Ski Train 2018

Saturday, March 24, 2018

$140: Adults (12+) & $115: Youth (0-11)

Enjoy Alaska’s beauty on the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s Ski Train!  This is a bucket list experience that is sure to make you smile!  Ride the rails with a train full of fellow skiers for a full day of awesome fun with friends old and new. Go where no car can take you, to Alaska’s remote backcountry. Enjoy spectacular beauty with terrain for all ages and levels of skiers, snowshoers and outdoor enthusiasts. The four hour ride is a great time to relax and enjoy the scenery, share games and picnic with friends and family or pass the time dancing in the Polka Car with the Alaska Blaskapelle Band.  We encourage our participants that this is a family friendly event, and to be responsible.

An annual tradition, the Ski Train has been the winter’s focal point for Alaskan friends and family for over 40 years. Tickets sell out fast so mark your calendar for the experience of a life time.  Please remember this is a family friendly event and safety is our number 1 priority!

 

Tickets

Tickets for NSAA Members are available to purchase online starting October 1st each year. 

Pricing Starts at:

$140 Adults 12+

$115 Youth 0-11

NEW FOR 2018

Parking Pass $20: Skip the hassle of looking for parking with the Ski Train Parking Pass! Park closest to the train in a spot reserved just for you. Only 20 parking passes available. Parking passes will be mailed with tickets

Pre-sale on Ski Train exclusive merchandise! Save time by pre-ordering your official exclusive Ski Train merchandise when you purchase your tickets! All Ski Train merchandise will feature the new Ski Train logo. We offer Ski Train t-shirts, Ski Train hoodie, and other assorted NSAA merchandise. Ski Train merchandise will also be available for sale on the train as well.

 

Car A Matanuksa Brewing Co., Car B Glacier Brewhouse, Car C Alaskan Brewing Co.

$160 Adults 21 and Over ONLY: Beer will be provided on the train and at an exclusive beer garden in Curry.

Car D Trek Bicycle Store 

$140 Adults 12+

$115 Youth 0-11

Car E SkiAK

$140 Adults 12+

$115 Youth 0-11

Car F Wild Scoops

$145 Adults 12+: Includes complimentary Wild Scoops ice cream on the train

$120 Youth 0-11: Includes complimentary Wild Scoops ice cream on the train

Car G Conrad-Houston Insurance

$140 Adults 12+

$115 Youth 0-11

 

NSAA membership is required to purchase Ski Train tickets. All passengers, including the ticket purchaser, must be NSAA members. Your membership supports trails and ensures that NSAA can continue to put on great events like Ski Train! Look for Membership when purchasing your tickets online.

8 Tickets maximum per purchase; Tickets will be mailed in December

Types of Seating & Atmosphere

All Booth Seating: Family, Social, and 21+

Before you purchase, check out the train layout and seating chart below. Please consider what car/seat based on what you want your train experience to be: Quiet and family friendly? Or festive, 21 and older environment?  Participants are encouraged to stay near their seat for most of the train for safety reasons.  Blocking the aisle creates serious problems for the Alaska Railroad staff.

Remember tickets are non-refundable (for any reason). You can transfer or sell your ticket. If the train is sold out we will have a waiting list of folks wanting tickets. Just email us and we will send you back the list of willing buyers.  Please consider what car/seat you prefer and when buying a ticket from someone selling, be aware of what car you will be in.  Tickets are specific to seats and cars and cannot be changed.

 

Train Cars

Scroll down to see the exciting train cars we offer for your ride to Curry. New for 2018: each car has a theme so break out your best costumes!

2018 Ski Train Layout – 2018 Ski Train car layout

Car A: Matanuska Brewing Company Car

Atmosphere: 21 and older only

Theme:  Vikings

# of seats: 68

Matanuska Brewing Co Car Ticket Pricing: $160 Complimentary beer included which is served by brewery servers,and exclusive access to Cars A-C Only Curry Beer Garden

Thank you to Matanuska Brewing Company for sponsoring Car A!

