Outdoor hotline 1/21/13

AnchorageJanuary 21, 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, 6:30-8 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road and Russian Jack Springs Park/Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane. Beginning 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 a four lesson series. $80. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

WEDNESDAY

Beyond BOW Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance, 6-9:30 p.m., Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. This course is designed to teach the beginner how to properly care for their firearm for years of enjoyment. Learn how to clean rifles of different calibers and action types and shotguns of different gauges. Learn what items and materials you need to keep your firearm in tip top shape. Pre-registration is required. $35. (267-2534, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=outdooreducation.bowschedule)

Team in Training Fun Run, 6:15 p.m., Goose Lake Park, 2811 UAA Drive. Come on a short, fun run and learn about Team in Training. TNT's expert coaches will prepare you to complete one of their premier endurance events. Get all the tools needed to succeed, from coaching and training to clinics on nutrition, stretching and injury prevention. The best part is that while you are achieving your personal goals, you will also be helping cancer patients with fundraising that is directed to life-saving research and patient support services. Free. (888-345-4572 x 4593, www.teamintraining.org/wa/alaska)

Thursday

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

Knik Canoers and Kayakers monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Loussac Library, Wilda Marston Theatre, 3600 Denali St. Cathy Hart will give a photo presentation on her recent raft trip down the Sheenjack River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Jack Mosby will give a presentation on the Chickaloon, Little Tok and Tok rivers. Hear about his fall trip down 30 miles of Class III-IV whitewater. Members and non-members are welcome to attend. Free. (www.kck.org)

FRIDAY

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 6:30-8 p.m. Fridays and 1:30-3 p.m. Saturdays, 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)

Annual Ski Patrol Auction, 8 p.m., Sitzmark Bar & Grill, 1000 Arlberg Ave., Girdwood. This fundraiser benefits the Alyeska Resort Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program and its three members, Zooka, Fundy and Yuki. Selected ski patrollers will strut down the catwalk as auction attendees bid on an early ski morning with the patroller of their choice. Local auctioneer Paul McGuire will host the festivities. A raffle for a snowboard, donated by Chugach Flyer Snowboards, is also planned. Contributions to the dog program can also be made by calling or by purchasing a "Dogs Dig Me" T-shirt. Free admission. (754-2545)

SATURDAY

Team in Training Information Meeting, 10-11 a.m., Jitters, 11401 Old Glenn Highway, Eagle River. Team In Training's expert coaches will prepare you to complete one of thei premier endurance events and provide you will all the tools you need to succeed, from coaching and training to clinics on nutrition, stretching and injury prevention while helping cancer patients with fundraising that is directed to life-saving research and patient support services through Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Free. (888-345-4572 x 4593, www.teamintraining.org/wa/alaska/)

Alyeska Resort Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Alyeska Resort Special Events, 1000 Arlberg Ave. Avalanche Field Training for those that love to recreate in the snow. 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. $20 donation recommended. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

Bald Eagles: Fact and Fiction, 2 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Jr. Naturalist Program for grades K-6. The bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America. Come learn about this magnificent bird and how it got its unusual name, followed by a short hike on the Rodak Trail to see the Eagle River Valley and learn why it's great habitat for bald eagles. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.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)

 

SUNDAY

Arctic Valley Avalanche Field Training, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Alpenglow at Arctic Valley, Arctic Valley Road. Avalanche Field Training for those that love to recreate in the snow. 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. $20 donation requested. (376-2898, www.naoiak.org)

MONDAY

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Kincaid Park Chalet, 9401 Raspberry Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)

The Other Turkey: Cycling the Mountains of Eastern Anatolia, 6:30-8 p.m., BP Energy Center, 1014 Energy Court. Sage Cohen likes to ride her bike in high and remote places. She will share her stories, with pictures of Kurdish hospitality and underground houses, hailstorms and haying by horse, Ramadan, Mt. Ararat and her little blue bike. The suggested $10 donation is to support the work of the Alaska chapter of the Sierra Club in honor of Suzanne Moore. (276-4088, alaska.sierraclub.org/calendar/e082.html)

COMING up

Alaska Ski for Women, beginning 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3. Fun ski and costume event for women, held in Kincaid Park. Ski in one of the race waves or glide with your family and friends in the Party Wave. Proceeds go toward preventing domestic violence. Register online at www. alaskaskiforwomen.org or in person at REI, noon-7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

Wax for Women, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 2, West High School, 1700 Hillcrest. Get your skis glide waxed for the Ski for Women. New this year: drop off skis at REI during registration. Benefits West High Ski Team. $10. www.anchoragenordicski.com/ski_for_women_waxing.htm

Beyond BOW Women's Only Hunter Education Class, 9 a.m. Feb. 10, Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. Learn about hunting safety, how to handle firearms, how to load and unload rifles and shotguns and shooting from various positions and more. Pre-registration is required. $30. (267-2534, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=outdooreducation.bowschedule)

Youth Shotgun League, 5 p.m., Feb 25, Rabbit Creek Shooting Park, 15222 Seward Highway. This is a ten week spring league. Teams meet once per week. Designed for boys and girls ages 10-16. Basic Hunter Education required. $300, includes guns, ammo, instruction, safety equipment. (748-3358, 267-2241, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=huntered.rcyouth)

 

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