Ski tracks can be seen in the snow at Tsalteshi Trails near Soldotna, Alaska, on March 20, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Ski tracks can be seen in the snow at Tsalteshi Trails near Soldotna, Alaska, on March 20, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Tsalteshi hosting tree-decorating contest along Moose Loop

Anyone is welcome to decorate a tree

Tsalteshi Trails is looking to “brighten up winter” with the Tsalteshi Tree Ski competition. The group is soliciting volunteers to decorate trees on Tsalteshi’s Moose Loop — which is the lighted loop behind Skyview Middle School — for a community competition selecting the best decorated.

Anyone is welcome to decorate a tree, with information on Tsalteshi’s website inviting businesses, organizations, teams, families, friends and “groups of complete strangers who happen to like decorating” to try their hand.

Trees of various sizes are available on Moose Loop, but there isn’t power available for lights. Guidance from the organization says to “think colorful, rather than electrified.” Participants are urged to use large decorations that are more visible than small and remember that silver and white decorations won’t show up against the snow. It may be necessary to clear snow periodically. Trees are expected to remain up through Feb. 1. There is no motorized access to the Moose Loop.

Signage for businesses or other organizations is welcome.

To enter, simply show up, decorate a tree, then email a photo, with names of the decorators, to info@tsalteshi.org.

Trees should be decorated throughout Christmas. Voting will be open throughout January. To vote, just take a picture and email it to info@tsalteshi.org. Tsalteshi Trail Association members will be entered into a raffle for voting.

The winner will be named on Feb. 1, and presented with the Viewer’s Choice Award.

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