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Modest snowfall awakens area trails

Posted: Friday, March 21, 2008

The modest midweek dusting of snow that fell on the central peninsula wasn't much, but it has prolonged the ski season for a little while longer, at least.

At Tsalteshi Trails, accessed from behind Skyview High School or Kalifornsky Beach Road across from the Soldotna Sports Center, one to two inches of white fell, which has rejuvenated the trails there, according to Tom Seggerman.

"The skiing has been excellent. It's not as fast as it was because of the new snow," he said.

Seggerman said trail groomers likely would leave the trails as they are with the fresh snow until Friday, and then work them in shape for the weekend.

"The trails will likely get groomed on Friday night, and we may even set tracks on Saturday, so it should be good skiing all weekend," he said.

In Nikiski, snow also fell, but it wasn't quite as evenly distributed as in some other central peninsula locations, according to groomer Dale Bakk.

"We did get a little bit, but it's sporadic where it hit," he said.

Bakk said he was going to make the most of what fell to whip the trails behind the Nikiski pool into shape.

"I might grind out the pool trails one more time and get tracks set in," he said.

Even if there isn't enough new snow to work the trails completely, Bakk said the skiing still has been good considering the spring conditions.

"The skiing's been hanging in there. Now that it's cooled down, it's not disappearing as fast as it was two weeks ago, and with the new snow, it's not as hard and icy," he said.

At the Kenai Golf Course, the new snow still wasn't enough to fill in where the warm weather earlier in the month robbed what had accumulated.

"We went out and took a look at it (on Wednesday), but it's still not enough to do anything with, so the closed signs are still up," said Bob Frates, Kenai Parks and Recreation director.

Joseph Robertia can be reached at joseph.robertia@peninsulaclarion.com.



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