Outdoor hotline 3/4/13


Hilltop Alpine Race Team, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Hilltop Chalet at Hilltop Ski Area, 7014 Abbott Rd. 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. This program is for children 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. 1250. ((907) 346-1446, www.hilltopskiarea.org)

Valley Women's Running Team Informational Meeting, 6-7 p.m., MTA Offices, 480 Commercial Drive. The Valley Women's Running Team invites women interested in running to attend the annual informational meeting to learn more about the group. Join the coaches and board members for beverages and snacks and great door prizes. This is a good opportunity to ask questions, turn in membership forms and learn what's new this season. (355-6258, sites.google.com/site/valleywomensrunningteam)

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. 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. 80 for 4 lessons. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)


Off the Chain Bicycle Collective Weekly Meeting, 7 p.m., 814 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Off the Chain is a low cost, volunteer run, 501(c)3 bicycle collective open to the Anchorage community. Volunteers of any skill level are welcome. (www.offthechainak.org)

Cycling Turkey, 7-9 p.m., Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive. Join Sage Cohen in her presentation, "The Other Turkey, Cycling the Mountains of Eastern Anatolia." Sponsored by Alaska Pacific University Outdoor Programs. Free, $10 donation is suggested to benefit Single Tack Advocates. (564-8388)


Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Upper Huffman Trailhead, Sultana Drive. Join other outdoor enthusiasts for a challenging hike. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for nonmembers. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)\

Climbing 201; Intermediate Climbing Class, 7-9 p.m., Alaska Rock Gym, 4840 Fairbanks St. Learn advanced climbing techniques and improve strength and conditioning. For advanced beginner and intermediate climbers. This weekly class allows participants to work on footwork, movement technique and strength conditioning. Participants must have a current belay certification from the Alaska Rock Gym and be comfortable climbing 5.9+ and above. $5 per class plus regular entry into the gym. (562-7265, alaskawildmed.blogspot.com.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Winter Workshop, Friday-Sunday, Victory Bible Camp, Victory Road. Offering 48 different classes focusing on learning outdoor skills. Activities are balanced between hunting and shooting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Workshops are designed primarily for women and are learning opportunities for anyone 18 years of age or older. Pre-registration is required. $250. (267-2896, www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=outdooreducation.bowschedule)

Extreme Adventure, Flying the Trails, 6-9 p.m., Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive. Help raise money for the Aviation Museum to fly its 1931 Fairchild Pilgrim this summer. Join the fun with beer tasting of eight different craft beers from Alaska Breweries with live music by Lisa Good, auction, food and more. Meet Alaskan pilots while viewing the Bush Pilot exhibits. Must be 21 to attend. $40-$45. (248-5325, www.alaskaairmuseum.org)

Evening Owl Talk & Walk, 6:30-9 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Aaron Bowman with the Anchorage Audubon Society will present an informative slide show about Alaska's owls, followed by a 2-3 mile walk. Dress for being outdoors, make sure your clothes are not noisy, and bring flashlights. Limited to the first 15 people, ages 16 and up, who call to register. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Manitoba Cabin Grand Opening Celebration and Open House, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Mile 48 Seward Highway. The Alaska Huts Association has completely renovated the historic Manitoba Cabin. Enjoy music by High Lonesome Sound, a bonfire, self-led Alpine and Nordic ski tours, door prizes, snacks and a cooking demo by Alpine Appetites. Dress warmly, prepare to be outside and bring your ski gear or snowshoes. Yurt reservations available. Tent space available. (632-6440, www.alaskahuts.org)

IditaZoo, noon-4 p.m., Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Road. Meet mushers and their sled dogs and learn about the history of the Iditarod, including facts about Iditarod checkpoints. "Race" through zoo grounds while playing a checkpoint game, learn facts about dog mushing, view Iditarod race standings, get hands-on with equipment for winter dog sports and more. General Zoo admission. (341-6463, www.alaskazoo.org/iditazoo)

Beginning Adult Skate Ski Lessons, 1:30-3 p.m., 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 for one lesson. (343-4217, www.muni.org/Departments/parks/Pages/Skiing.aspx)

To Build A Fire, 2-3 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. Junior Naturalist program for grades K-6. Join resident volunteer Gus Gustafson for a walk to the river along the Albert Loop, conditions permitting, then build a fire and cook hot dogs and s'mores. Limited to the first 12 children, accompanied by a parent or other adult, who register at 694-2108. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (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)


Woodpeckers, 2-3 p.m., Eagle River Nature Center, 32750 Eagle River Road. An all ages program. How do woodpeckers peck without getting headaches? This and other questions will be addressed by naturalist Doris Ivory in a presentation about these birds. After the indoor portion, conditions permitting, take a walk to look and listen for woodpeckers drumming. Free program; $5 parking for non-members. (694-2108, www.ernc.org)


Spring Break Camp, noon-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Enjoy making cardboard sleds, play games, build habitats and more. Dress for outdoor time; bring a snack and water or juice in a plastic bottle. For ages 6-14. Space is limited, register now. $95. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

Alaska Outdoors Weekly Hiking, 6:30 p.m., Point Woronzof, Northern Lights Blvd. and Point Woronzof Road. Monday outings are for beginners and families. Meeting location changes every week. $1 for non-members. (770-0440, www.alaska-outdoors.org)


Cardboard Sled Derby, 1 p.m., Kincaid Outdoor Center, 9401 Raspberry Road. Race down the sledding hill in your own sled made from cardboard, duct tape and white glue. Winners are the sleds that go the farthest distance. Divisions are ages 8-12, 13-17, 18+ and families. Preregister and pay $5 per sled, $10 per sled day of event. (343-4217, www.muni.org/departments/parks/pages/default.aspx)

Wilderness First Responder Recertification, 8 a.m. March 22-24, Northern Susitna Institute, Talkeetna Spur Road. Sponsored by Alaska Wild Med and NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute. A three-day scenario-based course to review and practice evacuation and decision making guidelines. Adult/Child CPR. $ 295. Register online. (alaskawildmed.blogspot.com)

Registration open for Denali Park field seminars, Active learning experiences in the heart of the park this summer. Multi-day seminars led by expert instructors include topics in wildlife, botany, geology, painting and more. Courses based out of the Murie Science and Learning Center field camp located along the Teklanika River. Lodging, meals and instruction included in the $330-$440 course fee. Call or go online to register. (www.alaskageographic.org, 907-683-6432)


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