Frequently asked questions about heliskiing in Greenland

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Greenland FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

 

 
 
 Q: How do I get to Iceland? 
 A: There are direct flights from over 20 cities in Western Europe, the USA and Canada to Iceland. It takes about 2-3 hours to fly from Europe and about 5 hours from the East Coast of North America. There are two main carriers, Icelandair which services destinations on both sides of the Atlantic and Iceland Express flying to European destinations. All these flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport in the south part of the country.
 Q: How do I get to Greenland?
 A: Ones you arrive in Keflavik Iceland, a 30 min bus or taxi ride will bring you to the capital Reykjavik. If you are planning to spend a few days in Reykjavik you can send us an enquiry about which Hotels are the best and what to do around town. All flights to the east coast of Greenland depart from Reykjavik airport, only 5 minutes away from downtown. From Reykjavik a charter flight will take you to your destination, the town of Kulusuk. Our travel agent can coordinate all these flights and hotels if needed.
 Q: Where is Kulusuk?
 A: Kulusuk is a small hunters village on the east coast of Greenland, about an hour and a half flight away from Reykjavik Iceland. Kulusuk is in the Ammassalik region of Greenland with the town of Tasiilaq only a 10 min flight away serving as the regions center with all facilities such as an hospital with english speaking doctors museums, hotels etc.
 Q: What is the terrain like?
 A: Greenland is every skier's dreamland. The mountains are the perfect mix of steep to very steep couloirs and faces to wide open low angled glacier runs and valleys.

There are plenty of slopes for skiers of all abilities from very extreme terrain suitable for the pro riders to nice and friendly areas for the less advanced heli skier. The Mountains are up to 2000m or 6500ft high but you can in many cases ski that entire vertical all the way down to the ocean. The average heli ski run is around 1000m or 3300ft in vertical drop.

Due to our northerly position there is no tree skiing in Greenland, So if you are scared of big nasty tree wells Greenland will feel pretty safe.
 Q: What are snow conditions like?
 A: The snow pack is predominantly coastal and in the springtime we are skiing anything from excellent corn snow to knee deep powder.

This also means we have for the most parts very stable snow in terms of avalanche danger so we can ski steeper and more exposed lines than you would normally do heli skiing.

Given the time of year you should expect a mixed bag of conditions and be prepared to ski anything
 Q: What is the weather like?
 A: April and May tend to be stable in terms of wind and precipitation with long spells of calm, but there are also storms that can last for a day or two. Bad weather happens and you must be aware of the fact that you are up in the high Arctic in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This is all a part of your adventure heli skiing experience.

Temperatures range between -10 and +5 but it can get quite a bit colder in the early part of our operating period.
 Q: Why choose Arctic Heli Skiing?
 A: - Adventure of a lifetime
       - Chance to ski first descents right down to the Arctic Ocean
       - Closest adventure heli skiing destination to both sides of the Atlantic
       - Exclusive Heli ski packages
       - Ski basking in the rays of the midnight sun at 00:00hrs
       - Iceland's only certified Mountain Guides and heli ski experts
       - Internationally certified heli ski guides and pilots
       - Unique cultural experience
 Q: Can I really ski all the way down to the Arctic Ocean
 A: Yes you can and it is definitely one of the highlights of our operation. We have plenty of runs with a vertical descent of 1000 meters or 3300 feet with pick ups right on the coast line or on the pack ice.
 Q: Can I be reached at the Hotel?
 A: Yes. The  Hotel phone number is +299 986 993 and the fax number is +299 986993  There is a wireless internet connection at the Hotel
 Q: When is the best time to ski?
 A: April and May would be high season and the best chance of getting the goods, but March and even June in some years can provide great skiing.
 Q: Do I bring my own skis?
 A: Yes. For this season we will not be providing ski rentals. As for type of ski best suited for our conditions a mid fat to fat ski, and not to soft, would be the ideal. In case of skis getting lost during your travels we have spare sets available.
 Q: How good do you have to be?
 A: It depends on a few things such as your group and program, but every skier needs to be a fit intermediate skier and be able to ski under control in off-piste terrain.   
 Q: What about skiers with special dietary needs?
 A: Please advice us by making note of any special needs or allergies on your booking form when reserving your trip. If we know in advance we can prepare and accommodate you no matter what your dietary needs are.
 Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
 A: Yes bad weather happens and you must be aware of the fact that you are up in the high Arctic in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We do have ski touring gear available and in the past we have always been able to get out and ski even if the helicopter is not flying. Visiting the village of Kulusuk is also a classic down day activity with dog sled rides and hunting amongst the activities avialable.
 Q: What kind of helicopter will we fly in?
 A: We use a Ecureuil Astar B3. This is the work horse of most heli ski operations, powerful, safe and reliable. Our pilots have thousands of logged flight hours in difficult Arctic conditions and are sought after all over the world for their skills and training.
 Q: Is the skiing as good as everybody says?
 A: Yes it is but what makes the whole trip worth while is great skiing mixed with the cultural adventure of visiting Greenland.
 Q: Are the guides experienced heli ski guides?
 A: Our guides are all certified to the highest industry standard in the world. They are for the most parts Canadian and New Zealand trained and work heli ski guiding in Canada the birth place of heli skiing in the winters. Arctic Heli Skiing operates in acordance to Canadian heli skiing standards.
 
 
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