GREENLAND
HELI SKIING

Ski the wild terrain of West Greenland. An adventure of a lifetime!

Come ski the wild terrain of West Greenland with us. 2000 meter runs to the water’s edge in deep powder and corn snow. This is an adventure of a lifetime!

Based 60 km north of Maniitsoq, in the tiny village of Kangaamiut, we will live close to the local population and their daily routine. We rent houses from a few of the families, and gather together in the evening for our home cooked meal. We promise: this will be your ultimate heliskiing experience.

The terrain we ski around Kangaamiut offers everything from steep couloirs to long, flat glaciers. First descents are still possible in this area. Kangaamiut  is positioned to take advantage of hundreds of glacial runs dropping into 3 different fjords. Running 3 groups of 5 skiers (4 clients and a guide).

You can expect spring corn snow on the south exposures and powder on the north. The maritime nature of the snow pack and our timing for the spring means that most of the time avalanche hazard is not critical and it is possible to enjoy some steep skiing. Descents are up to 2000m vertical metres and many terminate at the sea’s edge.

LOCATION

Kangaamiut, West Greenland

ITINERARY

Day 1

Monday – Depart Copenhagaen at 9:00am. Arrive Maniitsoq early afternoon. From Maniitsoq travel to Kangaamuit via helicopter or boat if the weather restricts flying.

Day 2-6

Tuesday to Saturday – Heliskiing based from accomodation in Kangaamuit.

Day 7

Sunday – Travel back to Maniitsoq. Stay hotel in Maniitsoq.

Day 8

Monday – Travel Maniitsoq to Copenhagen.

GREENLAND HELI SKIING

4 people
8 days
EU 8,800
April to May

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 hours of helicopter time per group
  • Logistics, boats, transport from Maniitosoq to Kangaamuit return
  • Accomodation in Kangaamuit
  • 3 meals per day in Kangaamuit
  • Hotel in Maniitosoq on final night

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Travel to and from Maniitsoq
  • Alcoholic drinks

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

You need to be an advanced skier to enjoy this trip.

Clothing & equipment

Heli-skiing/ski touring skis. Ideally these have alpine touring bindings on them so you can enjoy ski touring on any down days that we cannot go heliskiing.

Avalanche transeiver, shovel probe.

A warm down jacket and Sorel winter boots are good gear for the cool Kangaamiut mornings. Expect temperatures around -1 at sea level, and colder as we gain hight. It can get very warm when the sun is out, and there is no wind. So it is a good idea to have enough layers to be cool enough to ski hard, but be able to put on a warm layer when waiting for the heli in the shade with the wind blowing. I wear a light weight short sleeve first layer, a second layer light weight long sleeve, and a light Gortex jacket. I keep a synthetic down jacket in my pack if things get cool. A visor is good to keep the sun off your head, and a warm hat to keep in warm. Sun-cream and lip balm is good.

Accomodation during the trip

We live close to the local population and their daily routine. We rent houses from a few of the families, and gather together in the evening for our home cooked meal. Regina, our hostess, whips up hearty meals including local fish and meats (halibut, musk ox and reindeer all feature on the menu). Regina also sells wine and beer (beware Greenlandic prices!).

There is also a small supermarket in the village where you can stock up on extra snacks or drinks for your houses. We do provide all meals including a picnic heliski lunch as part of the package.

The houses are warm and comfortable and most have stereo, dvd, as well as showers, drying and laundry facilities. Due to the extreme cold in the winter months and the bare granite nature of the island the toilet facilities use a bag system which is emptied and collected daily.

 

Daily trip logistics

Location

We are based 60 kilometers north of Maniitsoq, in the tiny village of Kangaamiut. Kangaamiut sits on a small island just south of the Arctic Circle. As we are here in mid-Spring, days are already long (18-20hours) and you will notice daylight increasing each day.

Getting There

The easiest transfer by far is via Copenhagen. From there it is a 4 and half hour Airbus flight to the International Airport at Kangerlussuaaq, followed by a short turbo-prop flight to Maniitsoq. We depart Copenhagen on the Monday morning (9am) and will be in Maniitsoq early afternoon. From Maniitsoq airport we either connect via helicopter to Kangaamuit (skiing our way north) or via boat if weather restricts flying. The following Monday, after a night in the hotel in Maniitsoq, we retrace our steps and arrive back in Copenhagen around 7pm.

We recommend you stay in the Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport the Sunday evening before and Monday evening after for its superb convenience.

Helicopters/Safety

Air Greenland supply AeroSpatiale Squirrel (aka A Star/Ecureil) AS350 B3 helicopters equipped for Arctic flying (HF radio, inflatable skids, survival bags). These are operated with four guests in the rear seat and the guide flying up front in a single seat. Pilots have both heliski and Arctic experience.

Each machine has sat phone and GPS. Flight following is via VHF radio to the Tower in Kangerlussuaaq and Air Greenland heli-base in Nuuk. There is emergency back up from another Squirrel operating to the south of us and if required a 19 seat Sikorsky is one and a half hours away in Nuuk.

All guides carry a sat phone.

Guide to participant ratios

1 guide can ski with 4 clients.

Man in green jacket standing in skis
Mountain hut
Digging into snow
Man skiing by rocky mountain