Views of Turnagain Arm from the Iditarod National Historic Trail

Join us on this ski tour of the Iditarod National Historic Trail in Turnagain Pass. We’ll ski through open areas and through the trees, to gain splendid views of Turnagain pass and the Arm if weather conditions allow.

We will begin on a well developed trail and will gradually ski through the forest with short climbs on a narrow trail under various snow conditions.  We will follow the Iditarod Trail north to Ingram Creek for a picnic before the return trip.  There is a short downhill section on the return trip located before the parking area. Although this trail is relatively flat, skiers should be able to negotiate short climbs and downhills on a narrow trail under various snow conditions. If not, walking these short sections is recommended.

We’ll meet at the Chugach State Park headquarters parking lot at 9 a.m. This is the parking lot with the train and bathrooms south of Potter Marsh on the Seward highway about milepost 115. We anticipate arriving at the trailhead at mile 68 on the east side of the highway (the one with the bathrooms) at about 10:15 a.m.

Please check the following weather information before you prepare for this ski tour.  For up-to-date weather forecasts of the area check:

Portage/Portage Pass (National Weather Service)

Weather station at nearby Sunburst Ridge (includes a webcam that looks down at Center Ridge)

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!