Arctic Powder & Ski-Touring Experience

The pistes are just there to get you to the off-piste! If you are looking for easy-access, unlimited backcountry terrain with expert guiding from the comfort of your resort base, this is the trip for you. The ski-touring taster adds a different view into the world of off-piste skiing.
Richard Rice
Founder & Chairman
The pistes are just there to get you to the off-piste! If you are looking for easy-access, unlimited backcountry terrain with expert guiding from the comfort of your resort base, this is the trip for you. The ski-touring taster adds a different view into the world of off-piste skiing.
Richard Rice
Founder & Chairman

The Trip

Please note this trip is now fully booked for 2019.

The Trip

Discover Riksgransen's incredible backcountry wilderness, enjoying the perfect mix of guiding and instruction to improve your skills off-piste on our Arctic Powder & Ski-Touring Experience, hosted by Ski Safari founder Richard Rice.

Based north of the Arctic Circle in the snowsure Swedish resort of Riksgränsen, you'll explore the unlimited backcountry easily accessed from the ski area, including that of neighbouring resort, Björkliden, where you can see the Lapporten - the iconic Gateway to the Arctic. You’ll gain insight into the Scandinavian approach to the mountains while building confidence in the powder, and in addition you’ll try ski touring in one of the most perfectly serene places in the world.

Running from 21 to 28 April 2019, when you can expect excellent snow conditions (typically over 2.5m base) and long daylight hours (16 hours plus), the trip includes seven nights at the Riksgränsen Hotel (half board), six day Riksgränsen/Björkliden lift pass, five days professional guiding/instruction, one half day of ski touring and return flights and transfers. Our founder, Richard Rice, will be on hand throughout.

There will also be an option to add more ski-touring (variable prices – please call us for details), heli-skiing (from around £450pp for 3 run package) and/or cat-skiing (from around £80pp) - these are not included in the package price.

The trip is aimed at confident intermediate and above skiers (able to ski parallel turns on red and black pisted runs), with possibly a little powder experience and the desire to learn more. However, if you are already an experienced off-piste skier and wish to join a group trip, we can accommodate you too.

For a taste of what to expect, take a look at our trip report from a staff visit in March 2017.

Maximum of eight places. We expect this trip to sell out quickly. Call us on 01273 224068 or email [email protected] to secure your place.

Riksgränsen

Riksgränsen

The world's most northerly ski resort is a true wilderness experience. We love it for the endless off-piste, the Northern Lights and the midnight sun. North of the Arctic Circle, Riksgränsen ski holidays are completely unique. Here, the lifts open in February and don’t close until June. It’s a magnet for freeriders, with a heli-ski drop zone that's bigger than the Netherlands. The free shuttle to neighbouring Björkliden gives you access to even more off piste.

Ski touring is also high on the agenda in this area and the terrain here offers a great introduction to this traditional way of accessing the mountain. A half day taster is included in the itinerary.

The Accommodation

The Accommodation

Riksgränsen Hotel Exterior

The Riksgränsen Hotel offers good facilities and a range of accommodation, from simply furnished "skiers" rooms to the more stylish "hotel" rooms. For this trip, your stay is based on taking one of the more stylish and spacious “hotel” rooms and includes half board meals served at the award-winning Lapplandia restaurant.

On site, there’s a ski rental shop with a good range of equipment for hire and a spa with indoor pool (local charge). This overlooks the Vassijaure frozen lake with hot tubs to relax in after a day out on the slopes. The slopes are a short walk away through a snow-covered tunnel.

After your day in the snow, relax by the fireplace, in the spa or head to the bar for afterski – après Scandinavian style. The underground bar has a stage, and live bands frequently perform here - it gets pretty lively at weekends! This is a resort for keen skiers and snowboarders only, and the atmosphere in the hotel is electric.

What's Included

What's Included

The Arctic Powder & Ski-Touring Experience will be taking place from 21-28 April 2019 and costs from £2,600pp on a twin share basis and £3,100pp for a single room including:

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Kiruna via Stockholm (one piece of checked luggage per person)
  • Transfers to and from resort
  • 7 nights at Riksgränsen Hotel on half board basis
  • 6 day Riksgränsen/Björkliden lift pass
  • 5 days guiding/instruction in Riksgränsen/Björkliden
  • Avalanche training
  • 6 days hire of backpack, shovel, probe and transceiver
  • 1 half day (3 hours) guided ski touring in Björkliden, including touring rental equipment
  • Hosted by our founder, Richard Rice

* Prices are subject to flight prices at time of booking.

How to Book

How to Book

Please note this trip is now fully booked for 2019.

Call our Scandinavia expert Andy on 01273 224 068 or email [email protected] to confirm your place or to find out more about skiing in the Arctic Circle.

All our ski holidays are tailor-made, so if you want to continue skiing in Riksgränsen, move on to another resort or perhaps spend a few nights in Stockholm before heading home, we can help you make the most of your time in the Arctic. Andy can advise on the best options for extending your trip.

Not for you?

Try our Canada Steep Deep & Heli-Ski Trip.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224068 for advice from our ski specialists.