This intermediate-level tour offers a moderate climb to beautiful terrain in the Turnagain Pass winter recreation area. We’ll ascend Center Ridge, the low ridge between Tincan and Sunburst, skiing past the weather station, climbing 1000 feet in 2 miles. The climbing requires you to bring skins for your backcountry touring skis as well as avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). Once the climb is gained, the ridge is practically flat with some easy ups and downs. This is a great tour for those who want to practice kick turns, telemarking or AT skiing on relatively mild terrain. You will need to perform kick turns if you are not proficient with downhill turns. Because the weather is often variable, bring clothing for wind, cold and snow. Metal-edged BC skis and boots with strong ankle support are highly recommended for this tour. Meet at 9:00 am at the Chugach State Park Headquarters parking lot (by the train south of Potter Marsh).
Please check the following weather information before you prepare for this ski tour. For up to date point weather forecasts of the area check:
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.
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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!