MAT-SU—Dive into winter this Saturday, Jan. 8, during the 7th Annual Winter Trails Day at Hatcher Pass. Free classes on skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding. Some gear is provided. Hot refreshments, a warming barrel, and laughter on the hill make for a memorable winter day. More than 230 people attended last year.
Cross-country skis and snowshoes will be provided by REI. Other gear such as snowboards, sleds, alpine skis, and avalanche beacons you provide. The fun begins at mile 10.6 Hatcher Pass Road at 10 am until 3 pm.
Mat-Su Borough Parks sponsors the event as does: Mat-Su Trails Council, Pioneer Ski Patrol, Alaska Trails, Alaska State Parks, and Mat-Su Ski Club.
A schedule of events is below:
Events scheduled at Mile 10.6 Hatcher Pass Road include:
Meet in the parking lot at Mile 10.6 of Hatcher Pass Road – watch for signs
10:30 to 12:00 – Beginner Classic Nordic Ski Instruction with Mat Su Ski Club Instructors
11:30 to 12:30 – Beginner Snowshoe Instruction
12:30 to 1:30 - Beginner Snowboard Instruction
1:00 to 2:00 - Beginner Skating Clinic - with Mat Su Ski Club Instructors
1:30 to 2:00 - Avalanche Rescue Beacon Demonstration
2:00 to 3:00 - Beginner Downhill Instruction
The sledding hill is open all day for sliding fun. Hot refreshments and restrooms provided along with warming barrels to stay toasty. Bring your family, a lunch, and enjoy the day with some great outdoor activities!
Alaska State Parks will provide activities on the upper mountain:
Meet at the Rescue Cache for events
12:00 to 1:00 – Tour of the Rescue/SAR Cache with refreshments
Free Parking all day at ‘State Park’ parking lots in the Hatcher Pass area
Event Sponsors - MSB Parks, ‘Winter Trails’, Recreational Equipment, Inc., Mat Su Trails Council, Pioneer Ski Patrol, Alaska Trails, Alaska State Parks, Mat Su Ski Club
For more information contact Warren Templin at 745-9690 or
Photos by Patty Sullivan.