Skiing the 7 Continents
Planet Earth is home to 7.3 billion people and over 1.5 million different species of animals, insects, and plants spread across 7 continents. Exploring the 7 continents was made famous by Richard Bass because in 1983 he climbed the highest peak on each continent.
But that was with Mt Kosciuszko in Australia being counted at the ‘7th’ summit. These days it is commonly accepted that Carstenzs Pyramid in Indonesia is the official 7th summit of the Australasian tectonic plate. Patrick Morrow (Canada) was the first to climb these in 1986
Skiing the seven continent is all about exploring the globe and experiencing different adventures and cultures, while getting good turns. As far as skiing or snowboarding the seven continent goes, the ‘7th’ continent really must go to the West Coast of New Zealand as it lies on the edge of the Australasian tectonic plate, and has ‘real skiing’, unlike the flatter mountains in Australia.
Skiing the Seven Continents:
Antarctica: Skiing on the Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica is seen by many as the ‘Last Frontier’ for skiing and snowboarding due to its remote location and difficulty of access. An expedition to Antarctica is an exotic, life changing experience very few people have the opportunity to experience. Lean about skiing the Antarctica Peninsula here and about skiing inland Antarctica here.
Asia: Skiing in the historic state of Kashmir, northern India.
Gulmarg is Kashmir’s unique ski area. It’s big mountain nirvana, skiing massive gondola assisted back country runs, deep powder, superb trees or wide open alpine slopes, Kashmiri culture, great food and when it’s snowing, some exquisite 4WD taxi, or touring through trees. It’s a powder skiing paradise and there’s never the need to do nothing, unless you are tired of course. Learn about skiing in Kashmir here.
Australasia: Skiing in New Zealand’s enormous Southern Alps.
Wanaka and Queenstown form NZ’s skiing capital and although the resorts are small, the back country touring is world class. Fine wine, great food and comfortable living are all on offer with day trips into the mountains to ski high above the sheep filled valleys, never far from the oceans on either cost. Lean about ski touring in NZ here, and about heli-skiing here. But if you want to actually step onto the Australasian tectonic plate you will need to go ski touring on the wild West Coast.
Europe: Get off the beaten track and ski the Caucus Mountains of Russia.
Elbrus is a giant dormant volcano, which separates Europe from Asia and consequently has become one of the “Seven Summits” as the highest summit on the European continent. Ski from it’s summit, or just on it’s flanks during an Eastern adventure. Learn about skiing in Russia here.
Africa: Skiing in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
Skiing in Morocco can also be hugely rewarding. The scenery is spectacular, the mountains are gloriously uncrowded and the cost is a fraction of what you can expect to spend elsewhere. Most importantly, skiing in Morocco allows you to get off the beaten track and indulge your sense of adventure. The novelty of being able to say that you’ve carved powder in Africa makes the effort of doing so worthwhile. I can organise private trips to ski in Morocco.
North America: Home of powder skiing.
There are hundreds of ski resorts and back country options in Canada and America. Large snow falls, hugh resorts and fantastic tree skiing all add to the flavour of skiing the North American continent. The skiing in British Columbia and Utah are among my favourites.
South America: Skiing mixed with Spanish.
South America is huge and the Andes mountain range is the longest mountain range in the world with the tallest mountains on Earth outside the Himalayas. The best skiing and snowboarding in the Andes is in the southern part of the continent and it can be phenomenal. South America is raw, rad, and wild. If the snow isn’t just right, the culture most certainly is. You ski in Argentina as part of our Antarctica Peninsula expedition so you can tick two continents on one trip!
Each of the continents of the world is unique. Each has its own cultures, languages, climate, geographic features and identity. As a result of this diversity, every continent is divided into several countries with the exception of Antarctica (which currently has no countries within its borders.) Currently, there are 195 countries across the seven continents.
Get out there and explore with your skis or board in tow….