Saint Elias Mountains
People per Guide
Type of Trip
If you are looking for a ski mountaineering trip in a stunning and remote destination, this is the trip for you! Join me on this exclusive 7-day heli-assisted ski mountaineering adventure, based in the Cathedral Glacier basecamp, and explore great high ski peaks in this untouched area in South Western Yukon.
The Cathedral Glacier is located in the Kluane National Park, in a remote corner of the Saint Elias Mountains. Our main goal during these days is ascending high elevation mountains, while we ski with a light day pack from the Cathedral Glacier basecamp, located at 3200m.
During these days, we will make ski mountaineering attempts to Mount Hubbard (4557 m), Mount Alverstone (4419m) and Mount Kennedy (4250m). It is also possible to attempt many other smaller mountains. We will design the itinerary considering the avalanche and weather conditions.
This is an advanced level ski mountaineering trip . You need to be able to ski at altitude different type of snow, in terrain up to 45 degrees. Also, you need to have previous ski mountaineering experience in similar conditions and with ski and boot crampons, roped travel and ice axe.
The day before the adventure starts we will meet in Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon. Next day, we will drive to Haines Junction and a helicopter will take us to the Cathedral Glacier. We will set up our camp and explore the options to access different peaks. From Day 2 to Day 7, we will do many day trips to various mountains and glaciers. You can see the day-by-day itinerary below.
You will discover an area that offers amazing ski mountaineering and glacier terrain together with many incredible high peaks. So what are you waiting for? Send me a request, book your trip and come explore this spectacular ski mountaineering area in Yukon!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Group equipment
- Heliski drop(s)
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
We will meet at 4pm in Whitehorse Yukon. We will go over last minute changes (weather and avalanche conditions) and logistic for the following days. We will also sign a liability waiver and possibly do an avalanche beacon exercise
Flying to Cathedral Glacier
We will drive to Haines Junction. From there, at 7:00 am a helicopter will take us to the Cathedral Glacier in Kluane National Park. We will set up camp and explore the access to the various peak options.
Day 2 to 7:
During these days, we will do various day ski tours from our basecamp location. We will ski various glaciers and attempt Mount Kennedy (4250m), Mount Alverstone (4419m) & Mount Hubbard (4557m)
Flying back to Haines Junction
On the last day, we will be back in camp at 4pm in time for our flight back to Haines Junction.
The weather in the St-Elias Mountains can be very difficult to predict. Spring daily temperatures could rise to above freezing. Overnight temperatures will often dip below -20C.
Visibility may be poor or whiteout conditions when snowing heavily or clear on bluebird days. Ensure you are dressed and equipped for all variations as temperatures, wind and precipitation can change rapidly.
About the Guide
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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