Views along the Middle Fork Loop in Chugach State Park

This ski tour includes spectacular views of Rusty Point, Ptarmigan and O’Malley Peaks with views of the surrounding mountains, and is one of Anchorage’s most accessible backcountry tours.

We’ll meet at the Prospect Heights trailhead at 9:30 a.m. and travel south out of the parking lot. You’ll need to purchase an Alaska State Parks Day Use Pass ($5) if you don’t currently have one. Be prepared for cold, wind, and good times by bringing warm clothes, food and plenty of water. If weather and snow conditions are favorable we’ll ski the Middle Fork Loop; otherwise, if there are high winds or icy conditions, we’ll ski the nearby hillside trails.  Expect to return to your vehicles about 3:30-4:00 p.m.

The Middle Fork Loop trail has a variety of terrain throughout it’s 8 miles, with the first third of the trail being uphill, the middle third being relatively flat, and the last portion being downhill. Much of the trail is wide snowmachine groomed trail, but a lot of it will be skier made trails packed with some foot traffic.

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!