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TEBAY LODGE

Deep in the the Wrangells.

Fly by hThe newly built Tebay Lodge sits on a chain of lakes in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, surrounded by 13 million acres of true wilderness. This is possibly the best opportunity for lodge-based ski touring in all of Alaska. With 5000 vertical feet of relief out the back door, additional access to drainages along the lake via snowmobile, and the ultimate access to high alpine glaciers via Super Cub (ski plane), Tebay will redefine your perceptions of space and time. This terrain is big, wild, and remote.

Deep in the Wrangells.

Tebay Lodge sits on a chain of lakes in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, surrounded by 13 million acres of true wilderness. These mountains are big, wild, and remote. This is possibly the best opportunity for lodge-based ski touring in all of Alaska — with access right out the back door to 5000 vertical feet of relief. Each day we have the option of ski touring right from the lodge, or the ultimate — ski plane accessed ski touring.

TRIP OVERVIEW  //  TERRAIN  //  THE LODGE  // ITINERARY  //  DETAILS

 
Trip Overview

Getting there

The trip begins with a morning hotel pickup in Anchorage on day one. From here it is a scenic 4.5 hour drive to the tiny rural town of Chitna, Alaska, situated on the banks of the mighty Copper River. Here we meet the pilots and the planes, and load up for a spectacular 15 minute flight into the lodge. Arriving in mid-afternoon, there is time to look around and settle in, followed by an orientation and welcome dinner.

A TYPICAL DAY in the WRANGELLS

Each morning, the guides and pilots plan options based on the weather and snow conditions, discussing these with the team over breakfast. On a given day, we might load up the Super Cub ski planes, and fly to a high alpine glacier paradise, adventure skiing in a spectacular wilderness setting. Or we might choose to tour from the lodge, exploring one of the numerous valleys that drain into Tebay Lake. After a full day out in these dramatic mountains, we head back to the comforts of the lodge for après-ski relaxation.

the Season

The prime ski season for the Wrangells is mid-March through the end of April. This time of year is known for sunny days, cold temps, and high pressure. This is also when the best balance tends to exist between great snow conditions, good stability, and extended daylight hours — opening the doors for exploration.

TERRAIN

the Setting

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the size of Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Switzerland combined. In the Wrangells, we have access to more terrain than any ski operation in North America. Tebay Lodge sits within the park on the banks of a 7 mile long chain of lakes, the Tebay Lakes, in the Eastern Chugach Mountains. The lodge elevation is only 1800', however altitude takes on a new meaning in Alaska, where you can literally ski to the ocean. Peaks in the vicinity rise to 7000', with higher peaks a short flight away. "Low altitude oxygen, high altitude terrain".

 

the Skiing

The terrain here is inspiring. The sheer magnitude and scale is difficult to put into words. High alpine glaciers. Perfect ski peaks. Steep ramps. Beautiful ridgelines. Aesthetic couloirs. Slot canyon drainages. Featured moraines. Classic ski traverses...

Alaska is known for steep skiing, and when conditions allow, the Wrangells have amazing steep skiing opportunities. This is not our sole focus at Tebay however, as there are so many other incredible ski touring experiences to be had in these mountains. We approach the terrain here with open minds and high a degree of respect. One of the best features of Tebay is low light terrain options behind the lodge. When the weather is not flyable, there's still plenty of great touring to be had right out the back door.

 
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the lodge

Built to a beautiful rustic modern standard, Tebay's guest accommodations are comprised of the main lodge, two warm and cozy yurts, and a beautifully renovated original hunting cabin. The wood fired hot tub is stoked and ready for when you get back from a big day of ski touring. The state of the art sauna provides theraputic relaxation and an excellent shower. Bathrooms consist of washrooms in the main lodge and sauna, and simple but nicely kept outhouse buildings. Considering how remote Tebay is, and the fact that everything has to be flown in, the quality of life at the lodge is high.

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Itinerary

standard week: 7 days

DAY 1: Morning hotel pickup in Anchorage. It's about a four hour drive to the town of Chitna, Alaska. From here we load up the planes for a 15 minute flight into the lodge. Get settled in, dinner and welcome orientation.

