Destination Antarctica

Senior Editor Sam Bass is headed to Antarctica on a ship full of skiers.
Ushuaia Tom Day

Skiing by ship. From November 1 through November 18, Skiing Magazine's Senior Editor Sam Bass will be living aboard a ship off the coast of Antarctica, along with a team of other skiers, including a camera crew and athletes from Warren Miller Entertainment. They'll be taking Zodiacs ashore to climb and ski the southern-most mountains in the world. Check back here for regular updates from life on—and off—the ship.

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Update #10: Heading Home.

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Update #10: Last Day of Skiing.

Plus Photos!

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Update #9: Mini Golf on King George Island


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Update #8: Filming with the Warren Miller Crew.

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Update #7:

Greetings from the South Shetland Islands.

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Update #6: A New Continent


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Update #5: First Day on the Drake Passage.

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Update #4: Departing Ushuaia.

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Update #3: Arriving in Argentina and the first ski tour.

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Update #2: En Route to Ushuaia.

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Update #1: Preparing for the journey.

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Photo Gallery #1: Ushuaia, Argentina.

Photo Gallery #2: Welcome to Antarctica.

Photo Gallery #3: First Turns.

Photo Gallery #3: More Skiing.

Sam Answers Questions from a Sixth Grader.

Other Blogs Covering the Trip


Steve Romeo drops in.

Destination Antarctica: More Skiing

Skiing Magazine's Senior Editor Sam Bass is logging a lot of vertical this week. Check out his images to see what skiing in Antarctica is like.

The culmination of years of planning and hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

Destination Antarctica: Gallery (2)

On board the Clipper Adventurer, the crew departs Argentina and sets anchors on the shores of Argentina. A gallery of images by photographer Adam Clark and writer Sam Bass.

Rando Steve in lower third of chute on Weincke with   Neumeyer channel in background

Destination Antarctica: First Turns (Gallery)

Bluebird and big lines. The skiing has begun on Antarctica. With good weather and stable snow, the group has been able to log a few turns and enjoy some amazing vistas.

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Three More Reasons to Ski in Argentina

Meat, wine, and yerba mate. And why the South American diet is good for you.

Carston Oliver in Las Lenas, Argentina.

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Andreas Fransson and JP Auclair | Photos: Salomon, Armada

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