Ski Train a fun, family-friendly winter classic

by • December 5, 2016 • Home Display, trailmixComments (0)553

A Polka band entertains guests aboard the annual NSAA Ski Train.  Glen Aronwits/ NSAA.

A Polka band entertains guests aboard the annual NSAA Ski Train. Glen Aronwits/ NSAA.

Every winter, one special day and one unique event brings together skiers and outdoors enthusiasts to celebrate winter in an unforgettable way: on a journey to a remote, abandoned town, an old railroad whistlestop, on the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage’s Ski Train. This season’s train departs March 11 and tickets are selling fast.
Ski Train is not just for expert backcountry skiers, nor even reserved for adventurous types. This day can be enjoyed by all levels and ages of Nordic skiers as well as snowshoers, parents and kids with sleds, telemark skiers taking powdery turns, and even friends, families and coworkers enjoying a getaway.
The 200-mile journey aboard the Alaska Railroad offers spectacular views of Denali and wildlife along the Susitna River as it travels to the Curry whistlestop. Along the way, a Polka band roams the cars playing tunes, adding to the fun and festive vibe. Most people bring food and drink to enjoy on the way to and from Curry.

 

The annual NSAA Ski Train drops backcountry skiers off at Curry Ridge for a sunny day of exploration.  Courtesy NSAA.

The annual NSAA Ski Train drops backcountry skiers off at Curry Ridge for a sunny day of exploration. Courtesy NSAA.

This season’s Ski Train brings together community partners offering unique experiences on the train and in Curry for participants. Trek Store of Anchorage is providing fat bike demos on a fun yet challenging course. Raffle tickets to win a free Farley Fat Bike will be on sale and the winning ticket will be drawn on the return ride to Anchorage. REI will offer snowshoe demonstrations, a beacon search activity and an avalanche pack along to deploy. Kaladi Brothers Coffee returns to caffeinate with quality espresso.
NSAA’s Ski Train sells out quickly; tickets are $140 apiece. Visit www.anchoragenordicski.com/ski_train_details.htm.

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