A COVID-aware tour of the Skarland 12-Mile Ski Trail is coming up! Details below.

What: Skarland 12-Mile Loop Tour

When: Saturday, February 27 (rescheduled from original date of Feb 21)

Start time and place: 10AM at the UAF Ski Hut

Estimated tour time: 4 hours

Short description: Complete Skarland loop 12-mile classic ski tour. A fun moderate ski tour requiring intermediate to advanced classic ski ability.

Starting at the UAF Ski Hut we’ll head past Ballaine Lake to connect to the Pearl Creek trail system. From there we’ll climb up and around the hills above Ballaine Road, following the Equinox trail system back to UAF via the Musk Ox Farm. (The general route can be viewed in the Trail Forks app here, though the direction may not be the same as shown.)

Expect moderate climbs and descents, hopefully on groomed tracked trails. There will be several road crossings. Be prepared for variable waxing temperatures and bring sufficient water and snacks.

Temperature cut off will be -20 at the Fairbanks International Airport (NWS website https://www.weather.gov/afg/)

No dogs please. We’ll be skiing on groomed trails, through residential areas, and crossing roads.

Also…. Utilizing COVID precautions social distancing and face coverings required….We will meet outside the ski hut and be departing by 10:15 at the latest to avoid too much time standing in the cold.

Leader: Joel Young, 460-4367