Basecamp Baffin: Helicopter Assisted Ski Touring - 7 Days
Skiing & Riding
Skiing & Riding
Be amongst a handful of adventurers to ski one of the most wild landscapes on the planet. The fiords of Baffin Island offer gorgeous ski touring terrain during the short Arctic spring season of April and May. Using Basecamp Baffin as your comfortable basecamp to adventure from, you’ll have all the adventure tools at your disposal - snow cat, helicopter, snowmobiles or clip your skis on at the front door and start skiing. With tumbling glaciers, deep fiords and the world’s tallest sheer granite walls, the rugged east coast of Baffin Island provides some of the most dramatic mountains and scenery in the Arctic. Beyond breathtaking skiing, this Arctic adventure is about more than just making turns. Immerse yourself in Arctic exploration: explore the frozen ocean for Arctic wildlife, immerse in local Inuit culture from the coastal community of Clyde River, take in the breath-taking scenery and enjoy gourmet meals prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef. See for yourself what it feels like to stand atop an unnamed peak and clip into your skis in some of the most remote mountains in the world!
Weber Arctic’s Baffin ski adventure operates from our purpose built basecamp. Positioned in the fiords of Baffin, a short helicopter flight away from Clyde River, Basecamp Baffin offers private accommodation for a maximum of 12 guests. You can expect all the necessary creature comforts of a great ski day at hand: yummy après-ski snacks, post-ski massages, hot showers, great food and comfortable rooms.
Skiing & Snowboarding; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing
Finish your day of skiing at Basecamp Baffin - a purpose built lodge that comfortably sleeps 8-guests on private adventure. Hot showers, post-ski massage, dining room, lounge and comfortable rooms. When you’re not out heli-skiing or exploring, Weber Arctic’s private chef serving up great Canadian cuisine. Experience gourmet fare inspired by every province from locally sourced arctic char to Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses, Okanagan Valley wines, fresh baked breads, yogurts, ice creams and other delights daily to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Limited to 12 guests.
- Main lodge with dining room, kitchen and lounge and rooms
- Snow cat to assist ski adventures
- Shower house and massage facilities
Given the nature of this custom adventure; payments are non-refundable. Balance is due 180 days prior to trip departure.
In the wild and unpredictable Arctic, weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. All of our itineraries are ‘suggested’– we strive to ensure your adventure is a trip of a lifetime. Each day’s activities take into consideration the dynamic environment we operate within, your interests, and may not always reflect the suggested itinerary outlined below.
Arrival Instructions: The flight to Clyde River departs Ottawa early in the morning. If you don’t live in the nation’s capital, we recommend booking your flight to Ottawa the day before.
Flying privately? We can arrange efficient transportation into the region with our local charter partners. Please contact us.
Arriving into the coastal Inuit community of Clyde River, ride your snowmobile for the journey into the Baffin mountains. Leaving Clyde River, you’ll make your way into the deep fiords of Baffin Island, slowly leaving the Arctic Ocean and heading into glaciated terrain. Breathtaking views of steep granite walls and tumbling glaciers truly showcase the awesome landscapes of Baffin Island. Arriving at Basecamp Baffin and be greeted by the Weber Arctic team. An introduction to skiing routes and a polar safety briefing follows an in-house dinner prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef.
Your week includes five days of heli-supported ski touring, alongside human-powered touring. These experiences below give you a taste of what you can expect during your stay:
Heli-touring: Departure by helicopter from Basecamp Baffin flying due west towards the height of the Arctic Cordillera. Land atop Mount Wordie, the longest run in the area, where you ski 4km of arctic powder to sea level. A large granite wall towers the face of Mount Wordie, and below a tumbling glacial tongue extends to the horizon. Climb atop the granite ridges of Wordie’s sister peaks as you ski glaciated runs back to Basecamp Baffin.
Cat-skiing & alpine ski-touring: Depart aboard your private snow-cat as we climb the unnamed glaciers behind your accommodations. A gorgeous collection of peaks and glaciers are directly at your doorstep, ready to ski. Your guide takes you through the glaciers, stunning views and truly unspoiled landscapes as you pick the terrain that truly ignites your skiing adventure. Baffin holds a massive selection of terrain to choose from; long flowing glaciers for intermediate skiers, to steeper terrain such as couloirs and larger glaciers for advanced skiers. Finish your day by returning to camp on your skis. A delicious après-ski of arctic char sashimi (freshly caught next door) awaits.
Discover the unique Inuit culture and arctic wildlife of Clyde River and surrounding area: go dog sledding on the Baffin Bay sea ice, attend a drum dancing and throat singing performance - an art only found among the Inuit. Clyde River holds a unique traditional culture that is becoming increasingly rare in modern Inuit communities.
As spring begins to settle in the arctic fiords, wildlife such as polar bears and seals begin to make the arctic ice floe-edge of Baffin Bay their home; take a helicopter ride out onto Baffin Bay and walk amongst the sea ice as you search for polar bears and newly born cubs. Fish for arctic char in the fiord lakes as spring begins to melt the lake ice. Have your chef prepare freshly caught arctic char.
Day 7: After breakfast, board the flight for the return to home
As spring starts to settle into the Arctic in April and May, the temperature rises and Baffin’s mountains become a place for great skiing, spectacular views with hundreds of kilometers without a soul in sight. Truly exploratory skiing. Expect temperatures to range from +5° to -17°C. Skiing in this remote environment requires thorough preparation. Our expedition team will reach out to ensure you are adequately prepared and can assist with any gear related questions. A general packing list serves as a good first step.
Travel Recommendations & Notes All travellers must purchase travel insurance - even Canadian guests. We recommend trip interruption, cancellation and health insurance that includes air ambulance. If an air ambulance is required to Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.