A canine companion on Archangel Road

Rescheduled to Sunday, December 1, 2019 due to avalanche conditions and road hazards on the original tour date. Please call the Tours Hotline at 907-258-6800 to check for any further changes to the tour.

Join our first ski tour of the season – the 22nd Annual Turkey Day Shakeoff – along the Archangel Road in Hatcher Pass. Travel under the rugged and beautiful peaks of the Archangel Valley and past old mining ruins for a spectacular day of skiing. This is a great opportunity for those who want to learn about ski touring in the mountains, or start skiing for the season.

We’ll meet at the Carrs Muldoon parking lot near the bakery at 9 a.m. From there we’ll carpool to the Archangel Road trailhead about 0.8 miles up the road from Gold Mint Trailhead. If you’d rather meet us at the trailhead, expect to see us about 10:30 a.m. We anticipate arriving back at the cars about 3:30 p.m., depending on how much fun we are having and how far we ski. The first portion of the trail to the Reed Lakes trail head is flat, gaining only 300 feet in 2 ½ miles. This is a great turnaround spot for beginning skiers. The trail to the gate is another 1 ½ miles, gaining 500 feet, and will be a great downhill run for those with more experience. We expect to ski about 8 miles round trip.

Be prepared for the elements: wind, cold and precipitation. Bring adequate water and food. For those skiing with their dogs, porcupines occupy the area.

Please check the following weather information to prepare for this ski tour.

Hatcher Pass area weather forecast  

Point forecast for Archangel Road

Marmot weather station (operated by the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center; includes a webcam)

All NSAA tour participants should be a member of the club and sign the NSAA Release Form once a year.  Download and sign now, or sign one provided by the tour leader at the start of the tour.

Depending on snow conditions, we may need to change the location of the ski tour and will let folks know by email and the Tours Hotline at 907-258-6800.  Thanks for your flexibility!