Aurora Expeditions introduces Antarctic skiing

Travellers to Antarctica will now be able to go skiing, with Aurora Expeditions introducing the classic winter sport to its tours. The polar cruise specialist is also adding snowshoeing to its list of activities for the 2017/18 season.

The skiing in Antarctica tour option means Aurora passengers have the chance to ski glacial slopes, traverse remote areas to iceberg-studded bays and even follow in Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps across South Georgia. With unpredictable snow conditions and terrain that varies from gentle slopes to crevassed glaciers and alpine bowls, this is an excursion for the true adventurer.

Passengers will travel in small groups with experienced ski guides, and can expect to learn mountaineering and ski-touring skills, including how to use an ice axe and crampons, what to do in the event of an avalanche, and how to build emergency shelter.

Snowshoeing in Antarctica, with Aurora Expeditions. Credit: Tarn Pilkington.

If you prefer soft adventure, snowshoeing in Antarctica runs for up to three hours and is a great way to see more of the pristine continent. A reasonable level of fitness is required and, as with the ski touring, the aim is for six excursions or more per voyage, depending on weather and landing sites.

The two new activities are available on selected 2017/18 itineraries, including the In-depth South Georgia & Antarctica and Spirit of Antarctica expeditions departing in November and December (2017).

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