Alaskans love when it snows. By mid September you can hear people guessing what date the first snowfall will appear. This year Girdwood and the Portage Valley were graced with the glorious white crystals on Saturday October 21st. Snow is a wonderful thing in Alaska for a number of reasons. Of course, most of us love to play in the snow. Skiing, sledding and snow machining are tops on the list. Snow is also a welcome sight as our winter days get shorter and the hours of light dwindle. The snow brightens up our world. The beautiful foliage from summer has all decayed and turned brown so a covering of white is the perfect cure.
This year’s first snowfall gave us a three-inch coating of light fluffy snow, so it was time to dig out the skis and boots, gloves and hats, and try them out for another season. Ron and I decided to head to Portage’s Trail of Blue Ice for some cross country skiing. We were delighted to find just enough snow to glide through the woods. When we got to Portage Lake we were greeted with the most glorious vistas. The skies were blue, the mountains covered in snow and there was only a slight breeze. What a perfect first ski outing for 2017. We have our fingers crossed that the snow will continue to fall so we can have many more fun adventures in our winter wonderland!