Making a ski descent of Mount Vinson is a significant challenge, only suited to experienced ski mountaineers. Both the route and skier need to be in condition. Route hazards include steep slopes to 50 degrees; hard windblown snow; rocky sections; and risk of avalanche. Skiers need to be able to ski the route without falling, as a sliding fall could easily become uncontrollable, with extremely serious consequences. Required skills include:
- Ski with a 18kg/40lb pack
- Ski 50 degree slopes
- Ski a variety of snow conditions – hardpack, powder, breakable crust, sastrugi etc
- Employ a variety of steep skiing techniques such as sideslipping, falling leaf turns, jump turns etc
- Climb and crampon in ski boots
- Make quick transitions between skis and crampons while anchored on steep ground
Please contact us if you would like to discuss this option.