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Matt Edwards, Angela Bueckert, Expedition Engineering
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  • Join an 8-day skiing expedition in one of the remotest areas on earth—Greenland. ACMG guides will join you on this trip and they’ll take care: the accommodation, the food, and the heli taking you to new spots every day. All that’s left to do is enjoy supreme backcountry skiing on Greenland’s quiet slopes, only accessible by sea or heli. Apart from fantastic skiing, you’ll also get to enjoy spectacular views from the heli and the peaks.

    • Meet your guides and your team at the domestic airport in Reykjavik an hour and a half before your flight to Greenland. You will take a mid-morning flight to Kulusuk, Grenland. Upon arrival you will board a helicopter and shuttle to Tasiilaq. Settle into the Angmagssalik Hotel, complete a helicopter briefing and an avalanche safety training. Once you’re done with that, go skiing in the evening and get a good night’s rest.

      Meals: Dinner
      Accommodation: Angmagssalik Hotel

      View of mountains in Greenland
    • Have a hearty breakfast at your hotel and get ready for your first full day of heli skiing in Greenland! Today you will ease into the area with great runs at your disposal and close to Tasiilaq. Lunch and dinner are also included while you’re in Greenland.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Angmagssalik Hotel

      Bird view of a skier in Greenland
    • Today you will explore the northern reaches of the mountain range. You will fly over Sermilik Fjord and marvel at the vast icebergs and tidewater glaciers beneath you. Rugged mountain peaks and incredible glacier runs will have you skiing from peak to sea!

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Angmagssalik Hotel

      Group of skiers going downhill in Greenland
    • These two days are dedicated to exploring south-eastern ranges of the area. You will “island hop” in the helicopter, and you will get panoramic ocean views while skiing glaciers and couloirs!

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Angmagssalik Hotel

      Three skiers going downhill in Greenland
    • Weather permitting, head north to an area featuring huge terrain, stunning peaks, and loads of ski terrain—some of which has never been skied. Enjoy incredible views of Sermilik Fjord and the Greenland Icecap in the distance.

      Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      Accommodation: Angmagssalik Hotel

      Greenland icy landscapes
    • In the morning, you will ski your way to the airport and fly to Kulusuk and catch your flight to Iceland. If you’d like to stay longer in Greenland or in Iceland, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

      Meals: Breakfast

      Greenland settlement in snow
    • What you get on this adventure:

        • Experienced, certified ski guides with extensive knowledge of the area
        • 8-day Greenland backcountry skiing adventure
        • 10.5 hours of heli flight time (it’s normal to use 2-2.5 hours of flight time per day)
        • Accommodation in Tasiilaq
        • All meals while in Tasiilaq
        • Round-trip helicopter transfer from Kusuluk to Tasiilaq
        • Air bag, transceiver, probe, shovel

      What’s not included:

        • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
        • Accommodation in Reykjavik
        • Transfer between domestic and international terminal in Reykjavik
        • Flights to and from Kulusuk
        • Flights to and from Reykjavik
        • Alcoholic beverages
        • Personal travel and cancellation insurance
        • Guide gratuities — optional
    • In order to fully enjoy this Greenland backcountry skiing experience, skiers should be on an advanced level. You should be able to ski down black diamond runs comfortably and ski at least 5 runs of 1,200 m (3,940 ft) each. Skiers are expected to have an adventurous spirit and recognize that the weather will greatly influence what we can and can’t do.

    • This Greenland backcountry skiing tour is reserved for advanced skiers. If you’re just getting into the magic of off-piste skiing, consider taking some beginner lessons.

    • Greenland is a land of very mixed weather. Usually the spring brings higher pressure and settled weather, but be prepared for everything: from calm and sunny days to blizzard conditions and lots of snow. The average temperature is -5°C (23°F) during April, but it can get a lot lower.

