Ski or snowshoe in to take a look at the cabin and yurts, ski Manitoba Mountain, eat some snacks, and celebrate the renovation and opening of the Manitoba Cabin hut site.
Live music: High Lonesome Sound!
Intermittent sets in the later afternoon/evening
Bonfire! Ski tours! Door prizes! Snacks!
Park at Seward Highway Milepost 48. The cabin is about 15 minutes off the road by skis or snowshoes from the MP 48 marker. Complete directions. (Access map).
11:00 a.m. Muster at the cabin for skiing the mountain with others. Skis, skins, probe, shovel, beacon highly recommended. Skiing is with others but not guided—skiers must be self-reliant.
1:00 p.m. Gather at the cabin for a shorter ski tour of flatter forested areas on touring skis, waxed or waxless. Portions may be groomed for classic skis. Skiing is with others but not guided—skiers must be self-reliant.
Late afternoon cooking demo inside the cabin by Adventure Appetites (food sampling indoors and out).
Door prizes will happen randomly from opening (10 a.m.) till dusk.
- Army Navy Store:
- Baffin softshell jacket ($140 value)
- Leatherman Tool ($95 value)
- SKI AK—ski tuning service certificates ($60 value each)
- SmartWool—warm stuff to wear
- Middle Way Café package
Fine print: While not far from “civilization,” this is a backcountry and outdoor event. Weather could be cold, windy, scorching, rain, heavy snow. The cabin and two yurts will be open for public use, but they are not designed for large crowds. If busy, expect to cycle through, and be prepared to be mostly outdoors in the snow. Gear should stay outdoors. Join or renew membership in Alaska Huts onsite if you wish, or donate to the cabin completion fund—Alaska Huts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association. Sunday will be mostly clean-up day, but you are welcome to stop in and see the place between about 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Overnight? Very limited overnight bunkhouse accommodation in one yurt (2 double bunks, 4 singles, $25/person) and on the floor ($15/person) available Saturday night. Sleeping bag and pad needed. Call Michael Henrich at 907-632-6440 to reserve.