Essential Alaska Gear: Insulated hoodie

Alyeska Resort ski patroller Cody Burns: "The synthetic material is highly compressible and maintains its warmth, even when wet. It has a durable water repellent surface, so if it’s raining lightly outside, you don’t even need a shell."

For Valley skiers, let there be lights

The Government Peak Recreation Trails in Palmer now contain more than 4 miles of lighted trails attached to 105 poles. Other than a couple of jury-rigged efforts, Government Peak offers the first lighted ski trails in the Mat-Su.

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