      Normally, the skiing is very good. Again, the conditions can be highly variable and you could be skiing powder, corn snow and everything in between. But there’s always different terrain to use and you will almost always find some great skiing. There’s everything from mellow glacier runs to steep couloir skiing. Deep powder skiing is possible until the end of March and often beyond, late spring has corn snow, but you can still hunt down stashes of powder up high on north-facing slopes. The coastal snowpack here is deep and typically well-settled with good stability.

      Regarding avalanche risk, it’s normally not high. Being a coastal snowpack with mild temperatures, most instabilities settle out quickly.

      On down days (which average about one day per week, the same as most heli ski destinations) your guides will organize traditional dog sledding or fishing excursions with Greenlandic guides. These can often be as exciting as the skiing!

    • You’ll be based in Angmagssalik Hotel, East Greenland’s most established hotel, ideally situated in a spot overlooking the town, the King Oscar’s Bay, the icebergs, and the rugged mountains. All rooms are clean, simple, and elegant, they have ensuite bathrooms, satellite TV, and are individually heated. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

      Meals are hearty with big portions to look after your high caloric intake needs. For breakfast you have a choice between eggs, granola, oatmeal, and pancakes. Lunches are eaten on-the-go and include sandwich-type meats and cheeses. Dinner is a delicious fusion of East Greenlandic delicacies and Western cuisine.

      There is both internet and call service in Tasiilaq. Both can be quite slow at certain times of the day, but they do have service. You can charge your devices at the hotel, where the outlets are round 2 prong European-style outlets.

    • Clothing list

        • Wool or synthetic socks and liner socks
        • Long underwear top — synthetic or wool
        • Light fleece or wool sweater
        • Wind shell — nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type jacket
        • Waterproof breathable jacket
        • Warm insulated jacket — down or synthetic
        • Long underwear bottoms — synthetic or wool
        • Multipurpose stretch nylon or ‘Schoeller’ type pants
        • Waterproof breathable pants
        • Warm hat — wool or synthetic
        • Brimmed cap for sun protection
        • Face warmer — scarf, neck tube or balaclava (optional)
        • Light gloves — wool, synthetic or leather
        • Insulated gloves or mitts with waterproof outer shell
        • Spare gloves or mitts

      Gear

        • Ski helmet
        • Skis or split board
        • Lightweight, touring bindings (Dynafit or ATK are best)
        • Ski strap
        • Ski or snowboard boots and ski crampons
        • Poles
        • Climbing skins
        • Skin wax (or a candle)
        • Binding repair kit to fix your personal travel setup

      Personal Equipment

        • Daypack large enough to carry things you might need throughout the day
        • Sunglasses
        • Goggles
        • Sunscreen and lip cream (SPF 30+)
        • Head lamp with good batteries
        • Insulated water bottle or thermos (1-2 L)
        • Personal blister kit (i.e: Leukotape-P and Compeed/Second Skin blister pads)
        • Personal medication
        • Pocket knife — optional
        • Camera — optional

      If you have any questions regarding the equipment list, feel free to contact us prior to booking.

    • We strongly recommend bringing your own equipment. There is nothing to rent in Greenland and the equipment in Iceland is sparse so it would be best to bring everything you need from home.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • For this Greenland backcountry skiing adventure, the client-to-guide ratio is 4:1. There will be a maximum of 8 guests on this trip and accordingly 2 helicopters.
        • The cost is per person and doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

      Greenland backcountry skiing can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

      If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to your Greenland backcountry skiing adventure, first you have to fly into Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport (KEF). You’ll then have to travel to Reykjavik’s domestic airport, which is one hour away. This is where you will meet your guides and your team for a mid-morning flight to Kulusuk, Greenland. Make sure to arrive in Reykjavik on time, preferably at least a day prior to your Greenland flight, and arrange accommodations accordingly.

      Once you land in Greenland, transportation there is included in the price of the tour. Upon arrival in Kulusuk, you will board a helicopter and fly to Tasiilaq, which will be your base for the trip.

    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Greenland, please refer to Greenland’s visiting advice.
      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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