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Government Peak Rec Area at Hatcher Pass opens to skiers

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Due to a huge dump of snow on (and around) Southcentral Alaska, classic cross-country skiing is now possible at Hatcher Pass's Government Peak Recreation Area, according to a Mat-Su Borough press release.

On Wednesday, the trail at Government Peak received two track cuts for classical skiing, courtesy of grooming Jedi Ed Strabel.

Approximately 10 kilometers of trail should be ready for skiers, the borough says. However, it warns that there are still "some rocks in the stadium area near the parking lot." Skiers beware.

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 3 miles of nordic trails will happen Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. along with the Solstice Sprints, a high school race open to the public.

Hatcher Pass is some 12 miles north of Wasilla, Alaska. It offers outdoor recreation opportunities year-round and contains historic sites, including Independence Mine.

Read the borough's Hatcher Pass homepage for information and a map of the trail system or contact the Alaska State Parks' Mat-Su Area office at 745-3975.