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Photos: Eklutna Lake was perfect for ice skating on New Year’s Day

  • Author: Bob Hallinen
  • Updated: January 3
  • Published January 2
Carl Oswald helps his daughter Julia Oswald put her skates on at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Racing by are there dogs Akwe and Piper. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Skaters enjoy the smooth ice at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Kyle VanderSchrier helps his 2-year-old daughter Jubilee VanderSchrier on her first time ice-skating on the smooth ice of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Boots and shoes which were traded for skates sit on the ice plates that are refrozen along the shoreline of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Most of the lake was frozen into a smooth skating surface. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Ice plates are refrozen along the shoreline of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Most of the lake was frozen into a smooth skating surface. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Jubilee VanderSchrier rolls on the smooth ice of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. This was her first time on ice skates. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Jubilee VanderSchrier looks for fish through the smooth ice of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Amy VanderSchrier watches her daughter on her first ice skating outing. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Will Taygan skates out on smooth as glass ice of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Ice plates are refrozen along the shoreline of Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Most of the lake was frozen into a smooth skating surface. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
While skaters enjoy the smooth ice at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, ice boaters suffered for a lack of wind on New Years Day. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Skaters enjoy the smooth ice at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Kate Anderson and Ruth Taygan skate on the smooth ice at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)
Mike Jens heads to shore with his iceboat at Eklutna Lake north of Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Jens came in and switched from his boat to Skates because of the lack of wind on New Years Day. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

The ice on Eklutna Lake in Anchorage was ideal for skating on New Year's Day. The ice appeared to be 4 to 5 inches thick on the outlet end of the lake. The ice on the other end of the lake tends to be thinner, with open water. Many people took advantage of the skating conditions over the holiday weekend.