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    Default Denali Highway Trail Report 1/11/14.

    The Denali Highway is in excellent shape from Cantwell to Alpine Creek Lodge. We have been grooming it since early November. No bare spots anywhere along the way. Some easy bumps here and there, but since we've been pulling the drag regularly, they are fairly smooth. Off trail riding is excellent now. 4 to 8 feet of snow in spots. East of Alpine Creek Lodge, very few people have been over there, but those that have say it's deep deep snow starting at MP 62 or so.

    Hope to see you out here!

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    How is the road after this weekend? We're you guys effected by the warm weather we are having to the south of you?
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    When the first storm came through they were reporting 41 degrees.
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    Been running 20's & 30's. I ran down to check traps between here in the Big Su bridge today. Highway is set up nice, and no new drifting! So that was good news. Snow has a good 1/2 crunch on top, and has settled about 6 inches. Was great going off trail if you were trying to get somewhere! Down on my other line there was a dozen trees down due to the heavy wet snow we had. First time I've seen that up here. Overall, my opinion is that we are going to have a great base for spring riding! Just need to bring on some fresh snow to cover this up.
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    Claude, you guys seen any rain up there with latest push of warmer weather ?
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    We did get a lot of rain for two nights in a row. Had high's in the 40's, but the good news in the highway remained in decent condition and we have 27 mushers here tonight, as they can't find decent snow anywhere else. Off trail is decent. I was out yesterday, and did some off trail riding and it was still good. Not excellent, but doable. Temps are dropping below 30 tonight. We lost quite a bit of snow, but what was left is going to be a great base.
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    Any hope for at least somewhat good snow way up high??

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    That is my hope! I'm heading up high Saturday, I think. I'm guessing way up the Clearwater should be great, but until I put my own eyes on it, I don't want to guarantee it.

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    How packed is the lodge looking with mushers on the 13th???

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    We have 8 rooms open on the night of the 13th, plus one cabin open (Fishermans cabin with 4 full size beds). So plenty of room so far. Mushers will begin arriving at the lodge around 10pm, and trickle through the lodge till maybe 2am. They will then be gone for a couple of days before they come back through.
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    End up getting back into the Clearwater mountains???

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    Got back up there in the Clearwaters! There wasn't much powder, but you can go anywhere. It's not super hard, but it has a crunch on top. You sink about 4 inches, but anyone can go anywhere, no matter experience level. Going to be excellent with about a foot of fresh on top. If you like to explore new area's, this is the snow for you!
    Also, the trail was groomed from Paxson to Alpine Creek today. Al and Sue are back at the lodge, and getting ready to open! So the entire highway is now groomed and great riding. I came back in from Anchorage today. Was a great trip.
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    There's softer snow to be found down in the little valleys off the Hatchet Lake trail. It's tree riding but the snow is there.
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    Nice vid! What sled were you riding, looked great.

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    2102 Pro RMK
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    Is that a prototype for 2102 or a dyslectic 2012 model?
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    Poo hooked me up with the sled they're releasing in 90 years. I'm special like that.
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