Touring to the Skookum Glacier

This will be a kick and glide tour up to the Skookum Glacier.  On a sunny day, you’ll enjoy incredible views of the glacier and Byron and Carpathian Peaks.  Because it’s spring, we have to worry about the warmth instead of the cold.  Depending on snow conditions, we may need to negotiate some snow bridge crossings.  The ski is flat until the last two miles as we approach the glacier.  There are beautiful views of the glacier from ~mile 4.  To get to the toe of the glacier, we will need to continue on, ski down and up Skookum Creek valley and up the glacier moraine.  We’ll meet at 8 am at the Chugach State Park Headquarters parking lot (the train south of Potter Marsh).

Because it’s spring, temps may be warmer than earlier in the year.   You’ll still need warm clothes for breaks, food for a lunch stop and plenty of water.

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

Portage Forecast

Girdwood Forecast 

ADOT&PF Road Weather Information System (look for Seward Highway, Portage Glacier Road)

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!