Groomers keeping up with snow

Posted: Friday, January 05, 2007

Ski trail groomers are working hard to keep up with heaps of snow blanketing the Kenai Peninsula this week as skiers hardy enough to handle near-zero temperatures eagerly wax their skis.

Trails on the east side of the Kenai Golf Course should be groomed and ready for skiing by Saturday and trails on the west side should be ready to ski by sometime in the middle of next week said, groundskeeper Andy Bralley.

And even with all of the snow that’s fallen this week, Nikiski Community Trails and trails behind the Nikiski pool are fully groomed, said Elaine Bakk, the trails groomer Dale Bakk’s wife.

Tsalteshi Ski Trails are also groomed, in great shape and tracks will be set for the weekend, said Tom Seggerman, a Tsalteshi Trail Association board member and trail groomer. And for people who like to click into their skis after a long day of work, lights illuminate the Tsalteshi Green Loop and Blue Loop trails from dusk until 9:30 p.m.

While skiing on the Tsalteshi trails recently Seggerman noticed hiking and dog tracks on the trails and said he would like to remind hikers and dog walkers to limit their use of the trails to spring, summer and fall.

In Seward, some trails are buried in deep, soft powder and may be difficult to ski unless you have classic or backcountry skis.

The one-way Exit Glacier trail is groomed for skiers and other trail users, but to ski Glacier Creek and Mile 12 trails skiers will want to bring classic or backcountry skis to carry them over trails, said Dennis Perry, president of Seward Nordic Ski Club.

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