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Prime Time For Arctic Heli Skiing

by Nick Baines April 14, 2019

The season’s not done yet and there’s still powder to be found out there in the northern hemisphere. As long as you know where to look…

By mid-April, most ski resorts and mountain ranges in the northern hemisphere have turned to slush and boast nothing but sun-soaked park sessions and heavy Apres ski vibes. The Sierra Nevadas in California sometimes enjoy a long spring season. The lifts in Mammoth stayed open until June last year.

But for the most part, high line descents and deep powder is off the agenda post March. That is unless you head north to the Arctic Circle. However, with a prime season running from February to June, arctic heli skiing is an option those in the know want to keep a secret.

Where to go

With operations heading into the far north of Iceland and deep into Greenland, this can be some of the most rugged, pristine natural environment to get lost in. Iceland alone offers around 1500 square miles of prime terrain that encompases every ability level. Whether you’re looking for couloirs and fingery spines, or expansive glaciers, you can ride right down to the shore line in many areas – straight up to the arctic seas.

While later in the season might not be the best time for deep powder, it’s certainly the right time to go for glorious, pervading sunsets and a jaw-droppingly unique landscape. It's a world away from your European and North American resorts.

Easier access than you think

Nuuk, the capital of Greenland sits on the western edge of the country and is within a stones throw of some truly exceptional terrain. For those that like to hike for their turns, a short sail through fjords can bring you to some truly iconic little stashes where you can rent a remote cabin and get back to basics.

Similarly, When heading out to Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, you can take an quick internal flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri (saving a five hour drive) and base yourself right on the northern coast of the country and in the heart of Iceland’s finest mountain range.

Heading out to ski in the arctic requires a little bit of hard work and dedication, but it’s an expedition-like adventure that’s different, rugged and beautifully dramatic.

 




Nick Baines
Nick Baines

Author

With an insatiable thirst for travel, Nick Baines is a journalist based on the UK’s south coast. With more than 20 years experience in snow sports, he’s contributed features to publications all over the world.



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