 

Car B: Glacier Brewhouse Car

 

Atmosphere: 21 and older only

Theme:  Caveman

# of seats: 76

Glacier Brewhouse Car Ticket Pricing: $160  Complimentary beer included which is served by brewery servers,and exclusive access to Cars A-C Only Curry Beer Garden

Thank you to Glacier Brewhouse for sponsoring Car B!

 

Car C: Alaskan Brewing Co Car

 

Atmosphere: 21 and older only

Theme:  Toga/Greek

# of seats: 76

Alaskan Brewing Co Car Ticket Pricing: $160 Complimentary beer included which is served by brewery servers,and exclusive access to Cars A-C Only Curry Beer Garden

Thank you to Alaskan Brewing Co for sponsoring Car C!

 

Car D: Trek Bicycle Store Car

Atmosphere: Social

Theme:  Star Trek

# of seats: 76

Trek Bicycle Store Car Ticket Pricing: $140 Adults, $115 Youth

Thank you to Trek Bicycle Store for sponsoring Car D!

 

Car E: SkiAK Car

 

Atmosphere: Social

Theme:  Coming Soon!

# of seats: 76

Car E Ticket Pricing:  $140 Adults, $115 Youth

 

Car F: Wild Scoops Car

 

Atmosphere: Family Friendly

Theme:  Wild Animal Kingdom

# of seats: 68

Car F Ticket Pricing:  $145 Adults, $120 Youth  Includes complimentary Wild Scoops ice cream on the train.

 

Car G: Conrad-Houston Insurance Car

 

Atmosphere: Family Friendly

Theme:  The Incredibles

# of seats: 68

Car 555 Ticket Pricing:  $140 Adults, $115 Youth

Details

What to expect:

What to expect boarding the train (6:00 am – 7:00 am):

  • Drop passengers and baggage at the Alaska Railroad Depot in Anchorage
  • Load your equipment on the baggage car (in ski bags or securely bundled and labeled)
  • Park in lot on Ship Creek Ave, across from the Comfort Inn
  • Sign-in with ticket and photo-ID at your assigned car
  • Enjoy the ride

 

What to expect on the train:

  • Assigned seats at table cars
  • Storage for your personal gear and food. All skis, poles, snowshoes in baggage car please!
  • Tasty treats for purchase for breakfast and lunch in the Food Car. Proceeds help underwrite the cost of the train.
  • Commemorative Ski Train merchandise for sale in the Polka Car
  • Dance your way home with live music by the Alaska Blaskapelle Band.
  • A helpful volunteers to feed you, entertain you, help you, and answer questions.
  • A friendly atmosphere to celebrate with friends and meet new ones
  • Please help out and clean up around your area before you leave the train

What to expect in Curry:

  • Curry Weather
  • Yes, you can leave your items on train when you ski
  • This late in the season, we usually have mild temperatures
  • Beautiful backcountry conditions – no groomed trails, but with hundreds of skiers there will be trails to follow
  • Please follow directions of the Safety Teams
    • Stay away from out of bounds area
    • No skiing on the river (winter is not a good time to swim in Alaska)
  • Snow conditions vary tremendously from year to year, from powder to hard packed to corn snow. Snow is generally too deep and soft to walk, bring snowshoes if you do not ski.
  • Want a mellow ski? – flat area around the tracks, old town site & north along the tracks
  • Want a more hard-core ski? – head east from the train and up the quary road, switchbacking up 1000’. Views of Denali and sweet turns coming down.

What to Bring:

  • Skis or snow shoes in ski bag with your name clearly marked. Please save our volunteer’s back – NO HEAVY SKI BAGS PLEASE, 25 pounds max!
  • Child-carriers or chariots welcome in baggage car
  • Dress warmly in layers. Temperatures vary, expect warm, cool or cold weather. Be prepared to sun, snow or (gasp) rain.
  • Change of clothes for ride home – shoes at all times
  • Food and refreshments (no glass please). Adult beverages are allowed but please keep them concealed.  It is recommended that hard liquor be left at home or beverages be premixed.  Displaying alcohol is strongly discouraged. Please be mindful that the Ski Train is a family friendly event and safety is our number one concern. Adult beverages are allowed but drink responsibly please. Help us keep the BYOB option available in the future.
  • Crock pots & blenders? There are limited electrical outlets in some cars, check with the NSAA office for availability in your car.

