With no wind, Eklutna Lake was glass, mirroring the snow-capped mountains and the emerging green on their lower flanks.

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Eklutna Lake becomes a 3,200-acre skating rink, at least for a few days

On the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, skaters with colorful parasails tacked hard into a steady southeast wind; skaters with long Nordic blades attached to ski boots whisked swiftly across the lake’s glass-smooth surface; while sleek ice boats with large sails picked up speed to rule the ice. Crestfallen, I sat immobile in a plastic dish sled about a mile out on the lake, holding up a makeshift sail. “Apparently, there is not enough wind,” I mused, “or, my sail is not big enough.” Old timers know that conditions like this don’t come around very often – when a lake freezes smooth and solid before wind ripples it into roughness, or it becomes covered with snow. So, on the last few days of the year, people converged on Eklutna Lake as if someone were offering free beer and pizza – which they weren’t. But what recreationists found was even better: a crystalline clear-expanse of ice, an ice-rink on steroids that went on forever. Nature’s Zamboni machine had outdone itself.

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Lots Of Places To Show Off Our Hometown

Chugiak-Eagle River is a haven for trails, many of them in the nation’s third-largest state park. Chugach State Park has nearly a half million scenic acres.

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In Remote and Unusual Places, Life Always Seems to Find a Way

The most intriguing thing is that no matter the obstacles, harsh conditions, adverse weather or natural disasters, life always seems to find a way.

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Eagle River Valley Is Gateway To Many Experiences

While the idea of having a huge lake fronting homes built on the Eagle River Valley hillsides might be appealing to some people, it did not come to pass.

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