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Kenai Conversation: Nordic skating with Luc Mehl and Sarah Histand

Courtesy of Luc Mehl

When the conditions are just right, the Kenai Peninsula’s many lakes are perfect for nordic skating. But it can be hard to know where to start.

Luc Mehl and Sarah Histand, of Anchorage, have some advice.

You might know Luc as the writer of The Packraft Handbook and Sarah as the owner of Mind & Mountain. But they’re also big backcountry skaters and love finding skateable ice anywhere they can.

We talked to Luc and Sarah about all things nordic skating, from ice safety, to finding the right equipment, to their favorite skating spots on the Kenai Peninsula.

Relevant links:
Luc’s equipment and trip planning guide
Ice probe poles and ice safety picks
How to use satellite imagery to scout good ice
Nordic skating Southcentral Facebook group
Ermine Skate
Skating Katmai National Park and Preserve and Bethel to Goodnews Bay

Sabine Poux is a producer and reporter for the Brave Little State podcast of Vermont Public. She was formerly news director and evening news host at KDLL in Kenai.<br/><br/>Originally from New York, Sabine has lived and reported in Argentina and Vermont and Kenai.
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