Ski Antarctica

Overview

Chimu Adventures, the most diverse Antarctic operator, are proud to bring you this incredible sail and ski adventure to Antarctica, join us to ski pristine slopes, seek virgin terrain and, if conditions allow, attempt to climb unique peaks, revelling in an extreme ski experience on this incredible continent.

Not only will you see and experience the dazzling landscapes and incredible wildlife of Antarctica but experience it from an intimate purpose-built yacht, before getting onto the slopes and skiing Antarctica for yourself! As you will be one of only five guests on this comfortable expedition sailing yacht, our small group will have the freedom and flexibility to tailor make this bucket list travel adventure!

From skiing untouched mountains in Antarctica to sea kayaking amongst ice and penguins you’ll be immersed in the grandeur of a natural environment like no other place on earth.

This is not an adventure of a lifetime for just anyone. Only real Adventurers need apply!

Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness, be capable of skiing blue or black runs in resorts and must undertake some prior training in roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue. (see the 3 day add on package in Ushuaia https://www.chimuadventures.com/en-au/tour/ushuaia-discovery). Team members must also be equipped with an ‘expedition mentality’. This is no package cruise this is a true travel adventure! Team members are invited to help in sailing the yacht, take a watch at sea and generally muck in with chores around the yacht from anchoring to domestic duties. Everyone is a team member. In return you will have the satisfaction of Rounding the Horn on our way back to Ushuaia, knowing that you have really earned it! If you haven’t sailed before you’ll be given instruction and come back a seasoned Southern Ocean sailor and Antarctic skier!

The following Itinerary is a typical plan, however in the Antarctic, plans can and often do change due to weather and ice conditions. The Antarctic Peninsula is a wonderful cruising ground with a smorgasbord of tiny coves and shallow anchorages where one can enjoy the magnificent solitude of one of the remotest places on Earth, while watching close-up the antics of the local inhabitants - curious leopard seals, playful humpback whales, or frenetically busy penguins. We have the freedom to get out in the hills and ski virgin snow slopes under the guidance of our experienced Antarctic Mountain Leader. 

TRIP CODE
ACTSSKA
DEPARTURE
Enquire for exact departure dates
DURATION
28 Days
LOCATIONS
Antarctica

Itinerary

Please note that the above itinerary is just a guide. Antarctica cruises are subject to weather, ice and other local conditions, as such, the actual itinerary is determined as the cruise progresses.

Inclusions & Details

Accommodation Standard
Inclusions

All yacht charter costs
All necessary port fees and permits.
All food aboard the yacht and while ski mountaineering (except dehydrated meals).
Group climbing equipment, tents, sleds for multi-day trips and fuel.
Yacht Skipper, Mate and Expedition Leader an Assistant Leader.
Use of 3 Boreal single kayaks and one Boreal double kayak, drysuits and associated safety gear.
The use of the yacht’s short range VHF Radios for shore parties to yacht communications.
Access to yacht satellite phone and email facilities (usage fees apply).
Group medical and emergency survival equipment for the sailing component.
Yacht safety equipment.
First aid equipment and emergency survival kit for shore party activities.
A limited amount of beer and wine (1-2 drinks per evening meal when not sailing).
Expeditions sailing to/from Antarctica: Three nights cabin accomodation in Ushuaia - 2 nights at the start, one night at the end.
The expedition fee does not include:

Air flights or ground transport to the departure point of the sailing voyage.
Personal clothing and equipment.
Meals and drinks in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas.
Personal travel, travel cancellation, medical and rescue insurance.
Emergency rescue, evacuation or medical charges.
Personal medications.
Personal use of satellite communications equipment.
Cost of visas for Argentina or Chile, vaccinations, excess baggage, airport taxes or departure taxes.
Alcoholic beverages (although a limited amount of local beer and wine is provided).
Freeze dried meals for multi-day ski-mountaineering trips.

Difficulty Rating 4 (Good fitness level required)
Single Surcharge

Available upon request

Notes

**Please note that this is a sample program only and is subject to ice and weather conditions**

Contact us for more details

Price Dependent upon

Season and availability

Sustainability

GUIDANCE FOR VISITORS TO THE ANTARCTIC

RECOMMENDATION XVIII-1, ADOPTED AT THE ANTARCTIC TREATY MEETING, KYOTO, 1994

Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements, referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System. The Treaty established Antarctica as a zone of peace and science.

