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Outdoor hotline 12/17/12

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)

Thursday

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Basher Trailhead, 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)

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)

friday

Lickety-Splits Ski Camp for Kids, 9 a.m., Kincaid Park on the Green, 9401 Raspberry Road.

End of Days Fun Run Series 1/2 Marathon and 5-K, 10:14 a.m., UAA Professional Studies Bldg., 3211 Providence Drive. Races celebrating the end of the Mayan Calendar. ½ Marathons will start at sunrise and the 5Ks will start an hour later, 5 races total, each race will also be a stand alone race with medals and/or ribbons for all, T shirts with the End of Days Fun Run logo will be available for the first 200 runners. Online registration and more info at AEclubUAA.com. 1/2-$30, 5K-$25. (786-4914, 748-2551 AEclubUAA.com)

SATURDAY

Christmas Bird Count, 9 a.m., Jitters, 11401 Old Glenn Highway, Eagle River. Help gather data for Audubon's Annual Winter Bird Count around the globe. Cover a pre-determined area or do it at your own bird feeder. Meet at Jitters for assignments then meet back at Jitters at 4 p.m. for a potluck to reviews the total counts. Bring a dish to share. Contact Liza Sanden at liza-s@rocketmail.com or call for details or to volunteer. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)

Ugly Christmas Sweater 5K, 10 a.m., AT&T Sports Center, 1507 N. Double B St. Register online or by mail no later than this Saturday, the 15th, to guarantee a tee shirt. Race day registration is at 9 a.m. Course is flat and fast, out and back along the Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Bring a dozen cookies to share at the finish. Proceeds benefit Wasilla Christmas Friendship Dinner. $20 adult; $10 kids; $50 family. (373-1352, www.akugly.com)

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 to 12. Preregister now, space is limited. Ask about ski rentals. $7.50. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

MONDAY

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

COMING up

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)

Adult and Masters Nordic Ski Training, 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 3 to March 1, 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. $170; 10 Punch Card $120. (376-2169, www.alaskanordicracing.org/ or www.ernsc.org)

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Denali bus and campground reservations

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture, the transportation concessioner for Denali National Park and Preserve, is now accepting advance reservations for the 2013 visitor season for shuttle buses and the park's four largest campgrounds. Reservations are available by phone, on-line, fax, and mail.

Shuttle bus seats and campsites in the Riley Creek, Savage River, Teklanika River, and Wonder Lake campgrounds can be reserved in advance. The Riley Creek, Savage River, and Teklanika River campgrounds are open for tents and RVs, but the Wonder Lake Campground is tents only. Hookups are not available in any of the park's campgrounds.

The shuttle bus system is designed to provide transportation into the heart of Denali National Park and will operate from May 20 to Sept. 12, weather permitting.

A maximum of eight shuttle bus seats may be requested with each reservation, and ages are required as age discounts may apply. Phone reservations can be made by calling 800-622-7275 nationwide or 272-7275. The web address for on-line reservations is reservedenali.com.

Forms for fax reservations are also posted online. Completed forms should be faxed to 602-331-5258. Mail-in reservation requests should be sent to ARAMARK /Joint Venture Reservations, 2805 E. Camelback Road, Suite 240, Phoenix, AZ 85106. Additional park information is available at nps.gov/dena.

2013 shuttle bus prices for an adult single trip fare:

Toklat Eielson Visitor Center Wonder Lake Kantishna

$26.25 $33.50 $46.00 $50.00