Travel under the rugged and beautiful peaks of Archangel Valley and up Reed Creek for a spectacular weekend of skiing and winter camping. Plan on meeting at the Carrs Muldoon parking lot near the bakery at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 10. From there we’ll drive to the trailhead at the intersection of the Archangel Road and the Hatcher Pass Road. This is about ¾ mile past the former Motherlode lodge. If you’d rather meet us at the trailhead, we’ll meet about 10:30 am. Expect to ski about 3 ¾ miles before we set up camp, gaining about 500 feet of altitude in that distance. Camp will be set up between Goodhope Creek and the former mine buildings near Snowbird Creek. We’ll dig a pit for a common area for cooking and set up tents near the pit. Bring your own camping gear and food. A packing list is attached below for suggestions. Be prepared for the elements, wind, cold and precipitation, including rain. For those skiing with their dogs, porcupines are in the area.
There is a day tour option for those who prefer not to spend the night. If you plan on telemark or AT ski after setting up camp, bring avalanche gear, beacon, shovel and probe. Expect to arrive back to the cars around 4:00-5:00pm on Sunday depending on how much fun we are having.
Please check the weather forecast to prepare for this trip:
All NSAA Backcountry Tour participants must be NSAA members. Due to the COVID pandemic, members must RSVP and sign release forms online. All participants are also required to fill out a COVID assessment form online within 48 hours of the start of the tour. See the complete Mitigation Plan on the homepage for Backcountry Tours. Social distancing will be practiced on all tours.
All the NSAA tours are accompanied by the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol. If needed, they provide first aid and safety for tour participants. We thank them for their valuable help.
You can help support the Tours section by purchasing an attractive knit ski cap online.
Based on prior low snow years, we may need to change the location of the ski tour and will let folks know by email, the NSAA website or the Tours Hotline at 907-258-6800. Thanks for your flexibility!