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Ice Axe Antarctic Cruise, skiing Nov. 12-17, 2011

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A few highlight pics of the trip above.  Detailed TR's and pics of the ski days here, along with links to some amazing professional pictures from the more elite skiers on the cruise: http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewforum.php?f=6


Edited by Tony Crocker - 12/6/11 at 9:07am
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Wow,and Antartica receives about 6 in. of snow a year? So the traccks you were making in the snow was some very old snow preserved forever? Neat!

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The west side of the peninsula - where I believe they were skiing -  is a maritime climate and gets lots of snow. The east side is dryer. And then the main body of the continent is a desert - although a snowy/icy one...

 


Edited by spindrift - 12/7/11 at 5:07pm
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It's definitely a maritime climate on the west side of the peninsula and associated islands.  Lots of overcast and fog, occasional snow showers.  Temperatures were moderate, ~25-40F.  Wind is the key variable affecting snow conditions.  The picture I posted above from the 3rd day was definitely the best powder.  The previous day had thicker powder that skied well only when untracked.  The 5th morning was windy but had wind sifted blown in snow.  Several of the intermediate pitched ski sectors had a thin layer of loose snow over a packed base and skied almost like groomed runs.  On exposed steep terrain the loose snow was more likely to be blown off leaving a firm and sometimes icy surface.  Some of the top groups got into steep couloirs that were more sheltered, but the one I observed Andrew McLean's group in had hard snow.

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