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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...

Ski season begins

October 29, 2020 by Casey Ressler
The Nordic ski season is well under way at Hatcher Pass and Government Peak, where groomers have already been out, creating great early-season conditions. Last week's snow has stuck around at the higher elevations, giving skiers an early opportunity to enjoy the backcountry. According to trail...

Oosik Ski Classic

March 11, 2020 by Casey Ressler
With a healthy dump of fresh snow, it's time for the fun and funky Oosik Classic Ski Race in Talkeetna Saturday, March 14. The Oosik, now in its 20th year, is hosted by the Denali Nordic Ski Club and is one of the most fun and funky races in Alaska. The course changes every year, but there are two...

Pond Hockey

March 9, 2020 by Casey Ressler
More than 100 hockey teams are coming to Big Lake March 13-15 for Alaska's largest outdoor hockey event, the Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic. This is the fourth winter in a row the tournament is being held on Big Lake, with 13 rinks being cleared. The event is hosted by the Scotty Gomez...

Iditarod 2020

March 3, 2020 by Casey Ressler
The 2020 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officially gets started Sunday, March 8 in Willow, as mushers depart for Nome, 1,100 grueling miles away. This is officially called the Iditarod "Restart" because there is a ceremonial start in Anchorage on Saturday, March 7. That day does not count in the...

Iron Dog

February 13, 2020 by Casey Ressler
Fans of the Iron Dog have always come to Big Lake for the race start each February. But this year, they'll get the chance to see something entirely new - the crowning of a champion. For the first time, the Iron Dog is finishing in Big Lake, rather than starting there. Pro Class racers will start in...

Iron Dog 2019

February 7, 2019 by Casey Ressler
The Iron Dog, the world's longest and most demanding snowmobile race, begins at Deshka Landing on Sunday, Feb. 17, as Pro Class riders set out in teams of two on a course that is 2,000 miles long. This year, 25 teams (two riders/team) will leave from the starting line at Deshka Landing. From the...
Some of Alaska's best Nordic ski trails can be found just minutes away from Wasilla and Palmer, as the Government Peak Recreation Area boasts miles of groomed trails, many of which are lighted. The ski trails are essentially a series of loops, ranging in distance and difficulty, ensuring there is a...