Tuesday, December 20, 2011


 Merry Christmas
From our house to yours!

The Lodge is decorated for Christmas!

With all this new snow we have, we are expecting a banner snow machine season.
We went to Fairbanks to do some Christmas shopping and broke trail all the way.
Coming home, we once again had to break trail.  From 3 - 4 mile we were lead by 2 moose that I am sure believed the trail was theirs!  Finally they decided they would get off the trail and let us pass.  Past Rock Creek, once again, there were fresh moose tracks right down the old trail.  In High Valley, the wind had blown just enough to disguise our old tracks but not put giant drifts across the trail.  Once we crested the Maclaren Summit, we had to side hill about 20 feet, then it flattened out and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way in.

Alan plans on getting some grooming completed once it quits snowing.  The trail from Paxson to Maclaren will be groomed for the Christmas rush and then for the New Year's celebration.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
Alan & Susie

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Maclaren Snow

We have been loving this warmer weather with all the snow.  The wind could stay away though. 
Since I last posted we have gotten about 2 feet of fresh snow.  The first foot of snow was blown around and then it warmed up and in one day we had....snow/sleet/rain/sleet/snow and topped that off with 25 mph wind.  What a slick mess that was! Alan did get out and groom a bit, only to have another snow storm come through with some more wind.
Yesterday it started snowing again and really dumped the snow on us, we got over a foot of the most beautiful snow you have ever seen!!!!! The warm weather put a nice crust on the snow and now with this fresh powder, WOW the riding will be awesome! 
Alan & Megan went out snow machining last night, went to the West Fork of the Maclaren, they were only gone for 45 minutes to an hour, no trail left on their way home......it was really snowing that hard, and a bit of wind (4-5 mph). 
Bandit and Jackson are loving this, they went out with Megan skiing.  Of course they put on 2 miles to her one. 

Several trail breakers for mushers are here, breaking trail for the dogs.  We have 3 teams coming in this morning to spend a couple of days training.  According to the trail breakers, they have been pushing snow all night long.  I bet they are exausted, but that is ok, I have a big pot of chili going and home made bread made.  They will not go hungry!