IceAxe.TV: Antarctica…Part Deux???

Last fall, I lived a dream. A dream that involved skiing in Antarctica, and for all those that followed along (link to trip reports HERE), you know that it was an experience of a lifetime. Well, for those that are interested, know that Doug Stoup and IceAxe.TV are indeed offering not only one, but FOUR ski expeditions to the white continent this fall of 2010. So start saving your pennies!!!!!

Thomas Laakso living his dream in Antarctica.
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1153849020wv9y5ySome of the details are still being worked out, but one of the trips will be much like last years, a large expedition aboard the Russian cruise ship Vavilov. It will be for 13 days/12 nights, and will include a kayaking option for those that might not want to ski. (What’s wrong with these people!) From experience, my guess is that the cost of this trip will range from $5,000-$10,000 (plus airfare), depending on your accommodations on the ship. Like last year’s, this trip will most likely sell out and dates are still being finalized.


The three other expeditions to Antarctica will be more unique adventures for those that can afford it and will include the use of the Australis, the small ship that Chris Davenport used for his month long trip last year. Each expedition will include 8 clients and 2 guides and will provide a unique ski mountaineering experience with the opportunity to accomplish a lot of objectives. The trip will cost $18,000 and will connect through Ushuaia (Argentina), Punta Arenas (Chile) and King George Island, which is located in the South Shetland Islands off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. As with any Antarctic travel, itineraries must be flexible due to weather and ice conditions, and clients mush arrive at the starting destination 2 days prior to the departure date. Dates and itineraries are as follows:

  • Nov. 12th-25th (Sail In/Fly Out)
    Sail out of Ushuaia on the 12th and fly back to Punta Arenas, via King George
    Island on the 25th…where you will then return to your home destination.
  • Nov 25th-Dec 5th (Fly In/Fly Out)
    Fly from Punta Arenas to King George Island on the 25th where you will meet
    the Australis. Return from King George Island to Punta Arenas on the 5th.
  • Dec 5th-Dec 19th (Fly In/Sail Out)
    Fly in from Punta Arenas to King George Island to meet the boat
    on the 5th, and sail back to Ushuaia…returning to port on the 19th.

I’m unsure if I will be able to make this trip happen for myself again, but it sure would be nice. Please contact at (530) 582-1246 if you have any interest or questions regarding these trips…or leave them in the comments section and I will do my best to answer them.

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9 Responses to “IceAxe.TV: Antarctica…Part Deux???”

  1. 1 bryan Mar 17th, 2010 at 7:24 am

    5,000 – 10,000 ?

    18,000 ?

    is that a typo? are those price in Indian rupees?

  2. 2 Smokey Mar 17th, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Any mention of the potential impacts of four more ski cruises a year to the continent? I believe be long before multiple (5+) companies are offering these types of trips…can anyone mouth the words cumlative effects?

  3. 3 randosteve Mar 17th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    ha! bryan…personally i don’t think $5-7000 dollars is that outrageous for an all inclusive, guided ski cruise to antarctica. price out the sightseeing cruises down there…and i think you might be surprised.

    yeah $18K is really only for the lucky few…but it’s more or less an private expedition then.

  4. 4 randosteve Mar 17th, 2010 at 8:57 am

    smokey…i’ll comment on that.

    there are already lots of cruises to the white continent in ships much larger than either of these ships…and for longer durations. i would also think that skiers, landing on the shore and going off skiing, do quite a bit less to disturb the wildlife than all the tourists getting their photos with the penguins and seals. i’m not sure about you, but i also don’t think that there are THAT many people that can a) pull off organizing a trip like this…and b) skiers that can afford and will go on trips like these.

    to me…it will be interesting to see how the bookings go for the australis trips…as i know the larger expedition WILL sell out.

  5. 5 randosteve Mar 18th, 2010 at 5:54 am

    and smokey…i did some research and last year, 45,000 people visited antarctica. if these trips sell out, it will add about 130 to that number. hardly earth shattering.

  6. 6 dirtybunny Mar 18th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I think Antarctica is threatened more by the day to day consumption of the western world than a trip of a lifetime by a few folks. It is easy to point our fingers at other for their actions, but by nature of living where we do and participating in the activities that we do, we all contribute to climate change. Skiing at resorts, driving to trailheads, heating our homes, eating meat, powering our computers, etc. all contribute to this, so lets put it all in perspective. I know that by driving to the mountain to play I am contributing to the problem, but I need to live my life. I have a problem with folks telling others how they should live their lives.

  7. 7 randosteve Mar 19th, 2010 at 4:19 am

    dirtybunny…for the most part…i couldn’t have said it better myself. thanks!

  8. 8 Smokey Mar 19th, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    “I think Antarctica is threatened more by the day to day consumption of the western world”

    Like traveling close to 15,000 miles by plane, car, boat for a self serving trip jsu to ski? Is that the type of consumption you’re talking about “DirtyBunny”?

    Steve, thanks for the numbers. I wonder how many of the 45,000 people travelling to the continent are doing something meanful, like science or supporting science, that hopefully have a benifit to others, not just themselves?

  9. 9 randosteve Mar 21st, 2010 at 7:01 am

    good points smokey…but i’m not going to feel guilty for traveling to go on vacation…especially to ski. in the 2008-2009 tourism season…

    37,858 tourists traveled to antarctica via air or sea
    27,206 tourists set foot on antarctica (some didn’t get off the boat i guess)
    24,579 additional staff and crew were associated with the tourism

    check out this website for some antarctic tourism numbers.

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