Views along the Middle Fork Loop in Chugach State Park

Ski with spectacular views of Rusty Point, Ptarmigan and O’Malley Peaks with grand views of the surrounding mountains.  This is one of Anchorage’s most accessible backcountry tours. We’ll meet at the Prospect Heights trailhead at 9:30 am and start touring to the south of the trailhead.  If weather and snow conditions are favorable, we’ll ski the Middle Fork Loop.  Otherwise, if we have high winds or icy trail conditions, we’ll ski many of the nearby hillside trails in the trees.  Expect to return to your vehicles about 3:30 or 4 p.m.  You’ll need to purchase an Alaska State Parks Day Use Pass for $5 if you don’t currently have one.  Be prepared for cold, wind, and good times.  You’ll need warm clothes, including some for breaks, food for a lunch stop and plenty of water.  The trail climbs from the start and while there are some relatively flat portions, be prepared for skiing uphill and negotiating some downhill drops.  Much of the trail is a wide snowmachine groomed trail, but a lot of it will be skier-made trails packed with some foot traffic.  The first third of the trail will be characterized by uphill, the middle third will be relatively flat, and the last portion will be downhill.

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 review the COVID assessment questions online within 24 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!