Greenland is a largely snow covered land (80% of it is beneath permanent ice) with peaks as high as 3700m (Gunnbjørn Fjeld) and lots of superb ski terrain. It has gained increasing autonomy in recent decades, but remains a self-governing dependency of Denmark.
Thanks to its northerly latitude the ski season can also continue right through spring with April and May often the best time to ski here.
What Greenland lacks is the population to make Greenland ski areas commercially viable (there are less than 60,000 living here), however you can ski Greenland at half a dozen small ski centres – usually with just a single drag lifts – in most cases close to the major population centres.
Well-heeled adventure travellers also have some exceptional heliskiing opportunities. Greenland Heliskiing, based 60 kilometres north of Maniitsoq (which itself has a reputation as the country’s main base for summer ski touring activities), in the tiny village of Kangaamiut for example operate on the wild terrain on the West coast of the country (not that much of it isn’t wild) and offer 2000m runs right down to the water’s edge on the coast.
Settlements with small ski lift operations set up primarily for the enjoyment of locals include an operation on the island of Tupilak, 1000m from Aasiaat across the ice which was built in the late 1990s and has rental equipment available if you’ve forgotten your own. Nuuk's reported two drag lifts start behind the capital’s airport and continue to the top of Quassussuaq. From here you can enjoy the view over Nuuk, Akia (Nordlandet), islands, peninsulas and the sea. read more...
Greenland: latest snow conditions round-up
Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Greenland. Fresh snow is forecast at 1 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.
Ski resorts of Greenland, alphabetically
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