You will arrive at the airport Longyearbyen. We will embark no earlier than 4:00pm, with associated safety and itinerary briefings. Departure from the pier usually occurs around 6:00pm.
Our excursion will begin in Isfjord, Ymerbukta, and other similar destinations. The midnight sun will be a constant feature, thanks to our northern location, and we will have a relatively wide spectrum of possible departure times. Each day of skiing culminates in a relaxing evening on the yacht with meals and incredible views.
Our final evening will return us to Longyearbyen, with a farewell dinner on the boat. The following morning, we will end our trip and head to the airport to return home.
|09/05/2020 to 16/05/2020|
Optional pre-sail ski touring: May 6-9, 2020.
Contact me upon booking to establish an exact meeting point.
We will be staying on the yacht for the duration of our program. For those participating in the additional pre-sail skiing trip, we will be staying three nights in a hotel / B & B in Longyearbyen.
Polar bears present hazards, so I will carry deterrents and firearms as a safety measure.
If you would like to participate in the pre-trip skiing portion based out of Longyearbyen, please let me know so I can plan accordingly.
The necessary items include, but are not limited to:
• Backpack (30-40 liters)
• Wool or synthetic socks, bottoms, and tops
• Base-layer tops and bottoms
• Waterproof shell (top and bottom)
• Insulated tops and bottoms (including warm hat)
• Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, lip balm, etc.)
• Two pair of gloves (light and insulated)
• Avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, and probe)
• Ski equipment (boots, skins, poles, skis, etc.)
• Mountaineering equipment (crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe, carabiners, slings, etc.)
• First aid kid
• Lunch container
• Personal clothes for the boat
• Personal toiletries and medications (as necessary)
• Duffle bag for personal items
The guide / boat will provide:
• Ropes for glaciers
• Emergency tarp and toboggan
• Map, compass, and GPS
• Radio and satellite phone
Please contact me for a complete list of necessary equipment.
Guiding has been my lifelong passion. I have lived in the Rocky Mountains for most of my life, guiding since 1995.
My main focus these days is on running winter ski touring trips at the best heli-accessed ski lodges in British Columbia. This winter I'll be at Selkirk Lodge, Burnie Glacier Chalet, Mount Carlyle Lodge, and Sunrise Lodge -- each lodge providing a very different experience for my guests. While I do like to return, year after year, to my favourite lodges (like Burnie Glacier) I also like to provide new and interesting options for my clients.
When ski season ends here in Western Canada and the rest of my colleagues are putting away their skis for the summer, I will be once again heading to Svalbard in the Arctic for another Ski and Sail trip in May. This is the only trip I still have openings for now -- maybe you would like to join me there?
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