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ANTARCTICA SKI TOURING CRUISE
13 Days | 12 Nights
From price based on twin share lower deck twin cabin plus backcountry skiing.
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From price based on twin share lower deck twin cabin plus backcountry skiing.
USD 9,995
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Backcountry skiing in Antarctica is ideal for those who’ve ticked off lots of adventure skiing destinations on their bucket list, and are looking for the ultimate trip that’s even more unique, remote, and off the Richter scale for being way cool.
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Inclusions
  • Stay on polar explorer ship, gourmet meals
  • Cross the Drake Passage to Antarctic Peninsula
  • 5 days guided ski/snowboard touring (1:4 guide:guest ratio)
  • Scenic cruising & wildlife spotting from zodiacs
  • Presentations by expedition team re wildlife etc
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Location: | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Oct 28 - Nov 09, 2017
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USD 9,995
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This 13 day tour to go backcountry skiing in Antarctica as part of an Antarctic Peninsula Adventure Cruise will provide the epitome of bragging rights! Your friends might have been heli skiing in Canada and/or skied 6 continents but what about the white continent? Snowboarding or skiing in Antarctica via a cruise ship is probably the coolest trip you’ll ever go on!

See our skiing in Antarctica page for an overview of why you’d want to take this absolute trip of a lifetime. Powder skiing probably shouldn’t be your number one priority, but visiting this pristine wilderness, exploring the many coves of the Antarctic Peninsula, viewing the wildlife, and gaping at the amazing views, make this an absolutely epic adventure.

Activities during the day may be rather adventurous but thankfully you won’t have to rough it in tents, as you’ll be able to retreat back to the luxury of the ship at the end of the day (and possibly for lunch) where you’ll be served up gourmet cuisine.

Antarctica Skiing and Snowboarding

The ship will travel to different coves and islands each day. You’ll have to leave the comfort of the ship and via zodiac head to the shore, where getting up onto the slopes is half the adventure.

With your guide, you’ll explore the many amazing mountains and glaciers of this intriguing continent. The pitch of the slopes varies significantly as does the degree of glaciation and the vertical covered with each ascent. On most skinning climbs you’ll tie in.

Guest will be grouped according to their skiing/snowboarding goals, including the degree of difficulty on the descent and how technical the ascent may be. Some days you may go ski touring in the morning, return to the ship for lunch, and then go back out in the afternoon, whilst other days you may choose to spend the whole day out skiing.

See the Ski Antarctica page for more on the skiing and snowboarding.

Guiding

Each group has a maximum of 4 guests to one guide, and the guides are incredibly experienced and qualified. The guides are the crème de la crème of ski and snowboarding guides from around the world. The guides are coordinated by Ice Axe Expeditions, who have extensive experience in leading expeditions to remote and frozen parts of the world.

Travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula

The trip starts in Ushuaia (nicknamed the “end of the world”) in the Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Argentina. You can fly to Ushuaia via Buenos Aires – you can check flight options here. (NB the Buenos Aires international airport is Ministro Pistarini International Airport, EZE, and the domestic airport is Jorge Newbery, AEP. A taxi ride between the two airports may be required).

From Ushuaia the ship heads along the Beagle Channel, past Cape Horn and across the often treacherous Drake Passage (yes you might like to take along some sea sickness tablets!) to the Antarctic Peninsula.

Other Activities

The skiing and snowboarding is a fabulous adventure but it isn’t necessarily the only main event! Exploring the raw magnificence of the Antarctic Peninsula via the ship and zodiacs is a large part of the trip, and tutorials will cover the history, biology, geology and politics of Antarctica. The expedition crew also provide information on the wildlife including penguin colonies, bird life, seals, and killer whales. It will be a feast for your eyes but you’ll also hear glaciers calving. And if you really want a sensory overload, you can also do the polar plunge!

And if you have a travelling companion/s that doesn’t want to go backcountry skiing/snowboarding, other activity options are sea kayaking and snowshoe trekking.

Required Ability/Experience

Even though there may be celebrities and pro skiers and riders on the trip, you don’t have to be a pro yourself. However as an absolute minimum you need to be an advanced skier or snowboarder (black ungroomed runs) and have plenty of experience riding off-piste on a range of snow conditions (including challenging snow quality).

Previous ski touring/split boarding and crevasse rescue skills are advantageous but not essential.

Needless to say you’ll need to be very fit. There are no chair lifts or helicopters and you’ll need to earn your own turns.

A gear list will be provided which includes ski/snowboard touring gear, crampons and ice axe. Gear rentals are not provided.

Lodging

The Sea Adventurer is an ice-capable cruise ship (101m) that has received a couple of multi-million dollar renovations.

The luxury ship has a range of comfortable twin cabins from suites down to main deck with window or porthole, to lower deck with window or porthole cabins. All cabins have an ensuite bathroom and TV and DVD player.

The ship has a forward lounge and well stocked bar and a lovely window lined dining room. The three gourmet meals per day are chef prepared.

The ship also has a presentation room, exercise room, gift shop, library with polar books, and satellite communications with internet access (data usage charges apply).

Other services include laundry (charges apply) and a clinic with licensed doctor.
Day 1
Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina. Orientation with ski or trekking guide at glacier. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Ushuaia.

Day 2
Board the Sea Adventurer and set sail down the Beagle Channel.

