Above the Arctic Circle, in April, there’s close to 20 hours of continuous daylight to work with. With assistance from core Igloo Mountain founders Larsaaraeq and Klavs, you’re in the best hands possible. In fact, everyone connected with these fine gentlemen cumulatively made up some of the most interesting, gracious people I have ever spent time with. Their zest for mountain living is contagious, and when you spend time with them in their big backyard of Sisimiut it shows.
To reach the area of Igloo Mountain snow machines are ridden on a trail groomed by snowcat. Once you travel the several kilometers to get to Igloo Mountain, you arrive at two quaint huts that are situated on a highpoint affording spectacular views of the immediate area. The terrain surrounding you has a little bit of something for everyone. There are steep couloirs a short skin away, but there’s also wide open, moderately pitched bowls and ramps that work for most anyone that can ski tour just a few steps away. Coupling a stay out at these huts with some time in town is truly a world class experience. But there’s more.
In Sisimiut, snow machines are the locals choice for transportation. From the Igloo Mountain area it’s easy to go for a ride for a few kilometers, and then you really start to understand how much terrain there is to ski and ride in this special corner of the world-most of which has never been climbed or skied. With terrain that can accommodate any level of backcountry skier or ski mountaineer, the more you travel around the Igloo Mountain area the more you realize the potential of the zone.
Beyond Igloo Mountain there are other huts strewn about adjacent glacial areas that boast equally impressive ski terrain. The choice to move huts or locales is all based on what the group wants. In fact, not too far from the Igloo Mountain base another hut is found by a frozen lake. One of the most standout days of skiing our group had last April was in this area, skiing a line that our hosts had specifically said they were waiting to show “the right guests”.
Unlike some of the steeper objectives we found ourselves drooling over during our expedition, there was this one line that was long moderately pitched, and truly sublime. It fell for 5,000+ vertical feet from the top of the high ridges to the frozen lake below. Cold Polar Powder was shin-to-knee deep. The snow was stable and the blue ice was easily avoidably, but gorgeous nonetheless as an accent to the run. It was one of the most mellow yet inspiring runs I’ve ever taken. The crazy thing is we only skied one of these monster shots in the region as we had so much ground to check out during our stay. Knowing there’s more of these unskied ramps out there paints an everlasting smile on my face as I can’t wait to get back to this zone in April to share this special experience with those who have made the effort to get to Sisimiut.