Skills and Experience
We have the flexibility to customize this unique adventure to your needs—whether you are an experienced ski mountaineer who wants to make first descents or a downhill skier with some off-piste experience looking to improve your back-country touring skills in a unique setting. Previous backcountry or off-piste ski experience is recommended. We use Alpine Touring (AT) skis with bindings with releasable heels and synthetic skins to allow us to travel on the flat or uphill.
We ask all potential participants to submit a resume of their ski experience. This helps us tailor the program to your experience and ability, so that you get maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from your efforts. It also allows us to make any suggestions for further training.
You should come with a good level of fitness as this is a moderate to strenuous program, regardless of your particular itinerary. It really is worth making an effort, as those who are “mountain-fit” when they arrive in Antarctica will enjoy it far more!
The best way to get fit for any activity is to just do it. However we understand that most of our guests have busy schedules with work and family commitments and getting to the mountains to prepare may not be easy. Your training needs to be based around the particular movements required by the activity you will be doing. For ski-touring that means you should mimic the movements of skiing on the flat or uphill using your arms to help propel yourself. One of the best ways of doing this is to use a Nordic ski-trainer in a gym or use ski-poles while hiking at a fast pace. It’s hard to train specifically for the downhill aspect of skiing without actually doing it, but building strong thigh muscles is a must. Road or mountain biking is a great way to build your leg strength for skiing as the compressive downstroke of pedaling helps mimic the movement of turning on steep ground.
Training with a pack is of use but be very careful when training with weight and don’t overdo it! You are better off developing your leg strength and overall cardiac fitness than your ability to carry a heavy pack.