Ski tour to ‘The Great One’: Denali National Park  

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Alison Arians enjoys the Alaska backcountry during a ski association-sponsored backcountry tour at Denali National Park and Preserve. BOB SUTHERLAND/ NSAA.

Alison Arians enjoys the Alaska backcountry during a ski association-sponsored backcountry tour at Denali National Park and Preserve. BOB SUTHERLAND/ NSAA.

Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s annual and always epic backcountry ski tours into Denali National Park are back for 2017. NSAA partners with Denali Sled Dog Expeditions to provide support for two adventures filled with skiing, fun and exploration.
The first trip, Feb. 18-25, begins near the Denali National Park headquarters. Dog sled teams pack the gear as skiers travel seven to 17 miles daily. Skiers pass over and near several spectacular mountain passes and frozen rivers. Snow levels vary and weather is unpredictable, but the views never disappoint. Nights are spent at historic Denali Patrol cabins.

 

Kris Holderied, Molly McCammon, Amy Holman, Monica O’Keefe and Colleen Marinucci ski toward McGonagall Pass. Bob Sutherland/ NSAA.

Kris Holderied, Molly McCammon, Amy Holman, Monica O’Keefe and Colleen Marinucci ski toward McGonagall Pass. Bob Sutherland/ NSAA.

The first trip ends in Kantishna, where the second tour begins (Feb. 25-March 4) after skiers are dropped off by bush plane. Grand views of Denali and unparalleled beauty are guaranteed as skiers and travel to Oastler Pass, McGonagall Pass and Wonder Lake and see majestic vistas of Muldrow and Traleika glaciers. Skiers stay in arctic oven-heated tents. The adventure ends in Kantishna with a flight to Healy.
NSAA Backcountry Tours is led by volunteers and supported by Anchorage Nordic Ski Patrol. Register early for these trips and others at www.anchoragenordicski.com/programs/backcountry-tours/.

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