Nordica Pro Rider Caroline Gleich Skis Alaska
On assignment for Patagonia in Spring 2014, pro rider Caroline Gleich packed her tent and her Nordica La Niña skis and travelled to Alaska’s Tordrillos Mountains.
Dropped by a plane on a vast, icy-cold glacier for two weeks of climbing and skiing, Gleich says it was her first long experience winter camping, and the memories will be with her always. “The first evening there was a lunar eclipse so we stayed awake until 3 a.m. It was so stunning out on the glacier—the moon was really red!”
Indeed, the skier was awestruck by the Alaskan landscape. “Alaskan glaciers are huge,” she says, “with volcanoes, flat basins, massive peaks that rise right out of the glaciers, and crevasses—lots and lots of crevasses.”
Gleich and the team of athletes and photographers spent their days in Alaska climbing and skiing.
“WE NEEDED TO GET UP EVERY MORNING BEFORE FIRST LIGHT. WE’D PUT ON OUR FROZEN SKI BOOTS, THEN GO OUT ON THE GLACIER AND GET CLIMBING. WE’D SKI FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS, SHOOT PHOTOS, THEN HEAD BACK TO CAMP FOR A BIG BREAKFAST.”
The most challenging aspect of her adventure, Gleich says, was tackling the terrain. “Those crevasses are tricky to navigate. During the trip, I skied carefully and was conservative about which lines I’d choose. We were a long way from help up there on that glacier.”
As for the performance of her Nordica La Niñas: “It is the perfect ski for Alaskan powder,” says Gleich. “It’s playful, yet a really bomber ski on steeps.”
For photos and more info on Caroline Gleich’s trip to Alaska, see carolinegleich.com