The skijoring trails at North Star Golf Club are groomed and ready to go while the skijoring trails at Creamer’s Field are still a work in progress that would benefit from more snow.
Groomers from the Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association have been working on both sets of trails and the early reports are that the trails at North Star, located off the Old Steese Highway about five miles north of Fairbanks, are in much better shape than those at Creamer’s Field.
ASPA head groomer Pat DeRuyter said the last dump of snow on Saturday covered up the few thin spots remaining on the North Star trails and skijorers have been taking advantage of the fresh snow. There were eight skijorers using the trails when she groomed them on Sunday, she said.
At Creamer’s Field on College Road, the trails were rolled once last week and DeRuyter re-rolled them wider on Monday.
“Parts are pretty smooth and other parts are terrible,” she wrote in an email to ASPA members. “The worst is in the Fairgounds corner of the back West Field. I added a cut off through the middle of that field to use until we get more snow. There is a VERY bumpy section in front of the East entry to the Fields ... quite short ... but awful. More snow will help both of those sections. The Dips are BAD ... do NOT take the dips with any speed. Lots of grass and very rough.”
None of the access trails to the Alaska Dog Mushers Association trails were rolled, DeRuyter added.