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Wilderness Ski Week 2013 Trip Report

Good, stable, safe conditions and a great crew made for a memorable Second Annual Wilderness Ski Week with Andrew McLean based at Ultima Thule Lodge. Here’s the report from guides Eli Potter and Tyler Reid.     The concept with Wilderness Ski Week is to bring together some of the... | Read more →

Wilderness Ski Week Photo Recap

For one week in April 2012, five skiers from throughout the Lower 48 descended on Alaska’s Wild Alpine and Ultima Thule Lodge to ski with some of the greats in wilderness skiing and mountaineering legend – Andrew McLean, Paul Claus, Reudi Homberger. We were graced with wall-to-wall bluebird every... | Read more →

Andrew McLean’s Wilderness Ski Week Video

One of the things we love about Andrew McLean is his ability to seamlessly join good design with the sport of ski mountaineering. Here, he shows off his knack for capturing great footage on a wilderness tour and thoughtfully narrates the adventure. | Read more →

Andrew McLean’s Wilderness Ski Week Gear List

Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate clothing and ski/splitboard gear. This packing list will help to ensure you have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing. The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality waterproof gear is... | Read more →

SMG0412 Dispatch: Plane-Assisted Skiing at Ultima Thule Lodge

Yesterday, AMGA/UAIGM Guide Howie Schwartz and two guests – Louise and Taylor – headed to Ultima Thule Lodge for two days of plane-assisted wilderness ski touring in big mountain style. This weekend they’ll head deeper into the Kingdom for six nights of winter camping as they traverse glaciers and... | Read more →

WSW2012: One for the Records!

Andrew McLean’s Wilderness Ski Week went off without a hitch! Phenomenal weather, perfect snow conditions, talented guests and delicious, hearty meals prepared by the one and only Donna Claus blended in harmony making WSW2012 a trip of a lifetime. Stay tuned … 2013 dates will be announced soon; you... | Read more →

Moving Back to the Wrangells

This week marks the beginning of Wild Alpine’s move back to the Wrangell Mountains for spring, summer, and fall guiding seasons. Eli is there – in McCarthy – as this post goes live; he’s got a busy few days of assessing conditions (aka ski touring), shoveling roofs, moving vehicles... | Read more →