Author: Casey Ressler

Casey Ressler is the Mat-Su CVB marketing and communications manager. A perfect day for him involves his raft and his fly rod, ending with a campfire on the river with a view of Denali.

March is a great month in Alaska - the days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. There's no better place to visit in March than Talkeetna for fun events, great views and outdoor recreation. Trio Fatbike World Championships The 2021 Trio Fat Bike race is on! However, due to Covid...

Oosik Goes Virtual

February 16, 2021 by Casey Ressler
This year, the famous Oosik Ski Race is going virtual, giving Nordic skiers an opportunity to participate anywhere in the world, with the same fun the Talkeetna race provides every March. Due to the pandemic, this year's race won't be held in person in Talkeetna. But that doesn't mean the spirit of...
Crystal clear days and fresh powder have skiers flocking to Skeetawk, the Mat-Su's first-ever downhill ski area, making the first year successful despite some hiccups. General Manager Scott Patridge said the last few weekends at Skeetawk have been fantastic, with "powder days every Saturday for the...

Iditarod changes

February 2, 2021 by Casey Ressler
Due to enhanced Covid protocols, spectators will not be permitted at the 2021 restart of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, to ensure the safety of the mushers heading out on the trail. The change is one of many for the Last Great Race in 2021. All mushers are undergoing strict protocols, rigorous...

Plan For Vacation

January 26, 2021 by Casey Ressler
This year, Plan for Vacation Day may seem a little different, but one thing remains the same - a getaway is just what you need to feel refreshed and renewed. Though many Americans are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can...

Hitting the hardwater

January 14, 2021 by Casey Ressler
For many, when the last salmon run ends in the fall, fishing season is over. But in the Mat-Su Valley, that's only the beginning of the "hardwater" season. From Lake Louise to Denali State Park, ice fishing opportunities abound in the Mat-Su Valley. There are more than 80 stocked lakes in the Valley...

Explore State Parks

January 8, 2021 by Casey Ressler
Now that the calendar flipped over to 2021, don't forget to get your annual Alaska State Parks parking pass so you can get out and explore the parks system all year. The 2021 annual parking passes are once again $60, and are good for nearly every state park in Alaska. Due to the pandemic, some...

Santa Sightings

December 15, 2020 by Casey Ressler
Christmas is just 10 days away, but it seems that all must be under control for Santa. He was recently spotted in the Mat-Su Valley taking a break by fat tire biking and kayaking, two of his favorite activities. The jolly old man got in contact with Dan McDonough of Lifetime Adventures last week -...

Colony Christmas

December 10, 2020 by Casey Ressler
There is simply no better way to get into the holiday spirit than a visit to Colony Christmas, which is this weekend in downtown Palmer. The entire community comes together to make it one of the most memorable weekends on the calendar. This year, due to Covid-19, the event will look a little...

Iditarider Auction

December 8, 2020 by Casey Ressler
If you have always wanted to experience the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from a musher's perspective, the Iditarider auction is the perfect thing for you. And if you are looking for one of the most unique Christmas gifts ever, look no further than this auction. The auction, sponsored by the Iditarod...