Sisimiut, Greenland harbors some of the most incredible backcountry skiing potential in the world. After a reconnaissance trip last spring, this year I was fortunate to come back to this special ski center to guide for Ice Axe Expeditions. Overall, we had an amazing trip, but no one was anticipating just how memorable our last day in the area would be. Here, part of the 2015 crew skins while an Arctic storm greets the zone.
In true maritime style, the storm at the end of our trip came in fast and dropped copious amounts of cold, light, dry polar powder across Sisimiut. The initial forecast was for several inches. When all was said and done some locales boasted more than two feet of new snow. As strong as the storm was, just like that, high pressure kicked in and blew the disturbance away leaving our crew a pristine bluebird powder day to work with. We started our last day of the expedition slowly to ease into the new snow conditions. Here, Tom Hicks enjoys a lap with a view of town that can’t be beat.
With stability on our side and increasing confidence in the conditions our crew turned to the local couloir wall that’s found just a few kilometers from Sisimiut. We had skied this same line at the start our trip in total powder. Anticipating even better conditions, no one really knew just how good it was going to be when we dropped in for our last run of the trip. Here, Sarah Halas enjoys the reward of waiting patiently for the storm to vacate the region.
We skied powder throughout our 2015 expedition. Breaking in never before skied lines with a great group of travelers is always special, but to do it in such pristine conditions is other-worldly. That said, by the time photographer Keoki Flagg and I found ourselves walled in this local Greenlandic gem, the reality of just how good the ski conditions were came full circle. Giggling like school children, we picked our way down the couloir, getting face shots like this without the slightest bit of effort.
Traveling to Greenland is special in and of itself. Skiing there takes the experience to another level. But skiing this quality of snow in such inspiring terrain is something I will never forget. Pitted beyond reason, bellies sore from laughing, this is how we ended our expedition to Sisimiut this season, with a sneaker storm blanketing the local mountains with some of the most explosive powder I’ve ever skied anywhere in the world. There are many special places to travel to for the intrepid skiers and riders of the world, and Sisimiut is certainly one of them. With the help of local outfitter Igloo Mountain working with world-renowned guiding operation Ice Axe Expeditions, opportunities like this create memories that last a lifetime. If you’re interested in skiing Greenland please be in touch. We’re already making plans for the 2016 expedition!
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