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Snow Wars - A New Hope

posted Dec 16, 2015, 10:05 PM by Tammy Hill

The following week has given me optimism for this season, in more ways than one. It all started with a nice little Saturday trip to the local big box home improvement – “betcha can’t leave without spending $100+” – store. After running into no less than a baker’s dozen worth of people we know, we came across one of the club’s past board members, Mark Stigar. If you don’t know Mark, you are missing out. He is one of the most helpful persons on this blue orb. He served for many-a-year on the Board helping us grow to what we are now. (Sidenote: if you are living with a significant other for so-many years, common law says the two of you are married, shouldn’t the same apply to serving on the board of directors? )

Nevertheless, Mark mentioned that the skiing was decent at Independence Mine. That little comment threw out our plans for the remaining half of our weekend. In the previous months I have written on the topic of “parenting with skis,” which has translated to skiing with a screaming (literally) thirty-pound pack. However, our ski the subsequent day proved to be quite enjoyable, as in replace screaming kid with screaming lungs.

The snow was fresh and recently groomed, not having a chance to firm up just yet. The temperature was moderate, with overcast skies that could begin snowing at any moment if someone would just add a teaspoon more moisture to them. As we cruised the skate-able trails for a hundred or so minutes my body reminded me of how much skiing I had done so far this season; virtually none. My arches were killing me, but that may have been from the lack of insoles in my boots, which I had conveniently left sitting on my shop table…

As we rolled in to the work week, the thoughts of that Sunday ski lingered. Sure a few muscles I didn’t know still existed begged me to never ski again, the rest of me wanted to repeat the experience with, maybe, the only revision to include insoles. With the conclusion of my work day I phoned my wife to ready the “honey badger” (our son), for at sun down, we dine on skis!

For the sake of brevity, let me just say this about that evening; if the Sunday ski was to be represented by the color white, this evening’s ski would be the color black, as in Pitch Black; like what you would see if you were blindfolded, with a black cloth, and that was covered with a backwards balaclava, and it’s the middle of the night on the winter’s solstice and you just so happen to fall into a 1,000-foot deep crevasse and lived. Black. Suffice it to say, my nickname for our family unit, “Team $%*T-show” was very apt for this occasion.

It would appear that I am a glutton for punishment, for I knew what this meant for the coming weekend, more skiing! Short of it warming to 90 degrees, I would do anything in my power to make a ski happen. Well, we made three more happen. Although the temp dropped to sub-zero, we suited up the honey badger in his ski chariot and made a great weekend of it.

While this season is still in its infancy, I can’t help but think, “the force is strong with this one.”

3rd Annual Mat-Su Icicle Double

With the ski season finally upon us it is time to start setting goals. The Mat-Su Ski Club is offering the perfect motivation to get you through the holidays on your skis. The Mat-Su Icicle Double is a two day series with classic style on Saturday December 26th and Freestyle on Sunday the 27th. In Freestyle ski you can classic or skate, in the Classic ski you can only classic ski. There are several distances that you can elect to ski: 5 km, 10 km, 15 km, and 30 km. You can change the distance you would like to ski up to 10:30 am on the day of the ski.

We want to encourage families to take part. Families and individuals are charged the same fee, so sign up your whole family for the same cost. If you sign up for the two day series (Classic on Saturday, Freestyle on Sunday), you will receive a $7.50 discount for each day. Participants who finish the 30 km on both days will receive the coveted Icicle Double Beverage Glass. Mark your calendars and jump on the website to sign up today. The first 75 to sign up will receive a free Mat-Su Icicle Double Hat. Visit http://www.matsuski.org/competition to for details and to sign up.

Adult Ski Lessons

First time skier? Need to tune up your racing skills? The Adult Ski Lessons are for all.

Adult ski lessons are offered on five separate days of the week, and you may attend any session at any time:

Saturdays: December 5, 2015 and run every Saturday until March 1, 2016. Time: 10:00 to 11:15 am. Both skate and classic techniques will be taught. 

Mondays and Wednesdays: Dec. 7 until Mar. 2 12-1pm. Classic technique.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Dec. 8 until Mar. 3 12-1pm. Skate technique. 

All lessons will be held at Government Peak Recreation Area (GPRA) or Archangel Rd. depending on snow conditions… 


5 punch card: $50.00

10 punch card: $90.00

Unlimited card: $150.00

Walk-on price: $12 cash 

You can register online at www.mat-suski.org 

Junior Nordics is just around the corner! (By: Tobias Buchanan, age 10)

Mat-Su Junior Nordics is a fun activity that the whole family will love. This is my family’s 7th year attending the club and every year it is so fun! Every time we get our skis on and ski the trails, we have a blast. Zooming past the trees on skis truly is a great experience. Sometimes it is cold and challenging, but when you really get into it you feel like you are having the time of your life! I hope your family will enjoy Mat-Su junior Nordics as much as my family does. Never before has a ski club been so exciting. Sign up for Mat-Su Junior Nordics today and “Let’s Go Ski!”

If Toby has piqued your interest, head on over to the website for more details on Junior Nordics. 

Calendar of Events: 

Dec. 26 Moonlight Ski GPRA

Dec. 26-27 Icicle Double Races , Gov’t Peak Nordic Area 5K, 10K, 20K, 30K CL on Sat. FS on Sun

Jan. 4 Junior Nordic begins.

Jan. 9 MSB Winter Trails Day, Gov’t Peak Nordic Trails, 10 AM-2 PM Ski lessons