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Hatcher Pass nordic trails ready for skiers

It’s time to ski.

About five kilometers of trail will be groomed early Saturday morning at Hatcher Pass, which is getting buried in snow and has already attracted some early season skiers.

“There were people up there today, the UAA ski team and some others,” said Mark Strabel of the Mat-Su Ski Club. “We’ll try to groom early (Saturday) morning so it’s ready to go for skiers.”

Groomers will provide opportunities for classic and freestyle skiers, Strabel said.

Independence Mine has received nearly three feet of snow at its highest point and about 18 inches at its lowest point, Strabel said. He said workers have been packing and grooming trails since Wednesday and warns that the conditions won’t be ideal.

“It will be soft,” he said.




Anchorage Daily News /