BASE CAMP WEEK
Alaskan wilderness ski exploration.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is home to some of the biggest and most remote skiing terrain in the world. With 13 million acres comprised of three entire mountain ranges, it is a land of never-ending ski touring and ski mountaineering possibilities – only accessible by ski plane. On this 8 day expedition we establish a base camp deep in the range that serves as a launching point for exploration in all directions.
We fly into the range from Chitna, AK with legendary pilot Paul Claus of Ultima Thule Lodge. From our base camp we set off on full day tours with light packs, returning to the comforts of camp at the end of each day. Living in the heart of this kingdom, we become intimately familiar with the surrounding terrain — arcing turns on long wide open glaciers, ascending aesthetic ridge lines, booting up couloirs, high fiving on summits, and enjoying powder skiing in its many forms.
April offers some of the best weather and skiing conditions in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, with long high pressure systems and cold, snow-preserving temperatures.
Morning hotel pickup in Anchorage. It's about a four hour drive to the town of Chitna, Alaska. From here we fly into the range, establishing our base camp close to where we land.
Companion rescue/mountain skills review, ski tour.
Full days of ski touring in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, exploring different directions from our camp.
Fly back to Chitna, return to Anchorage. Outbound flights from Anchorage should be scheduled no earlier than 8pm.
2 guides + cook
May 8-15, 2021
Custom weeks are available for private groups. Inquire for additional info.
8 days in the mountains
6 days of guided skiing
Ski plane flights
Breakfasts and dinners in the mountains
Transportation between Anchorage and Chitna
Flights to/from Anchorage
Lodging in Anchorage
Lunch food and adult beverages
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.
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.