Polar Immersion: The Ski “Cruise” – 2011 Antarctica Ski Expedition with Ice Axe Expeditions
As one of the best last ski frontiers on our planet, Antarctica is a remote ski destination. Slowly exiting the Beagle channel on November 9th, it took us two days to cross the infamous Drake Passage to reach shelter within the South Shetland islands, a chain that buffers the Antarctic Peninsula from the big seas. The islands also offer a first glimpse at some of the spectacular and easily accessible ski terrain.
We arrived to a place with no one else, with endless first descents and up to 9,000-foot peaks straight up from the ocean. This is a backcountry skier’s dream realm, but it also comes with some harsh realities. Antarctica is a moving target.
With endless route possibilities, Antarctica also puts forth challenging obstacles that have to be carefully navigated such as abrupt weather changes, tricky small boat “zodiac” landings, pack ice movement that can trap a ship, lurking crevasses in the glacier, and other objective hazards.
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