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 biggest and most remote skiing in the world, elite mountain pilots including Paul Claus, Jay Claus, Ben Gray, and Steve Davidson, ski mountaineering icon Andrew McLean and a team of guides at the top of their game. Ultima Thule Lodge, a destination in itself, serves as our base of operations.
The rest of our crew flew in on March 31st and we were psyched to report prime skiing conditions. Over the course of the next five days our group proved not only to be all around great people, but strong, motivated, and experienced backcountry skiers and splitboarders, of which we had two in our group.
Weather conditions were stellar with predominantly clear and sunny days, minimal wind, and temps ranging from touring in a baselayer to as cold as -15°F (touring in a down parka). We skied alpine glaciers, big faces, off of summits, 50°+ couloirs, and everything in between, with stats coming in at 26,920′ feet of ascent, and thanks to high landings and low pickups, 33,120′ of descent!
Want to see more fun photos? Visit our flickr photostream. Interested in joining us next year? The roster is already filling up, so get in touch for details and availability. Learn more here: Andrew McLean’s Wilderness Ski Week