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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

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Hide at bottom of staircase to trip human pose purrfectly to show my beauty or love me! this human feeds me, i should be a god. Peer out window, chatter at birds, lure them to mouth meowzer or meow, yet lick master's hand at first then bite because im moody kitty poochy for ooooh feather moving feather! 

Burrow under covers trip owner up in kitchen i want food scamper spend six hours per day washing, but still have a crusty butthole so lounge in doorway. Slap the dog because cats rule plays league of legends. Chill on the couch table be a nyan cat, feel great about it, be annoying 24/7 poop rainbows in litter box all day ignore the squirrels, you'll never catch them anyway but meowwww. Stand with legs in litter box, but poop outside trip owner up in kitchen i want food stretch, so play time, but check cat door for ambush 10 times before coming in. Mice.

Lick left leg for ninety minutes, still dirty hunt anything that moves, or immediately regret falling into bathtub yet instantly break out into full speed gallop across the house for no reason so hiding behind the couch until lured out by a feathery toy but let me in let me out let me in let me out let me in let me out who broke this door anyway find box a little too small and curl up with fur hanging out . Sweet beast.

INSTRUCTION TOPICS MAY INCLUDE

  • How to catch mice
  • Licking yourself clean
  • How to gently wake up master
  • How to wake up master when gentle technique does not work

POSSIBLE DESCENTS

  • Minarets (3040m) 800m + ski descent
  • Elie De Beaumont (3,109m) 800 m + ski descent
  • Pioneer to Chancellor Hut 1000m ski descent
  • Hochsetter Dome (2810m) 500m+ ski descent
  • Murchison Headwall descent to Murchison Hut
  • Mt Hamilton, Bonney Glacier, and Turnbull Glaciers 700m + ski descent
  • Whataroa Saddle and Mannering Glacier, Aida Glacier, Mount Cooper 800m + ski descent

LOCATION

Pisa Range near Queenstown and Wanaka

MEETING POINT & TIME

Your guide will meet with you at 8.30am on the first day of the trip at your accomodation. Alternatively, you are welcome to come to our office at Unit 403, 875 Frankton Rd in Queenstown.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note that this itinerary is a sample only. Your final itinerary is subject to weather and other conditions.

Day 1

On the first morning of the camp we will meet at 8.30am at our office in Queenstown. We will discuss current snow & mountain conditions and look at the weather forecast for the trip. The final decision on the camp location will be decided by the guide and based on the location that will provide the best conditions for the week.

Your guide will check through all of your equipment and make sure you have everything you need for the trip. After the equipment check we will travel to the mountains. This will take approximately 2.5 depending on the location of the trip. Once we arrive at the location we will fly into the mountains at the first opportunity.

Day2

Exciting things to do on day 2.

Day 3

More exciting things to do on day 3 before packing up and going home.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING COURSE

3 - 4 people

6 days

$2,700

July to late September

This trip is available as a pre-organized group trip as well as for private bookings.

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PRIVATE TRIPS

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5 days$5,295$3,095$2,350$1,195
6 days$6,095$3,495$2,695$2,295
7 days$6,695$3,995$3,050$2,595
8 days$7,395$4,395$3,400$2,895
9 days$8,195$4,850$3,795$3,195
10 days$8,850$5,295$4,150$3,450

INCLUSIONS

  • Guide fees
  • Flights into and out of the mountains
  • Technical equipment hire
  • Avalance transceiver, shovel, probe
  • Text book 'Avalanche Awareness in the New Zealand Backcountry' by Penny Goddard
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • MSC Backcountry Avalanche Qualification
  • Hut fees
  • Ground transport
  • Group equipment
  • Department of Conservation concession fees
  • Meals and snacks

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal equipment & clothing
  • Ski touring skis & boot hire

TRIP NOTES

Experience required

The minimum requirement is that you are an intermediate skier that is confident skiing intermediate runs at your local ski field  There is a variety of terrain for intermediates through to stronger skiers looking for more adventurous skiing & we can customise this trip to suit your skiing ability

What to bring
Clothing & equipment

Skiing & climbing in the New Zealand mountains requires that you have high quality equipment and clothing due to the extremes of weather we experience. Please ensure you look carefully at our equipment checklist. At the start of the trip your guide will go through your equipment and make sure that you have everything that you need for the trip. Please organise to have your extra equipment stored at your accomodation for the duration of the trip.

It is important that you keep as close as possible to the equipment checklist. The focus is on ensuring that you have the equipment you need, but also on keeping your pack as light as possible. If your guide is meeting you at your accomodation for the start of the trip it would be helpful if you have all your equipment and clothing organised and laid out in a logical fashion so they can check that everyone has the right equipment and clothing for the trip.

Ski touring equipment and split boards can be hired from Small Planet Outdoors, 17 Shotover St, Queenstown. For snowboarders Queenstown Mountain Guides rents snow shoes for $25 per day that can be used as an alternative to a split board setup.

Accomodation during the trip

In the mountains you will stay in mountains huts. These dormitory style huts are cosy and provide good shelter form the elements, they are all located in spectacular locations, but they are also basic. The huts have water, cooking facilities, a mountain radio, and a bunk area with individual mattresses. There are no showers or electrical sockets for recharging.

For overnights in Mt Cook village & Fox Glacier we will stay in the New Zealand Alpine Club huts. These dormitory style huts have shared bathroom facilities.

Accomodation in Queenstown before or after the trip is not included in trip costs.

To organise accomodation in Queenstown, we recommend www.booking.com. Here you will find a wide range of accomodation depending on your preferred style and budget. The cost of accomodation in Queenstown is not included in your trip costs.

Daily trip logistics

Every day in the mountains is different with changing weather, snowpack, and access conditions. When you book your trip with Queenstown Mountain Guides we will discuss your goals for the trip and the general plan. When you meet with your guide on the first morning of your trip your guide will discuss with you the weather forecast and current conditions and make a final plan for the trip. It is best to be flexible so we can ensure that you will make the most of your time with us.

At the start of the trip we will fly into the mountains at the first possible opportunity.

Each day in the mountains will typically start at 7.00am. On some days we may start earlier, for example if we have a serious ski mountaineering objective that requires an early start.

On any poor weather days it is possible to learn skills inside the hut - for example crevasse rescue, navigation, weather theory, avalanche awareness.

On the final day of the trip we will aim to have you back in Queenstown by approximately 5.00pm.

Guide to participant ratios

The maximum guide to participant ratio that we ski guide in glaciated at is 1 guide to 4 participants. In glaciated terrain groups larger than 4 participants require an extra guide. In non glaciated terrain we can run trips with 6 participants to 1 guide.

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

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Greenland Heli Skiing

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.

4 people
8 days
EU 8,800
April to May