Petersville Area Reports – April 1st Curry Ridge Riders Annual BBQ – “Nice View” near Chulitna Bluff Trail Intersection With North Loop Trail

Curry Ridge Riders 2017 General Membership Meeting and Annual BBQ will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 1st, 2017 and the location will be at “NICE VIEW” where the Tokositna Winter Trail (North Loop) and the Chulitna Bluff Trail (CBT) come together. Some of you may recall this as the Snowmachine pullout along the Chulitna Bluff Trail on top of a small hill overlooking the Princess Lodge.

For those coming up the Parks Highway: parking at MP 131 parking lot is limited.  Come early or plan on parking at MP121.5 or MP127 and riding the rest of the way north. There will be markers along the trails in the snow directing you to the CRR BBQ. 

We will also be featuring our annual membership drive which is how we afford what we do to keep South Denali winter-use trail system maintained and groomed with your memberships and donations to the Curry Ridge Riders.

Single is $20/year, Family is $30/year and Business Memberships are $50/year.

Any other questions, feel free to drop us an email at:

Petersville Area NPC Poker Run April 1st

3/6/2017 Petersville and Chulitna Bluff trails have been well groomed by Randy Crosby (Alaska Snow Cat) and are very smooth.  Powder snow has been wind affected in the swamps and rivers, so its hard to find much of any soft stuff.  A refresh of snow is certainly needed!  Along the trail system, the snow pack is relatively shallow due to the below-average snowfall this year and extended periods of moderate winds.  Alaska Avalanche School & Zacs Tracs of Alberta put on an awesome Level 1 Avalanche Safety Training School in Petersville at Gate Creek Lodge this past weekend specific and relevant to snowmachiners.  Snow pits dug during the training on some untracked hillsides in the Petersville area show a lightly consolidated upper snow pack with a layer of completely unconsolidated and faceted (sugar) snow near the ground.  This lowest layer would cause the entire snowpack to slide if in steep enough avalanche terrain.  However, knowledgeable folks have noted that this may not be representative of the Dutch Hills snow pack and there is limited information for that area to make generalizations or extrapolations.  You just gotta get out there and check it out!!

Feb 17 2017 from AK Snow Cat:  Good news-bad news-much better news this week. 4″ or snow fell Monday in the area followed by warm temps and some rain on Tuesday. Wednesday it cooled back down and a few inches of snow fell with Thursday still remaining cool but no additional snow. This morning we woke to 2+ inches of new snow and it is currently snowing. The Safari Lake Trail, P-ville Rd up to and including the E/W Express plus the Chulitna Bluff between 121 and 129 were all groomed this week. All other trails are reported in very good shape and off trail is looking real good too.

1/15/2017 Post from Alaska Snow Cat Facebook Page… “We rode pretty much the whole area yesterday and there was 5-6″ of fresh snow on the P-ville Rd. and less going west towards Collinsville. Back in Cache Creek again was in the 6″ level as was the E/W Express. However heading north along the Chulita River it got deeper with 9″ total new snow near mile 131.”

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Alaska’s best lodging value, Gate Creek Cabins is a one-of-a-kind property that delivers the “Alaskan Experience” to our guests with all the comforts of home. Gate Creek Cabins is located near the premier tourist destination sites in Alaska–Denali National Park and Denali State Park. We are also near the Petersville Foothills–the most popular area in the winter for snowmachine enthusiasts.  We have year round road access, just 10.5 miles off the Parks Highway at Trapper Creek on the scenic Petersville Road. The drive offers guests several open panoramic views of Mt. Denali, and the Alaska Range, just 30 air miles away. Gate Creek Cabins is situated overlooking two small stocked trout lakes. We have eight log or custom-crafted cabins ranging from one to four bedrooms. Cabins sleep between 4 and 10 persons and all have private indoor bath facilities and full kitchens. Clean, comfortable, and romantic cabins are completely furnished.
 Gate Creek Cabins is open year round. From November to April we cater to snowmachiners and cross-country skiing enthusiasts.  Guided trail rides, and premium fuel is available during the winter months. During the summer months, the beautiful gardens at Gate Creek Cabins create a great place for families to relax and enjoy a restful stay while visiting nearby Denali National Park and Denali State Park. It is the perfect setting for an outdoor wedding. There are lots of things to do in the area in the summer. Fishing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, and gold panning, are the most popular. Wi-Fi is available in our office area. Come and enjoy the peaceful, quiet surroundings. We promise that you will be happy you chose Gate Creek Cabins.

Alaska is the Ultimate Destination for Adventure Based Activity, for both the beginner and the most advanced recreationist. Each year the options become more diversified as the local market changes to meet the demands of both the Alaskan Resident and visiting tourists.

We can assist you with recommendations to customize your adventure and maximize the value of your Alaskan Experience. Our focus is to team you with individuals that specialize in Quality Customer Service and provide you with the best “value based experience”. Local activities include: hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, fishing, flight-seeing, whitewater rafting, rock repelling, canoeing, sky diving, dog mushing, jet boating, gold panning, ATV riding, zip line tours, snowmobiling, and of course photography. In addition, every year new activities are being developed The Greater Petersville-Talkeetna Area is unsurpassed with variety and beauty.

Contrary to what many from the lower 48 states and the rest of the world believe, we have mild summer and winter temperatures in South Central Alaska. In summer, it may reach into the 80‘s (Fahrenheit). During winter, daytime temperatures range from 20-40 degrees. It is rare for us to have below zero (Fahrenheit) temps even at night. Most years we get over 12-feet of snow. By Mid-May to early June the snow is all gone, except for in the mountains, and it starts greening up. Fall colors start around Labor Day and last into late September. The best months for viewing the Aurora Borealis are in early spring and late fall–remember, it doesn’t get dark here during summer.

Your hostess,
Susie Seibert

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