Ptarmigan Peak is located in Anchorage's front range and is easily visible from town. Its north face, which features a prominent couloir, is a popular venue for steep alpine mixed lines.
Park at Glen Alps trailhead and ski down Powerline Pass to the base of the couloir on Ptarmigan (1.5-2 hours).
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Ski Tracks WI3+ M3-4 Steep Snow Mixed, Ice, Snow, Alpine, 2000 feet, Grade III
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Ski Tracks WI3+ M3-4 Steep Snow AK : Anchorage & South Central A... : Ptarmigan Peak
Ski Tracks is one of the only routes on Ptarmigan that is not immensely technical. That being said, it is still difficult. There is considerable route finding, avalanche danger and challenging mixed terrain to fight through during a short Alaskan winter day.Start at a small alcove to climb directly up past a few pins on moderate mixed. Traverse right for several hundred feet, finding occasional fixed gear. The traversing ramp widens to a small snow bowl and continues an upward traverse to an obv...[more] Browse More Classics in AK