Experience the world’s most northern helicopter skiing as you explore the Arctic Cordillera range of Baffin Island — the most dramatic mountains in the Arctic icefields with tumbling glaciers, deep fjords and the world’s tallest sheer granite walls. See polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, discover Clyde River’s vibrant Inuit culture, and enjoy gourmet meals prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef. To discover more about what to expect, we recommend reading some of our blogs. This heli-ski experience is a polar first, pioneered and developed by Nansen Weber, Tessum Weber and Drew Nylen and the only company to offer helicopter skiing on Baffin Island.
ABOUT THE LOCATION
Located on the shore of Baffin Island, Nunavut — is the scenic community of Clyde River. The hamlet is on a flood plain and surrounded by spectacular fjords. At 70° North and right on the coast expect temperatures in April and May to range from -4° to -24°C.
Skiing & Riding; Wildlife/Nature Sightseeing
For the stay in Clyde River, we have a privately dedicated hotel — The Naujaaraaluit which has 8 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
When you’re not out heli-skiing or exploring, Weber Arctic’s private chef serving up great Canadian cuisine. Experience gourmet fare inspired by every province from locally sourced arctic char to Alberta Organic Beef, French Canadian cheeses, Okanagan Valley wines, fresh baked breads, yogurts, ice creams and other delights daily to satisfy you at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
Proper preparation and gear for an adventure in the Arctic is key to your enjoyment, comfort and safety. Please read through and make a checklist of the gear required. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us.
Travel Recommendations & Notes
All travellers must purchase travel insurance — even Canadian guests. We recommend trip interruption, cancellation and health insurance that includes air ambulance. If an air ambulance is required to Yellowknife, Iqaluit or Ottawa, all non-Nunavut residents are responsible for the cost.
- Bring your ski boots, helmet & googles. We will provide Fischer skis & poles. If bringing your own skis make sure they are big mountain skis. Contact us if you have questions.
- Winter Boots — A very good pair of waterproof and warm winter boots rated to -25°C.
- Down Jacket — Rated to -25°C.
- Windproof Shell Jacket
- Fleece or synthetic insulated (IE: Primaloft) pants — Great for skiing in and keeps you warm while outdoors.
- Long Underwear (top & bottom) — Two sets of long underwear made from synthetic or wool — no cotton or silk content.
- Day Pack — You’ll need a daypack for skiing. We provide avalanche beacon/probe/shovel for guests.
- Personal Items — Toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, extra glasses/contacts or any other items you might require.
- Lodge Shoes — Light, comfortable shoes to wear in the hotel are useful.
- Fleece Jacket or Micro down — A fleece/light down jacket is another necessity as an extra layer, for warmer days, or just to wear around the community.
- Hat — A wool toque or fleece hat. Any cap really that is made from a material that dries easily.
- Ski Gloves — Wind-resistant gloves/mittens. Rated to -20°C.
- Socks — Several pairs of good wool or wool-synthetic socks are a must. No cotton or silk content.
- Sunscreen — The sun in the Arctic is extremely strong and the daylight hours are extended. So pack sunscreen.
- Optional: Avalanche air bags are available for purchase/rent please inquire at the time of booking to guarantee availability.
- Provided: Avalanche beacon, probe and a shovel.
- Thermos — For hot drinks while skiing. We recommend a one-litre insulated thermos
In the wild and unpredictable Arctic the weather patterns and wildlife can disrupt even the best-laid plans. Therefore all of our itineraries are marked as ‘suggested’ — most excursions will be happen, just not necessarily on the days noted below.
The flight to Clyde River departs Ottawa early in the morning. If you don’t live in the nation’s capital, we recommend booking your flight to Ottawa the day before.
Depart Ottawa in the early am for the flight to Clyde River. Arrive mid-afternoon, check into the Naujaaraaluit Hotel and explore the community of Clyde River. An introduction to Heli-skiing routes and a safety briefing will be given followed by an in-house dinner prepared by Weber Arctic’s private chef.
Heli-ski all day
Heli-ski all day
Heli-ski all day
Heli-ski all day or Discover the unique Inuit culture and Arctic wildlife of Clyde River and surrounding area: go dog sledding to search for polar bear on the Baffin Bay sea ice, attend a drum dancing and throat singing performance — an art only found among the Inuit. Clyde River holds a unique traditional culture that is becoming increasingly rare in modern Inuit communities.
Heli-ski all day
After breakfast, board the flight for the return to Ottawa.
Any cancellations before 180 days prior to the departure date will receive a full refund. Any cancellations after that are not eligible for a refund.
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