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Outdoor groups clash over snowmachine access in Anchorage’s Kincaid Park

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

As far as winter sports in Alaska go, snowmachining and cross-country skiing aren’t exactly famous for going hand in hand. So it may come as no surprise to Anchorage residents that the Alaska State Sno-Cross Lions Club and the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage are butting heads over snowmachine access in the Kincaid Park, according to television station KTUU.

The Lions Club is seeking access to the motocross area inside Kincaid for snowmachine races and events, but the Nordic Skiing Association is less than thrilled about the idea. The noise and activity surrounding snowmachine racing tops the association's concerns.

Kincaid is a 1,400-acre park in west Anchorage popular with cross-country skiers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. It boast 60 kilometers of trails, a third of them lighted. 

A public hearing to discuss the issue will begin 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Spenard Recreation Center. Read more.