Aaron McLean was an infinitely passionate and talented backcountry skier. His enthusiasm for exploring mountains, his lifelong outdoor work with young people around the world, and a chance meeting with Robert Kingsland during a winter season in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, ultimately resulted in the creation of British Freeride. He hoped to provide a pathway for junior riders from the UK to access the backcountry, experience freeride competition and ultimately prepare them for competing on the world stage as he had done himself.
Aaron was unrelentingly positive, determined and supportive to others, and above all else valued the camaraderie that outdoor exploration encourages. It was these qualities that made him a uniquely inspiring instructor and coach. He was a fully certified British ski instructor and Mountain Leader.
Aaron died in an accident whilst coaching a talented group of young skiers in La Rosiere, France, in March 2016. The British Freeride team hope to honour his legacy by continuing to develop the opportunities for freeride and backcountry adventure in the UK.