A 40-year-old event attracts hundreds of skiersANCHORAGE –
It has been an annual spring event for more than 40 years in Alaska — The Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage Ski Train.
The NSAA charters a train with the Alaska Railroad each year and takes more than 700 skiers and volunteers on a trip northward to Curry, Alaska. Curry is located about 10 miles north of Talkeetna off the road system.
Long ago, Curry was home to a hotel that burned to the ground in the 1950s and was never rebuilt. The only time Curry sees much excitement anymore is when the ski train stops by.
The train sits in Curry for roughly five hours and ski train passengers explore the woods and trails via skis and snowshoes, with some staying near the train to take advantage of sledding on the local hills.
Although Curry is the destination for the trip, the biggest highlight is the train ride to and from Curry. It turns into a party train with many themed cars. There is also the Alaska Blaskapelle onboard playing polka music. On the return trip to Anchorage, one of the cars turns into the only moving dance floor in Alaska with people dancing to their favorite polka tunes. Be ready for a lot of chicken dancing.
- Ski Train info: http://www.anchoragenordicski.com/ski_train.html
- Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage website: http://www.anchoragenordicski.com/index.html
- Tickets for the ski train typically go on sale on Oct. 1 each year. NSAA members get first dibs on tickets. On Nov. 1, tickets go on sale to the general public. The ski train sells out every year, so get tickets early.