I am an avid cross-country skier and I’m a dog owner who loves to ski on tracks with my dog. I think it would solve a lot of problems in Anchorage if some of the groomed trails around town were opened up to off-leash skiing.
The Slikok Trail is part of the Tsalteshi trail system in Soldotna. It is beautifully groomed for skating and classic and dogs are allowed to ski with their owners, off-leash. Why can’t we do that in Anchorage?
It seems to me that out of 60 kilometers of set trails at Kincaid, 10-15 kilometers could be set aside for skiers with dogs — possibly starting at the Jodphur parking lot. Also, the trails in north Russian Jack Park have been groomed. If tracks were added, it would be a perfect place for skiers with dogs. Maybe even part of the Tour of Anchorage trail from Martin Luther King Jr. Aveue to the Science Center and back — not during races, of course.
I really think if several skiing trails were designated for people to ski with their dogs, there wouldn’t be the conflict that I keep hearing about. It’s pretty darn hard to ski with a dog on a leash.
— Denise Carey
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