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Bird Creek valley - backcountry ski touring

This will be an all-day ski trip, exploring the scenic Bird Creek valley, heading up to the base of the pass. We might end up skiing about 20 miles, but it's out and back so people can always turn around when they want. The first four miles are easy, but intermediate backcountry ski skills are required for the rest of the route. Count on breaking trail through fairly deep powder most of the day.   Bring skins and avalanche gear, if you have it. We may not need the skins and avy gear, but it's good to have in case we want to go part way up the pass.

My son is going to meet us at the trailhead with a snowmachine and he will tow us up to the avalanche site, about 4 miles. Yippeeeee!!!! Thanks to the trail clearing efforts of the Chugach State Part trail crew, most of the downed trees are cut back (cleared) almost all the way to the ford site.

As usual, bring appropriate gear for the snow and weather conditions and plenty of food and water. A group of us skied back in here last weekend and the powder conditions were great after we dropped off of the main snowmachine trail.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Rick promised us a camp out overnight but we never found his cache despite our persistent effort. Maybe a little brown bear took a liking of the stash and claimed it together with his favorite skier.

    March 31, 2013

  • Amy M

    It was slow going as we had to break trail through heavy, wet snow, but we made it pretty close to the base of the pass. We searched and searched but couldn't find any flagging to locate the "real" crossing of the first ravine. However, we discovered a "scenic shortcut" to the Brown Bear Bar. You climb up and over the infamous "Rick's Ravine," drop down the other side to the S. Fork of Ship Creek, and ski over to Indian Pass. We saved that trip for another day. :-) Good group of people; FUN skiing out!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    shoot, this sounds great but I am busy. Maybe another weekend. Have fun

    March 28, 2013

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