Day 3-4
Cross the Drake Passage. Sperm, fin, and humpback whales, along with skies of seabirds will accompany the journey.

Day 5
Ski and trekking objectives at Neko Harbour. Zodiac cruises, penguin rookeries, hiking.

Day 6
Ski and trekking objectives at Anvers and Wenke Islands. Port Lockroy scientific base and museum. Visit gentoo and adelie penguin habitat.

Day 7
Ronge/Island/Mt. Britannia. Visit penguin rookery at Georges Point.

Day 8
Ski and trekking objectives in Paradise Bay. Zodiac excursions. Visit penguin rookery and Almirante Brown Station.

Day 9
Lemaire Channel/ Mt. Scott/ Mt. Demaria/Mt. Mill ski descents. Visit the Ukrainian Vernadsky scientific station. Killer whale and leopard seal sightings.

Day 10
New ski descents and nature cruises of Charlotte Bay; begin journey north in the evening.

Day 11-12
Sail Drake Passage; pass the dramatic cliffs of Cape Horn.

Day 13
Disembark the Sea Adventurer in Ushuaia, Argentina.

Flexibility is necessary for all Antarctic travel. This program is subject to change throughout the journey depending on ice, weather and local conditions.

Rates 2017

Ship

  • Lower Deck Twin: $8,995 per guest - SOLD OUT
  • Main Deck Twin (porthole): $10,995 per guest
  • Main Deck Twin (window): $11,165 per guest
  • Main Deck Twin Single: $18,690 per guest
  • Upper Deck Superior: $13,090 per guest
  • Upper Deck Deluxe: $14,180 per guest - SOLD OUT
  • Captain’s Deck Deluxe: $14,180 per guest
  • Suite Cabins: $16,490 per guest
  • Owner’s Suites: $18,690 per guest

Adventure Activity Options

  • $1,000 fee per guest for backcountry skiing
  • $1,000 fee per guest for sea kayaking
  • $500 fee per guest for snowshoe trekking

Rates Notes

  • Rates are in USD
  • Rates are for twin share accommodation. Ice Axe will do their best to accommodate all passengers traveling alone by finding the best roommate match possible. Some flexibility may be necessary. If IceAxe is unable to find a suitable roommate then you will be invoiced for a single supplement price.
  • Please inquire to discuss accommodations for children.

Included:

  • 1 night pre-expedition shared hotel accommodation in Ushuaia, Argentina. This room includes a continental breakfast.
  • Group dinner in Ushuaia.
  • Group transfers from the hotel to the ship on embarkation and from the ship to the airport on disembarkation and all miscellaneous service taxes and port charges.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on board the Sea Adventurer.
  • Guided skiing/snowboarding or trekking or sea kayaking.
  • Shore landings and Zodiac excursions as permitted by weather and local conditions.
  • Presentations by the expedition team and guest speakers.
  • Expedition certificate.
  • Photographic DVD chronicling the voyage.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information package
  • Loan of a pair of rubber expedition boots on loan for shore landings.

Not Included

  • Airfares to/from Ushuaia
  • Passport and visa expenses. Tourist entry fees may apply depending on your nationality.
  • Any government arrival and departure airport taxes.
  • Ski or trekking equipment.
  • Any meals ashore with the exception of breakfast at the host hotel and the welcome dinner on the evening prior to departure.
  • Baggage, cancellation and travel insurance (emergency medical and evacuation insurance is mandatory. Ice Axe can help you to arrange this insurance if you need assistance.) • Excess baggage charges.
  • Laundry, bar, beverage and other personal charges onboard the ship or at the hotel.
  • Telecommunications charges
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards, guides, and other service personnel.
  • Tips for guides and hospitality staff.
  • For those interested, there will be a Backcountry Skiing and Mountaineering in Antarctica Prep Course in Ushuaia. This program will be held on October 25th and 26th and will be available for $550. This is a ski mountaineering course tailored to skiing in Antarctica. Skills include ropework, travelling as a team, gear adjustments/tweaks and tips of the trade, kickturns, ski crampons, self arrest, knots, crevasse rescue, and much more.
Inclusions
  • Stay on polar explorer ship, gourmet meals
  • Cross the Drake Passage to Antarctic Peninsula
  • 5 days guided ski/snowboard touring (1:4 guide:guest ratio)
  • Scenic cruising & wildlife spotting from zodiacs
  • Presentations by expedition team re wildlife etc
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Conditions

  • A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your place. The final balance is payable 95 days prior to your departure date.
  • If any trip must be delayed due to bad weather, cancelled or delayed transportation, sickness or any other situation for which Ice Axe Expeditions cannot make provisions, all costs incurred during such delays must be borne by trip members.
  • All requests for cancellations must be received in writing. Cancellations received up to 150 days prior to departure are refunded less an administrative fee of $500 per person. If cancellation is received between 149 and 95 days prior to departure, the deposit is forfeited. Please note that for cancellations received within 94 days prior to departure, all deposits and tariffs are forfeited. If cancellation occurs within the 94-day period and full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and unpaid monies are due immediately. For these and other reasons mentioned below, you are strongly encouraged to obtain trip cancellation insurance.
  • Prices quoted are based on group participation and no refunds will be made for any part of the program in which you choose not to participate.