Posts Tagged ‘peters’

The Best Ski Loop In Alaska

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

A quick peek around the internet today revealed that a lot of skiers and bikers were out on the back-country trails of Alaska getting in one last training run/ride/ski before the Susitna 100 in two weeks. Looks like most of them were on the Su 100 course somewhere between Point Mackenzie and Luce’s Lodge. It’s great to see so many people getting out of Anchorage to discover all the great trails in Alaska.

Bill, Rob and I also got out of town for a long back-country skate ski this weekend, but we went looking for something a little different. We decided on the Curry Ridge Riders Tokositna Loop. When Tim, Tim, Benji and I did this loop in 2008, we dubbed it “the best ski loop in Alaska.” The Curry Ridge Riders groom amazing trails. The loop has close-up views of Peters Hills, theTokositna River, the Tokosha Mountains, and the Chulitna River, not to mention the Alaska Range looming large over everything. It is simply a spectacular 45 mile loop. I hadn’t been back in three years, so I was really looking forward to doing it again.

The new snow this past week, combined with heavy sno-go traffic, made the trail a bit soft. That, combined a headwind much of the way and some pretty good hills, ensured that we were plenty tired by the end – just what we came for. The scenery was spectacular and the snowmobilers were all very friendly. Many even gave us a thumbs-up as they went by.

Here is a GPS track of our ski.

It is still the best groomed ski loop in Alaska. If you go, be sure to thank the Curry Ridge Riders with a grooming donation.

Thanks to Rob for bring the camera…




Tokositna Loop Ski

Friday, March 28th, 2008

Tokositna Loop Ski


March 28: Three years ago, Linda and I skied and camped on the Curry Ridge Rider trails near Trapper Creek. Ever since then, I have wondered if it would be possible to ski a big loop up and around the Tokositna River using those trails. When I recently read that the CRR had just finished creating such a loop, I couldn’t wait to ski it. Tim Kelley also has some good pictures of this trip (and many, many others).

‘Crust’ Ski Up Peters Creek and Over Bombardment Pass

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

'Crust' Ski Up Peters Creek and Over Bombardment pass


April 14, 2007: Tim, Tim, Benji, and I encountered crust, corn, and fresh powder snow during our ski from the Peter’s Creek trailhead, up and over Bombardment Pass, and out the Ram Valley.

Hiking Peters Hills

Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Hiking Peters Hills


Labor Day weekend 2005 was forecasted to be rainy. But we thought we could squeeze in a short overnight hike before the rains came.

Searching For Crust Near Willow

Saturday, April 9th, 2005

Searching For Crust Near Willow


On Saturday, April 9, Scott and I went searching for crust. I did a recon mission south of Anchorage yesterday and found no crust, so this time we headed north to Willow and the Hatcher Pass road.

Ski Campout At Trapper Creek

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Ski Campout At Trapper Creek


On March 26, we loaded up a sled with our winter camping gear and headed out for an overnight on the snowmobile trails near Trapper Creek.

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