Outdoor hotline 1/7/13

AnchorageJanuary 7, 2013 

TUESDAY

Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays 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)

Beginning Adult Classic Ski Lessons, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road or Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. 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)

Muni Masters Cross Country Ski Program, 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 8-Feb 27, 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. $160. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

Thursday

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Bicentennial Park: North Bivouac, Basher Drive. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

FRIDAY

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

Beginners Skijor Clinic by Anchorage Skijor Club, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Alaska Mill & Feed, 1501 E. First Ave. Learn how to skijor with your dog. Classroom session from 10-11 a.m. Outdoor session from 11:30- 12:30 p.m. Location to be announced at clinic $25. (907-243-5234, 907-349-woof (9663), www.skijoring.org)

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)

Snow Shelters, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Jr. Naturalist Program for grades K-6. Learn how to build a snow shelter if there's enough snow. Dress for outdoor fun. Limited to the first 12 children who register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

SUNDAY

Meadow Lakes Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 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. Made possible thanks to the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety. Space is limited pre-registration is required at besnowsmart.org (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

ANWR: Seeking Refuge, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Outdoor enthusiast and ecologist Wendy Loya will share pictures and stories from several trips across the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, by foot and pack-raft. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

COMING up

Avalanche Seminars, 6 p.m. Jan. 16, Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Highway, Homer and 6 p.m. Jan. 17, Kenai Central High School, 9583 Kenai Spur Highway. Free Avalanche seminar for those that love to recreate in the snow. Appropriate for ages 9 and up and all modes of travel including snowmobile, skis, snowshoes, board, mushing, auto. (376-2898, www.besnowsmart.org)

 

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Winter fun at Denali

Park rangers at Denali National Park and Preserve invite the public to join them in exploring the park on weekend hikes. The hikes will be done on snowshoes when snow conditions are favorable, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays. Hikers will meet at 1 p.m. at the Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.3 on the Park Road. A limited number of snowshoes are available for use during the hike. The hikes will last 2-3 hours. Participants are advised to dress warmly and bring lunch or snacks. The hikes will not take place if temperatures are colder than -10ºF. The entrance fee of $10 per person is good for seven days. Age 15 or younger are free.

 

Apply now to run Mt. Marathon

Runners hoping to race in 2013 must submit their completed application by midnight, March 31. Applications can be completed online at www.seward.com. Application fees are $65 for adults and $25 for junior runners. Veterans and 2012 finishers have priority, with the remaining slots filled through a lottery system. Lottery results will be announced mid-April.

 

--Joy Guest

 

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