WELCOME * January 2015: Check out the local ski conditions page. *
Welcome to skiing in Seward!
On this site you'll find updated ski conditions for the most popular trails in the area. These reports are provided by members of the Seward Nordic Ski Club by way of blog comments on this site and emails sent to the website administrator. Please participate! Send us your report! Its super easy and beneficial to everyone. You'll also find links to information about waxing, local events, other Alaska ski areas, the history of skiing in Alaska, how to buy skis and more.
WHO WE ARE
The Seward Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the sport of Nordic skiing and to its devotees. We are made up of cross-country skiers from all walks of life and we welcome new members and visitors. The Eastern Kenai Peninsula – the Seward area in particular – is rich with trails that suit all skill levels and styles, from beginner to advanced, groomed to backcountry, skate to classical. Browse through the options on this site to find out more, or contact us for more information on Seward area trails or on the Seward Nordic Ski Club.
We sponsor occasional moonlight ski tours, an annual luminaria outing, grooming updates on our local ski conditions page, area maps, ski clinics for all levels and techniques, races, socials, and an annual ski swap.
The Seward Nordic Ski Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting Nordic
and backcountry skiing for all ages, developing and maintaining a network of groomed trails, and
sponsoring community ski activities and educational opportunities
The absence of snow...
The absence of snow has kept us all in wonder and, to some extent, inside. Ice skating has been good, though recent rains will alter things. The best source of to-the-hour recreation conditions is provided by Irene Lindquist, USFS. Her frequent and site-specific reports can be read here.
Trapping season began November 10th.
Leghold traps and body-crushing Conibear traps can be extremely hard to release, especially if your beloved pet is suffocating, your adrenaline is surging and you are in deep snow without a hard surface below the trap to give resistance.
Leg hold traps are familiar to most people and if its only your pet's leg (not snout) caught, you'll be able to free him or her with some wit and strength. But if the trap is the simple but deadly Conibear trap (body crushing type), you'll have to act fast to save your pet's life. The strength required to compress the trap springs and thus release your pet is immense. Reading a description of how to release a Conibear is barely sufficient preparation. Watching a good video (of two different methods) will multiply your chances of success. But the most important education is to borrow a trap (check with a friend or State Troopers) and practice releasing it.
At a minimum, carry four feet of parachute cord or webbing and know how to use it. Some people carry trap setters (a scissor-like tool that trappers use to set Conibear traps but can be used to release them). Consider wire cutters to release your pet from a wire snare.
Great video series on skate skiing published in the Anchorage Daily News
VIDEO SERIES: NORDIC SKIING INSTRUCTION WITH HOLLY BROOKS
.Beginning Classic skiing
Holly Brooks teaches the beginning techniques for classic skiing. In this lesson she covers poling and weight shift motions. (Anne Raup/Anchorage Daily News)
- Kick double pole
Holly Brooks explains the timing of double poling with kicking.
- Beginning skate skiing
Using a ski that is all glide, Holly Brooks explains how to push off the edge of the ski as if you were ice skating.
- V2 skate skiing technique
Holly brooks teaches v2 skating technique, her primary technique for skating on local trails. She explains the timing and stresses the importance of balance over the ski.
A closer look at nordic ski equipment
Holly Brooks explains the equipment you need for skate and classic skiing and what makes it different.
SNSC is on Facebook.
Thanks to members Hernan and Deb Scarnichia, the Club can be followed on Facebook. We hope this will provide a quicker and more "real time" involvement for members who want trail condition updates, possible ride sharing and gear need/sell.