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 in trees, to gain splendid views of the pass and Turnagain Arm if weather conditions allow.

We will begin with a gradual ski in on a well-developed trail through the forest with short climbs on a narrow trail under various snow conditions.  We will continue north to Ingram Creek where we will enjoy lunch before the return trip.  There is a downhill section coming down to 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.

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)

This NSAA tour is accompanied by the Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol.  If needed, the patrollers provide first aid and safety for tour participants. We thank them for their valuable help.

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 a copy available 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!