Skiing adventures, booming rotors, and cultural experiences

Something is in the air. And it is made up of both skiing adventures, booming rotors, and cultural experiences in a land where remote, untouched, and exclusive are the starting courses in a menu offering peak to beach skiing in an Arctic world, side by side with local hunting and fishing communities.

 

East Greenland

Heliskiing in East Greenland is all about vast mountain expanses, tiny villages and towns along the coastline, runs that go right down to the water’s edge, and the icy Denmark Strait where whales, seals, and polar bears live year round.

The phrase “lack of space” does not seem to exist in the East Greenlandic vocabulary. In the region itself they often emphasize how wildness and roughness dominate the landscape, and there is something to it when you try to gauge the physical size of 250.000 km2 wilderness through a helicopter window.

  • The airport village Kulusuk and East Greenland’s largest town Tasiilaq are the basecamps in the area
  • The Ammassalik region har 3 hotel: Hotel Kulusuk near the airport, and Hotel Angmagssalik and Hotel Red House in Tasiilaq. Add to this several smaller lodge- and hostel style accommodations
  • Tasiilaq has about 2,000 inhabitants and all regular shopping- and service facilities, a museum and souvenir shops
  • Kulusuk airport is mainly serviced from Reykjavik in Island and the flight is app. 110 minutes
  • The village Kulusuk, close to the airport, has about 250 inhabitants, a small grocery store and an art and crafts shop
  • During the heliskiing season you can add dogsledding and snowmobiling experiences to the mix in and around Tasiilaq
  • Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut are the main heliskiing basecamps of Western Greenland
  • Maniitsoq has about 2,800 inhabitants and all regular shopping and service facilities
  • Kangaamiut is a small village with app. 275 inhabitants, situated right next door to the highest peaks in Western Greenland
  • Most heliskiers chose to fly from Copenhagen to the international airport in Kangerlussuaq and then on to Maniitsoq, but there’s also a connection from Reykjavik via Nuuk to Maniitsoq
  • In Maniitsoq accommodation is usually at the hotel, while accommodation in Kangaamiut is in private houses in the village.

Western Greenland

The alpine ranges just south of the Arctic Circle in Western Greenland are known for coastal heliskiing, peaks up to 2,000 meters, wide glacier faces, steep transitions to couloirs, and helicopter pick-ups right at the water’s edge of ice free fjords.

The 12-person expedition ship Kisaq provides direct access to the archipelagos and fjord systems around Maniitsoq and Kangaamiut. The couple running the ship combine comfort, local knowledge and highly praised culinary experiences on a mobile heliskiing platform, and each day they will meet the helicopter at the location where the skiing is considered to best.

The after-skiing stories mix with everyday chatter in the street when you live in a small settlement

Local culture

For many heliskiers coming to Greenland the experience is more than just about skiing, and part of the added value is the cultural experience of living close to the local population in a small fishing and hunting community.

The after-skiing stories mix with everyday chatter in the street when you live in a small settlement or town, and meeting the locals is a reminder that in the middle of this alpine adventure world there’s a people who has called this rugged land their home for millenia.