LISTEN: Making the most of Anchorage’s unusual winter with ice skates on hidden ponds

Alaska Public Media reporters ice skating on Mosquito Lake behind the Elmo Sackett Broadcast Center in Anchorage (Photo: Joey Mendolia)

Before heavy snow blanketed Anchorage on Christmas Eve, the winter in Southcentral Alaska brought several freeze-thaw cycles that melted most of the area’s snow pack. While it was a drag for skiers, among others, it led to a lot of really good ice on lakes and ponds typically covered by snow ⁠— and it’s made for some top-notch ice-skating, as a group of Alaska Public Media employees discovered on a recent afternoon.