country skiing. Dress for the weather and don't forget to bring your own sled. Ski equipment ski are limited. $5 per family. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays and 1:30-3 p.m. Satrurdays, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn how to glide, stop, climb hills, poling, v-skating and diagonal skating techniques. Waxing, equipment and appropriate clothing are also discussed. $25. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

SATURDAY

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Students will learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain. Other topics discussed include appropriate clothing, equipment and waxing for conditions. This class is taught as two lesson series for those who want to learn the basics and have limited time. $ 40. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

Children's Cross Country Ski Lessons, 2-3 p.m., Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Children will learn to stride, glide, climb hills, turn and move over varied terrain. Choose one lesson or sign up for several. For ages 9-12. Preregister now, space is limited. Ask about ski rentals. $7.50. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

SUNDAY

Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners, 11 a.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. An introductory class. Bring your own equipment and dress in non-cotton layers. Limited to the first 12 people, ages 10 and up; who register along with an adult. Subject to cancellation in case of lack of snow, icy conditions or temperatures below 0 degrees. Registration required. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Ruth Arcand Park, 3900 Abbott Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Learn to diagonal stride, stop, turn, use poles, climb hills and move over varied terrain. Other topics discussed include appropriate clothing, equipment and waxing for conditions. This class is taught as four lesson series. $80. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

Alaska Nordic Racing- Anchorage Masters Program, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7-Mar. 8, Kincaid Park, Raspberry Road. Learn to ski, improve your technique, increase your fitness, and/or race. Skiers of all abilities from beginners to advanced are welcome. Visit the website to register. $150. (www.alaskanordicracing.org)

COMING up

Muni Masters Cross Country Ski Program, 7-8:30 p.m., Jan. 8, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Designed for adults who would like to improve their physical condition, meet new ski partners and improve their skate skiing skills. Learn about training, techniques, set personal goals and get an introduction to ski racing and tours. Space is limited, register now. $160. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

Meadow Lakes Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 13, Meadow Lakes Senior Complex, 1012 N. Kim Drive, Wasilla. Course topics include: identifying and assessing avalanche terrain, trip planning and route selection, introduction to use of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes, emergency response. Space is limited, pre-registration is required at besnowsmart.org. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

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