Antarctica is one of the last remaining untapped ski and snowboard destinations in the world. If you are fortunate enough to hitch a ride with a scientific expedition to our southernmost continent and can bring your ski gear along you’re in for a treat.
The key is getting there. Of course bringing your gear is important because you will not find any ski and snowboard rental facilities. Getting away from crowded ski lifts is easy in Antarctica because there aren’t any lifts. No lifts, no crowds. Just sun, fun, powder and bitter cold.
There is more skiing in Antarctica than most people can imagine. Of course there are ski movies who send their crews down south for spectacular face shots every now and then. But there are also people who live and work in Antarcica and rely on skis for short range transportation and recreation.
Many scientists and staff stationed in Antarctica use telemark skis or AT bindings to cover short distances from one post to another when conditions allow. Since there is not much to do other then enjoy the nature on days off, it is common to see people skiing down nearby hills. Next time you travel to Antarctica make sure you befriend that helicopter pilot if you want to taste some real untouched powder.