Fischer Skis: Baffin Island Heli-Ski Partner of Choice
Since day one, Fischer has been with us throughout our journey. From the days when Richard and Josée ski raced for Canada’s National Cross Country Ski-Team, to numerous expeditions to the North and South Pole, to raising two young boys to become cross-country skiers and Arctic explorers, and finally to today as we begin a new chapter exploring the fjords of Baffin Island as the most northerly heli-ski operation in the world. Fischer skis has believed in us from the very beginning.
Richard crossing a lead on the Arctic ocean in 1995 with a pair of custom Fischer E-99 skis on his successful round-trip expedition from Canada to the North Pole and back. Alongside his russian teammate, Richard and Misha became the first to complete the unsupported journey which took 122 days on skis.
Richard recollects the Fischer E-99 “a solid, reliable back country ski with steel edges and a wood core- I have used the E-99 or a variation of it for the last 25 years.” When looking for a reliable ski for polar expeditions, Richard remembers trying other skis without any success but found his way back to Fischer after racing on their skis for many years. “Fischer has tweaked skis specially for us, such as adding another layer of fiberglass to make the ski stiffer so we can step across cracks in the ice. Or extending the no wax zone so we get more grip in order to pull our sleds.”
Richard & Tessum at the North Pole in 2010.
This spring, Weber Arctic is taking on a new and exciting journey as we finalize preparations to launch the most northerly heli-ski operation in the world. You can read more about about our Arctic-heli skiing here. Working in remote regions of the Arctic, we need a ski we can rely on and are excited to be using the Fischer Ranger 108 TI as a great all-mountain ski to explore the fjords of Baffin Island with our guests.
Tessum skiing the fjords of Baffin Island on Fischer skis. He uses the Ranger 108!
From one family run business to another, we can’t be more grateful for Fischer’s unwavering commitment and support in what we do. Not only are their products the best in the industry, giving better performance and a longer life, but Fischer is backed by a great team of enthusiastic and passionate people. For all of our pursuits on skis whether in the Arctic or in the tracks, Fischer has always had our back.
Nansen and Tessum skiing a glacier on Baffin Island.