DAY 2: Brief companion rescue/mountain skills review, full day ski tour behind the lodge.

DAYS 3-6: Full days of ski touring in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, utilizing the ski planes on three of these days.

DAY 7: Morning flight back to Chitna, return to Anchorage. Outbound flights from Anchorage should be scheduled no earlier than 8pm on this evening.

5 day program

Same as standard week, but with three days of skiing (with one ski plane day included), and a return to Anchorage on DAY 5.

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In partnership with
Ultima Thule Outfitters

The Tebay Lodge Ski Week is offered in partnership with our friends at Ultima Thule Outfitters. Legendary mountain pilot Paul Claus has been called "King of the Bush Pilots" by Outside Magazine, and the Claus family runs Ultima Thule Lodge, Tebay's parent lodge, in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Son Jay Claus carries on the tradition as our host at Tebay. Jay is a pilot, skier, climber, and craftsman — Jay built Tebay Lodge by hand with the help of a few friends; true Alaskan ingenuity. Learn more at ultimathulelodge.com.

Details

Qualifications

We welcome skiers from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and experience levels. For the safety and success of the group, as well as your own enjoyment, it is important that you come to the Wrangells physically and mentally prepared for adventure skiing in a big mountain environment:

  • You should be an advanced skier, comfortable on black diamond terrain, in a wide range of off-piste snow conditions​.

  • Excellent physical fitness is required. A typical day of touring at Tebay Lodge involves 4000-5000+ vertical feet of ascent, mostly in the form of skinning, often with additional total descent on ski plane days.

  • You should have previous backcountry skiing experience. It is important that you are comfortable with your gear, transitions, and ski touring skills like uphill kick turns and using ski crampons.

standard 7 day cost includes:

  • Van transfers between Anchorage and Chitna

  • Round trip flights to/from the lodge from Chitna

  • 6 nights at the lodge in bunkroom style accommodations

  • 5 days of guided skiing, including 3 ski plane accessed days**

  • All meals at the lodge

5 day cost includes:

  • Van transfers between Anchorage and Chitna

  • Round trip flights to/from the lodge from Chitna

  • 4 nights at the lodge in bunkroom style accommodations

  • 3 days of guided skiing, including 1 ski plane accessed day**

  • All meals at the lodge

not included:

  • Flights to/from Anchorage

  • Lodging in Anchorage

  • Additional ski plane days are available for $250-$300 per person per day with group consensus (cost depends on flight distance)

  • Personal equipment

  • Adult beverages

**No-fly policy: On rare occasions, weather conditions may prevent being able to fly on one or multiple of the included ski plane days. Should this happen, a credit will be provided at the rate of $250 per day.

payment info:
A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. Final payment is due 60 days prior to the start of the trip. For registration within 60 days of the trip, full payment is due at signup. Payments are subject to our Program Policies.

arrival/departure

Fly into Anchorage Int'l Airport. We recommend arriving one day prior to the start of the trip. There are numerous hotels in close proximity the airport.

pretrip info

DATES

March 19-25, 2020

March 27-Apr 2, 2020

April 4-10, 2020 FULL

April 12-18, 2020 FULL
April 20-24, 2020* FULL

April 26-May 2, 2020 FULL

WOMEN'S WEEK

April 20-24, 2020* FULL

7 DAY COST

$4500

5 DAY COST

$2950

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"The trip left me almost speechless. It exceeded my expectations and everything I have experienced so far by a factor of 1000 on all dimensions - whether it be the expansive, endless and breathtaking beauty of the Wrangells, the quality of the runs, the orchestration and flow of our touring days, the communication with and from the guides, pilots, staff... It was truly a trip of a lifetime!"

— Wolf R.

 

"Outstanding in every respect. Pacific Alpine Guides couples an intimate, small group backcountry skiing experience with the professionalism of a much larger company. Our week in Tebay pegged the needle on the adventure meter!"

— Art M.