Po­lar ski­ing

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HELISKI AD­VEN­TURES HAS ROLLED OUT A new of­fer­ing in Antarc­tica – be­com­ing the first he­liski­ing op­er­a­tor on the con­ti­nent. A ship sta­tioned at King Ge­orge Is­land will serve as base­camp and he­li­pad for two chop­pers, which guests will use to ski and ex­plore Liv­ingston and sur­round­ing is­lands, as well as the Antarc­tica Penin­sula. One guide will ac­com­pany each group of four, with up to 24 he­liskiers catered for at a time. Hav­ing 22 hours of day­light is handy, giv­ing the chance to ski twice a day in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions, and when weather con­di­tions make it dif­fi­cult for the he­lis, the group can go ashore on zo­di­acs to skin up the hills with their snow­boards and skis. Har­nesses, cara­bi­neers and ice axes are stan­dard equip­ment as you will cer­tainly en­counter glacier travel at times. Aside from the ski­ing, ex­plo­ration ex­tends to ice-free ar­eas like the north­west coast that pro­vides breed­ing grounds for seabirds such as pe­trels, skuas and four species of pen­guins in the south­ern sum­mer. Mean­time, out to sea, a va­ri­ety of whales are com­monly sighted. Price is €17,000 per per­son and in­ter­ested par­ties can choose from three sched­uled dates in De­cem­ber: 8-16, 15-23, 22-30. Learn more at www.he­liski­ad­ven­tures.com

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