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 a.m. 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 the 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 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.

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!