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"Cross-Country Skiing At Russian Jack Springs Park" Anchorage Sports & Outdoors Tip by mcpangie

Anchorage Sports & Outdoors: 32 reviews and 25 photos

  Russian Jack Springs Park
by mcpangie

There are about 6 miles of groomed Nordic ski trails in East Anchorage in Russian Jack Springs Park (accessed off Debarr Road). The trails are lighted, making skiing a good activity day or evening. This park was may favorite place to ski in Anchorage.

The trail system at Russian Jack hooks up to the trails at Alaska Pacific University and beyond making for all day skiing around Anchorage if you'd like. You can ski all day with only the moose and a few other skiers as company. You’ll be surprised at how much wooded areas are in Anchorage once you are out on the trails. The day I took this picture I had to be quite bundled up because it was well below zero degrees Fahrenheit.

I went to a historical presentation one time about how Russian Jack was a bootlegger who brewed moonshine in his still out at the springs when Anchorage was a young town and alcohol was prohibited.

Equipment: A map... You can get one ahead of time through the mail or buy one in Anchorage.

Theme: Skiing/Snowboarding

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  • Written Jan 20, 2004
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