PSA: USFS-Seward 02/13/14 Trails Update & Moose Pass Rendevous

Good Fickle of a Snow Day to all of you on this 13th day of February, 2014 on Seward Ranger District.

A few flurries here and there but it’s still not a happening place to be for snow on the Seward Ranger District. In the past week we have received enough snow to sort of halt ice skating, though it’s easy to skate through, there are many cracks in the ice that are now hidden and waiting to catch your blade and send you flying. The next Federal Land Manager to the West of us has areas of very good ice skating at the moment.

Take a look at last week’s trail report, it’s much the same story today. One change is that the super slick glare ice roads of last week are less slippery, however they are still icy, and walking our trails still require the aid of ice cleats. Backpacking across Resurrection Pass Trail is the name of the game from Cooper Landing to Hope, though you will want to carry snowshoes as there is snow predicted in the next few days.

Grant Lake mine road has been clear of fallen trees. Grant Lake had 15” of ice on it 2 days ago.

There is skiing to be had on SRD, check the Seward Nordic Ski Club link, better yet, go to the site, become a member and updates on latest conditions will be automatically sent to your email.

Alison Rein from Glacier Ranger District has a more promising report, at least for those of you who like to ski: The valley is back to more normal winter conditions with wonderful on-trail skiing. 12-16″ of fresh light snow, parking areas plowed, continued light snow and cold temps (highs of 20’s at most) should keep the conditions in great shape! Don’t delay, ski portage today!

Tomorrow is the full moon, not sure if we’ll get to view it because it’s the “SNOW MOON”, and as many of you know, quite often in winter the day of, or the evening before the full moon brings a change in the weather. Before my kids were in school I planned most of our winter camping trips around the full moon so as to avoid winter storms, this worked well about 75% of the time, keeping my fingers crossed.

Lots of fun to be had this weekend at the 1st annual Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous, please see the attached document.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Irene B. Lindquist
USFS-Seward Ranger District
Moose Pass, Alaska

Moose Pass Rendezvous
Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous

Schedule of Events

Fabulous Valentines Dinner at the Trail Lake Lodge. Special menu and horse drawn sleigh

rides. Contact the lodge at 288-3101 for reservations

10 am: Ski Races on Upper Trail Lake. Registration at 10 is at the pavilion behind the

Trail Lake Lodge. Mass start to follow. There will be a ½ mile loop kids race, a 3 mile loop

classic race and a 5 mile loop skate ski race.

2 pm: Snow Person Building competition or Ice Ornament Relay Race (depending on

2– 5pm: Snow Golf out on the lake

3 – 4 pm: Avalanche awareness games

5 pm: Ski/hockey stick raffle drawing for all activity participants.

6:30- 8:30 pm: Showing of the Wizard of Oz at the Moose Pass community center.

7 pm: Blackwater Railroad Company and bonfire at the Trail Lake Lodge.

And don’t forget to purchase tickets for our Firewood raffle for $5 each. 2 winners will

each get a cord of firewood!

All Day Long events Include:

Rummage Sale, Bake/soup Sale, Kids Activities and Face Painting at the Moose Pass

Community Center from 10 am to 4 pm.

***We are taking donations for the Rummage Sale. Please drop off any household items,

appliances, books, sports equipment, clothing, etc. at the Moose Pass community center

. For more info call 907-422-7181 or 907-538-8392 ***

12 noon: Chili cook off and Homebrew/beer tasting. Enter you chili or Homemade beers

or meads into the competition!

12:30 pm: Firewood Raffle Drawing