As the chopping sound of the helicopter’s rotors fades away, you will be left in perfect silence in one of the most pristine environments on earth. Heli-skiing is the only downhill skiing available in Nunavut and promises a fantastic off-trail, off-lift skiing experience.
Ski Canada’s Arctic Cordillera range, spanning the eastern coast of Nunavut’s Baffin Island. Boasting some of the highest crests in eastern North America, the Arctic Cordillera range features high glaciated peaks, some above 6,000 feet, rising through ice fields surrounded by spectacular scenery. The Arctic Cordillera range is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east with inland fiords cutting into the range providing a spectacular backdrop to soar over on your way to untouched snow.
Weber Arctic has pioneered the arctic heli-skiing experience and is the only company offering this Baffin Island adventure. While the Arctic Cordillera is a rugged landscape in a challenging Arctic environment, your adventure will include the comfort of a private hotel complete with private chef serving gourmet fare. This rare experience is available during a limited season from mid-April to mid-May.
Your heli-skiing experience is based out of the community of Clyde River, Nunavut. “Kangitugaapik,” the traditional Inuktitut name for Clyde River, translates to “nice little inlet” in English and is an apt description of this picturesque, traditional community. Due to the richness of wildlife resources, the surrounding area has been a region of importance to Inuit for over 2,000 years.
Located south of the community is the Ninginganiq National Wildlife Area. Designated in 2010, Ninginganiq includes the shoreline and islands of Isabella Bay and stretches out into the adjacent ocean. It is the largest protected national wildlife area in Canada, measuring 1,300 square miles, and is home to the largest concentration of bowhead whales in Canada. This National Wildlife Area also supports robust populations of polar bear, ringed seals, narwhal, and many bird species. “Ninginganiq” is an Inuktitut word which translates to “the place where fog sits.”
It was in the region of Clyde River that first contact between Inuit and Norse Vikings took place around 1,000 A.D., long before European whalers arrived on Baffin Island’s shores.
Come visit this “nice little inlet” and lift off to an amazing heli-skiing adventure in some of the most stunning scenery in the Arctic.