Heli-Ski Baffin Island - 7 Days
Be among a select few to heli-ski the world’s northernmost ski tenure. Set against the stunning backdrop of Baffin Island, the glacially formed fiords offer untracked runs over four kilometers long in some of the most beautiful terrain in the world. 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 heli skiing, this Arctic adventure is about more than just making turns. Immerse yourself in Clyde River’s vibrant Inuit culture, explore the frozen ocean, search for Arctic wildlife, and enjoy gourmet meals prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef. Pioneered by the Weber Arctic team, Baffin Heli ski is a polar first and the only helicopter skiing in Arctic Canada. 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!
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ABOUT THE LOCATION
Weber Arctic’s Baffin Heli Ski operates from the scenic Arctic town of Clyde River. A small Inuit community, Clyde River is surrounded by spectacular fjords and vast mountain wilderness. Located on the eastern shore of Baffin Island, the community continues to practice traditional activities such as dog sledding, drum dancing and produce beautiful handiwork.
Skiing & Riding; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing
For the stay in Clyde River, we have a privately dedicated hotel - The Naujaaraaluit which has 8 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
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.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
At 70° North, winter still holds a strong grip on the Arctic during April and May. Expect temperatures to range from -4° to -24°C. Heli-skiing in such a remote and extreme 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 Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.
- Bring your ski boots, helmet & googles. We will provide Fischer skis & poles. If bringing your own skis make sure they are big mountain skis. Contact us if you have questions.
- Winter Boots - A very good pair of waterproof and warm winter boots rated to -25°C.
- Down Jacket - Rated to -25°C.
- Windproof Shell Jacket
- Fleece or synthetic insulated (IE: Primaloft) pants - Great for skiing in and keeps you warm while outdoors.
- Long Underwear (top & bottom) - Two sets of long underwear made from synthetic or wool - no cotton or silk content.
- Day Pack - You’ll need a daypack for skiing. We provide avalanche beacon/probe/shovel for guests.
- Personal Items - Toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, extra glasses/contacts or any other items you might require.
- Lodge Shoes - Light, comfortable shoes to wear in the hotel are useful.
- Fleece Jacket or Micro down - A fleece/light down jacket is another necessity as an extra layer, for warmer days, or just to wear around the community.
- Hat - A wool toque or fleece hat. Any cap really that is made from a material that dries easily.
- Ski Gloves - Wind-resistant gloves/mittens. Rated to -20°C.
- Socks - Several pairs of good wool or wool-synthetic socks are a must. No cotton or silk content.
- Sunscreen - The sun in the Arctic is extremely strong and the daylight hours are extended. So pack sunscreen.
- Optional: Avalanche air bags are available for purchase/rent please inquire at the time of booking to guarantee availability.
- Provided: Avalanche beacon, probe and a shovel.
- Thermos - For hot drinks while skiing. We recommend a one-litre insulated thermos
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.
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.
Depart Ottawa in the early am for the flight to Clyde River. Arrive mid-afternoon, check into the Naujaaraaluit Hotel and explore the community of Clyde River. An introduction to Heli-skiing routes and a safety briefing will be given followed by an in-house dinner prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef.
At Baffin Heli, your week includes five days of heli skiing. In addition to skiing the northernmost heli tenure in the world, the unique opportunity to experience local Inuit culture is an important aspect of what we offer our guests. These two day-experiences below will give you a taste of what you can expect during your stay:
Heliskiing: Depart by helicopter from the Clyde River airport flying due West towards the height of the Arctic Cordillera. Land atop Mount Wordie, the longest run in the area, where you will ski 4km of recrystallized Arctic powder to sea level. A large granite wall towers the Northeast face of Mount Wordie, and below a tumbling glacial tongue extends to the horizon. The helicopter awaits at the bottom of the run, ready to take you to your next slope of untouched powder. With 2.5 hours of flight time, you can ski as much as you want before taking the scenic flight back to Clyde River.
Discover the unique Inuit culture and Arctic wildlife of Clyde River and surrounding area: go dog sledding to search for polar bears 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.
After breakfast, board the flight for the return to Ottawa.
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund less a $500 administration fee, per person. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.
As per Canadian Law, all quoted rates are GST applicable at 5%. Prices are in Canadian currency.