Winter fun in the 'olde days'

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 04:10

Cycles on Ice

Dec. 1960s Knik Arm Courier:

The latest thing in winter sports is motorcycle racing on ice. The Last Frontier Motorcycle Club has, for the past three Sundays, conducted races on a ½ mile track that has been laid out on the ice of Lower Fire Lake.

In order to make the cycles manageable on the slippery surface, a third wheel or “outrigger” is added.

The races are held on Sundays at 1 p.m. and have become quite a drawing card. The club plans to hold them throughout the winter, weather permitting.


Ski Area Opens This Weekend

Jan. 1967, Knik Arm Courier:

Ptarmigain Valley, a local ski resort, will open for the winter this coming Saturday, Jan. 7, according to Ray Beam, operator.

The opening had been delayed due to the lack of sufficient snow, but Beam said that there is now plenty of snow, and urges all ski enthusiasts to come on up.

There are two tows, a beginners and intermediate, a warm-up hut and snack bar. Ski lessons for both children and adults will be available.

Ptarmigan Valley is located at the headwaters of Little Peters Creek, just a ten minute drive from the Glenn Highway at Mile 20 ¾. Chains, studded tires or four wheel drive is recommended for safety.


Wilford Charles Wins Cheechako

March 1960, Knik Arm Courier:

Eighteen novice dog mushers competed on the ten mile course at Eagle River last Sunday at the 2nd Annual Cheechako Sled Dog races.

Winner in 39:16 was Wilford Charles of Eagle River, who, like all the contestants, qualified by not having ever competed in a sled dog race which offered a cash prize. Second place in 42:25 was Carl Pettit of Eagle River, while Bob Barclay of Anchorage was third in 43:45.

Of the two women competitors, Mary Brinson of Chugiak finished 9th in 53:04, while Judy Bladholm of Anchorage was disqualified after completing 2/3 of the course. Judy had lost one of her boots and had to drop out of the race.

Winners were presented trophies donated by local businessmen. A special loving cup trophy was awarded to Walt Pipple for allowing the races to be held on his land.


This column is provided by the Chugiak-Eagle River Historical Society. Reach them at [email protected] or leave a message at 688-4706.

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