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VIDEO: Climbing up, skiing down Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias mountains

Andrew McLean is considered one of the country's finest ski mountaineers, a term he prefers to "extreme skier" because he climbs up mountains and then skis down them. He lives in Utah and skis the Wasatch mountains daily, but one of his favorite places is Alaska's Wrangell and St. Elias ranges.

"The cool thing about skiing in the Wrangells is that you just get everything," says McLean. "You've got some of the highest peaks in North America. It's got huge ski descents. You've got glaciers, steeps, powder, flats, just about everything you could look for."

McLean calls his video Skiing Solidarity Peak. He has skied the Wrangell and St. Elias ranges a half-dozen times "and on one of those trips, I skied a region so stacked with massive slot-like couloirs we named it 'The Slotterhouse,'" McLean told Powder Magazine in its October issue.