I usually think of Anchorage as just a somewhat crowded city near the ocean, but in a way it’s really a mountain town. Most mountain towns have roadside attractions for your backcountry skiing pleasure. While the Anchorage “roadside” is frequently a bush plane landing or helicopter lift, you can get to some good skiing around here with a short car drive and some hiking. One such road accessed place I got introduced to years ago is Turnagain Pass on the Seward Highway. I’m still a gumby without much knowledge of the options for Turnagain skiing (you can get to a bunch of peaks up there), but it’s easy to follow the local’s tracks up Tincan and get some turns, so we did.
It was terrific to get out again after more than two days cooped up in the truck. The thick air of being at nearly sea level was crazy. Weird to have your legs burn when you’re not even breathing hard. Denali will cure that situation soon enough!
We might get in a few more short tours around here, but we’re focused on final packing and getting our whole mess up to Talkeetna. That process is going well, but I’m tired of REI and Wal-Mart!