Before heading out into the backcountry for snowmachining, skiing or snowshoeing, AST encourages that you file a trip plan with detailed information regarding where you will be recreating and what time you will return. Give your trip plan to someone who will call to report you missing when you do not check in or return on time.
Also, AST encourages recreationists to travel in groups, to have provisions and safety gear with them and to be aware of the conditions in the area you recreate. Recommended safety gear includes cell phone and communication equipment, avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels.
A Wilderness trip plan form can be found online at: http://www.dps.state.ak.us/pio/docs/WildernessTripPlan.pdf
For complete avalanche forecast information go to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center.
The Department of Public Safety has funded avalanche awareness courses through Snowdynamics. The courses are free to the public and are scheduled in various communities across Alaska . For more information on the course and locations contact Sean Dewalt at 907-775-2600. Information can be found online at: http://snowdynamics.com/
Please report all avalanche activity to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. You can report activity by leaving a voice message at 754-2369 or email them by going to www.avalanche.org. The next advisory will be on Friday, February 15th.
The single track at Crevasse Moraine, built by the Mountain Bike Club, makes an excellent snowshoe trail for those looking for a unique experience. It is located between intersection X and H on trail # 8. The 2.5 KM trail is not groomed in the winter and is suited for snowshoeing and winter hiking.
Volunteers are needed for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Trail Care Crew. This program unites trail users with meaningful volunteer work and provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to be actively involved in our community. Volunteers assist the Mat-Su Borough by adopting a trail and helping with the vital task of improving and maintaining trails throughout the borough. If you are interested in volunteering please call 745-9867.
Trail maps are available in Land Management or located on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough web site.
($) Daily parking fees will apply at posted areas. Annual parking passes are available on our web site or at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Development Department at 350 E. Dahlia Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645.
For more information contact: Matanuska-Susitna Borough Parks and Outdoor Recreation at 745-9690 or e-mail:
For additional information write:
Parks & Outdoor Recreation
350 E Dahlia Avenue
Palmer, Ak 99645