Best Bets

What was that about April showers? Are they supposed to be here in March?

The Betster’s not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature at the moment, but it appears she could be making up for our late spring and summer last year with an early breakup this year.

Quick! While the ice is gone! Get in those jogs and clear that debris long-buried under the snow in your yard. For, as all Alaskans know too well, this warm up could certainly be nothing more than a trick. A classic Fool’s Spring. A lull before Second Winter. Let us hope not.

While we’ve got this good weather, let’s use it! Get outside, do some spring cleaning inside, or take your chances with some of these best bets:

BEST ACTIVE BET: With all that pesky snow and ice melting rapidly away, now’s the perfect time to hit the pavement again if you were taking a hibernation break.

Join the Thursday Night Fun Run sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Running Club.

Fun runs happen every Thursday at 6 p.m. Each month brings a new location, so check out their Facebook page for this month’s location.

Routes are posted every Tuesday and are 2.7-3.2 miles in distance. This is non-timed and non-competitive fun run and you don’t have to run.

Families and all ages and abilities are welcome.

This is a free event and you do not need to be a member to join in.

BEST BOUNTY BET: The Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is the premier fishing tournament of Alaska, and it’s coming up this Saturday!

Every March, anglers take to the waters of Kachemak Bay in search of King Salmon in a one-day tournament. There are tens of thousands of dollars in prize money to be awarded to the largest kings caught.

There are additional opportunities for side bets, prizes offered every hour of the tournament.

After the fishing lines are pulled from the water, join the festivities at the weigh-in located at Coal Point on the Homer Spit.

Join the Homer Chamber of Commerce for food, music, beer and fun.

Weigh-in takes place from 2-6 p.m., with prizes being awarded around 7 p.m.

BEST BOARDING BET: Judging by the weather this past week, now might be one of your last chances to head up a few elevation levels and enjoy the Homer Rope Tow while the snow lasts.

The hill is open for skiing and snowboarding Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It costs $5 for students 18 and under, and $10 for adults. For updated conditions, call 235-SNOW.

The ski hill has a 260-foot vertical drop and multiple routes down the slopes, the top accessible by the 850-foot long rope tow. A woodstove heated lodge is at the base of the hill, a short 1/4 mile downhill hike or ski from the parking area on Ohlson Mountain Road. There is an outhouse but no running water.

There is a microwave for heating lunches or snacks. Day passes and season passes are available for purchase at the hill.

Skiers/snowboarders 17 and younger must have a signed parental liability waiver on file. Forms are available on the website as well as on the hill.

BEST INFORMED BET: Want to know more about the town you live in? Head over to the Best Western Bidarka Inn on Tuesday for the State of the City Luncheon, hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Hear presentations by City Manager Katie Koester and Mayor Ken Castner.

The event is at noon.