What not to bring:

  • Your dog. Only search and rescue dogs from ASAR allowed
  • No heavy ski bags, max 25 pounds – our volunteers have to load and unload them
  • No large hard-sided coolers – small or soft-sided coolers fit in the limited storage space.
  • No fuel allowed (AKRR rules). Please leave your cook stoves at home.

Schedule:

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Tickets on sale for NSAA members. NSAA membership is required to purchase Ski Train tickets. All passengers, including the ticket purchaser, must be NSAA members. Your membership supports trails and ensures that NSAA can continue to put on great events like Ski Train!

Saturday, March 24, 2018
6-7 am – Boarding in Anchorage
7 am – Doors close – 7:30 train leaves station
11 am – Arrival in Curry
11-4 pm – Skiing in Curry (train stays on site for warmup)
4 pm – Train departs Curry. Let the polka dancing begin!
8 pm – Arrival in Anchorage

Where to Board:

Directions to Anchorage Depot

  • Where to park and unload – Ski Train Layout– pdf
  • Bring tickets & photo ID

FAQs

Skiing and Railroad Safety- pdf

  1. Who organizes the Ski Trains? In addition to the time spent by the NSAA office staff, organizing the ski trains requires an enormous volunteer effort spearheaded by a volunteer ski train chairman. The chairman is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers who coordinate such things as parking and loading, food sales, T-shirt sales, safety and, of course, the polka band.
  2. How long has the Ski Train been operating?
    The first ski train was March 19, 1972.  The ticket price was $5, and the train charter cost was $3,000.
  3. What does the Ski Train ticket cover? 
    NSAA’s biggest cost for the ski train is the charter fee paid to the Alaska Railroad Corp. Most of the ticket revenues go towards the charter fee. Additionally, NSAA must purchase a separate insurance policy exclusively for the ski train. Another 2-3% of the revenues go toward credit card processing and website fees. Additionally, there are additional costs related to staff time and supplies coordinating with the ARRC, marketing, processing payments, assigning seats, printing and mailing tickets, answering phone calls related to the ski train, etc.  After all costs are accounted for, proceeds from the Ski Train go towards NSAA’s efforts in maintaining Anchorage’s trail system all year long.  How cool is that? Ski Train supports our local trail systems!
  4. If something comes up and I can’t make the train, can I transfer my ticket to someone else?
    If you find that you will be unable to go on the ski train, you may resell your ticket. Just make sure that you notify NSAA of the change in passenger name.
  5. Is there food available for purchase on the Ski Train?
    Yes, food and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on the train. You may also bring your own food and beverages. NSAA strongly encourages participants to limit the amount of alcohol on the train, especially hard liquor.  Problems in the past have led to restricting some individuals on participating in future ski trains.  Fining participants for damages has also been considered to control the problems.  We ask that you clean up after yourself and place all trash in the trash bins. Please keep adult beverages concealed for the entire ride. Also, if you plan to imbibe in adult beverages, please drink responsibly.

About Curry

Curry Weather Forecast

Maps

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Sponsors

Thank you to our generous Ski Train sponsors!

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Contacts

The ski train continues to be a success mainly because of all of our wonderful volunteers. If you can volunteer in any capacity, please contact the NSAA office at 907-276-7609.

Our Ski Train Team:

Chair: Travis Taylor
Parking: Steve Koller
Food Car: Aurora Hablett and SJ Klein
Polka Band: Neal Haglund & the Alaska Blaskapelle Band
Loading: Tammie Jo Sanches and Cami Timothy
Baggage: Travis Taylor
T-shirt & Merchandise: Krista Stearns
Safety Coordinators: Mike Olive and Eric Dale
Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol
Alaska Search Dogs
Alaska Mountain Rescue
Alaska Railroad Liaison: Sarah Streiffert

Have questions concerning the ski train or are looking to get on the waitlist? 

Please contact the NSAA Office by phone or email:  907-276-7609 or aadams@anchoragenordicski.com.