2011 Trips of the Year: Heli-Ski Greenland

Feb 9, 2011
Outside Magazine
Greenland's west coast

Greenland's west coast    Photo: Photo by Cedric Angeles/Intersection Photos

Is Greenland the next Chugach? Arne Hardenberg, a former member of the country's Olympic alpine ski team, thinks so. He leads a weeklong sail-and-ski trip on Greenland's west coast. Up to 12 guests maximize their six days of chasing corn snow by sleeping in bunk beds on the Kisaq, an 83-foot wooden ferry. The helicopter follows the ship and shuttles guests from sea to 6,500-foot summits surrounding the 50-mile-long Eternity Fjord. Afternoons are spent sea-kayaking, water-skiing behind the Zodiac, or fishing for your own halibut dinner. April's the best month for snow, daylight (14 hours), and temps, which hover in the high twenties. Tours start from Maniitsoq, a couple hours' flight north from the capital, Nuuk, and motor four hours north to Eternity Fjord. $13,100; greenlandextreme.com.