From the mid 1940's to 2008
the Alaska Railroad would run special passenger trains to
Grandview, between Portage and Moose Pass, most every year.
This special event was called the ski train. The Alaska
Railroad (ARR) arranged such ski trains in the early days.
Then in 1972 the Nordic Ski
Club of Anchorage, which would eventually become the Nordic
Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA), took over organization
of this event. Their last ski train to Grandview was in
2008. A Grandview ski train has not been run since 2008
due to Alaska Railroad budget tightening and the ARR not wanting
to take on risk related to avalanches any more. The NSAA
and the Alaska Railroad now run annual ski trains to Curry,
north of Talkeetna. There is little risk of avalanche in
the terrain that is skied at Curry.
Occasionally people still
ski at Grandview, either with snowmobile support or by long
distance crust skiing from Portage to the end of the Placer
River Valley and over the ridge into the Grandview Valley.