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What’s new and su­per-cool? Ski­ing in Antarc­tica, that’s what. Aus­tralia’s Chimu Ad­ven­tures is break­ing icy ground with a new sail-and-ski ad­ven­ture to Antarc­tica. Ex­clu­siv­ity is the draw­card with just five pas­sen­gers join­ing Ice­bird, a crewed pur­pose-built yacht of­fer­ing ex­pe­di­tions that in­clude sea kayak­ing and ski­ing virgin ter­rain. The op­er­a­tor says par­tic­i­pants must have a “rea­son­able level of fit­ness” but be warned this sounds much more likely to be un­der­taken by fear­less trav­ellers, with ex­pe­ri­ence ski­ing blue or black runs and will­ing to un­der­take train­ing in roped glacier climb­ing and crevasse res­cue. Team mem­bers will also need an “ex­pe­di­tion men­tal­ity” and be will­ing to lend a hand to sail the yacht, take a watch at sea and help with deck and gal­ley chores. The 28-day round trip from Ushuaia, Ar­gentina, starts at $35,205 so it’s not for the faint of bud­get ei­ther. The trip de­parts Novem­ber 19, 2017 and in­cludes train­ing, safety gear, use of satel­lite phones and email, ac­com­mo­da­tion in Ushuaia, skis, kayaks, sleds, moun­taineer­ing equip­ment and meals. More: chimuad­ven­tures.com/tour/ski-antarc­tica.

SU­SAN KURO­SAWA

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