What I love most about Anchorage is the access to amazing trails and parks wherever you are in the city! I love that I can run/bike or ski through town without having to worry about car traffic. It’s pretty special to have such incredible access to trails in a big city – and such beautiful views. I also love that you can get lost on single track or be on trails where you feel totally out in nature, and yet you’re still right in town. I love seeing our Big Wild Life out and about.

1) Crust Skiing at Portage Glacier
In April, when the days are getting longer, we get an awesome condition called “crust” which occurs from warm days and cold nights. The snow freezes hard and smooth and it’s possible to glide on top of the snow with my skate skis. The hard surface allows me to explore wide open spaces and ski across Portage Lake and climb up and over the ridge to look down into Prince William Sound. The snow is hard and fast and makes me feel like a hero. You have to get out early to get the hard conditions and it’s only possible on sunny days. But it’s the most incredible views skiing under the morning sun and exploring right up next to glaciers. I love to ski with friends and just enjoy playing on the natural snow features. It’s also possible to get good crust skiing at Glen Alps in Chugach State Parkand around Skookum and Spencer Glaciers south of Anchorage.

2) Kincaid Park
So many trails and so many possibilities!! No matter the season, there is always so much to do in beautiful Kincaid Park. During the summer I love running the Bluff trail and getting down to the beach along the mudflats. Great mountain bike trails that seem to grow in number every year. A smooth and fun bike trail through the middle of the park that connects to the Coastal Trail is great for biking and roller skiing. In the winter so many fun ski trails for cross-country skiing. During day light or in the dark under the lights, trails for every ability and plenty of chances to test yourself!

3) Coffee
I love stopping at my favorite local coffee roaster before or after hitting the trails. I always see good friends and there is something special in a local brew. Kaladi Bros. Coffee has always been such a great supporter of the community and I just love their vibe. They have locations all over the city to pair with any adventure or just catching up.

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