In 1991, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which designates the Antarctic as a natural reserve. The Protocol sets out environmental principles, procedures and obligations for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment, and its dependent and associated ecosystems. The Consultative Parties have agreed that as far as possible and in accordance with their legal system, the provisions of the Protocol should be applied as appropriate. The Environmental Protocol was ratified in January 1998.

The Environmental Protocol applies to tourism and non-governmental activities, as well as governmental activities in the Antarctic Treaty Area. It is intended to ensure that these activities, do not have adverse impacts on the Antarctic environment, or on its scientific and aesthetic values.
This Guidance for Visitors to the Antarctic is intended to ensure that all visitors are aware of, and are therefore able to comply with, the Treaty and the Protocol. Visitors are, of course, bound by national laws and regulations applicable to activities in the Antarctic.


PROTECT ANTARCTIC WILDLIFE

Taking or harmful interference with Antarctic wildlife is prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by a national authority.

Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats, or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land.
Do not feed, touch, or handle birds or seals, or approach or photograph them in ways that cause them to alter their behavior. Special care is needed when animals are breeding or molting.
Do not damage plants, for example by walking, driving, or landing on extensive moss beds or lichen-covered scree slopes.
Do not use guns or explosives. Keep noise to the minimum to avoid frightening wildlife.
Do not bring non-native plants or animals into the Antarctic, such as live poultry, pet dogs and cats, or house plants.


RESPECT PROTECTED AREAS

A variety of areas in the Antarctic have been afforded special protection because of their particular ecological, scientific, historic, or other values. Entry into certain areas may be prohibited except in accordance with a permit issued by an appropriate national authority.
Activities in and near designated Historic Sites and Monuments and certain other areas may be subject to special restrictions.

Know the locations of areas that have been afforded special protection and any restrictions regarding entry and activities that can be carried out in and near them.
Observe applicable restrictions.
Do not damage, remove, or destroy Historic Sites or Monuments or any artifacts associated with them.

RESPECT SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Do not interfere with scientific research, facilities or equipment.

Obtain permission before visiting Antarctic science and support facilities; reconfirm arrangements 24-72 hours before arrival; and comply with the rules regarding such visits.
Do not interfere with, or remove, scientific equipment or marker posts, and do not disturb experimental study sites, field camps, or supplies.
BE SAFE

Be prepared for severe and changeable weather and ensure that your equipment and clothing meet Antarctic standards. Remember that the Antarctic environment is inhospitable, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous.

Know your capabilities and the dangers posed by the Antarctic environment, and act accordingly. Plan activities with safety in mind at all times.
Keep a safe distance from all wildlife, both on land and at sea.
Take note of, and act on, the advice and instructions from your leaders; do not stray from your group.
Do not walk onto glaciers or large snow fields without the proper equipment and experience; there is a real danger of falling into hidden crevasses.
Do not expect a rescue service. Self-sufficiency is increased and risks reduced by sound planning, quality equipment, and trained personnel.
Do not enter emergency refuges (except in emergencies). If you use equipment or food from a refuge, inform the nearest research station or national authority once the emergency is over.
Respect any smoking restrictions, particularly around buildings, and take great care to safeguard against the danger of fire. This is a real hazard in the dry environment of Antarctica.

KEEP ANTARCTICA PRISTINE

Antarctica remains relatively pristine, the largest wilderness area on Earth. It has not yet been subjected to large-scale human perturbations. Please keep it that way.

Do not dispose of litter or garbage on land. Open burning is prohibited.
Do not disturb or pollute lakes or streams. Any materials discarded at sea must be disposed of properly.
Do not paint or engrave names or graffiti on rocks or buildings.
Do not collect or take away biological or geological specimens or man-made artifacts as a souvenir, including rocks, bones, eggs, fossils, and parts or contents of buildings.
Do not deface or vandalize buildings or emergency refuges, whether occupied, abandoned, or unoccupied.​​

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