SOUTH POLE Full Ski Messner-Fuchs Start

Trip Information

Location: Antarctica
Days: 54
Dates: November 11, 2018 - January 3, 2019
Skill Level: Advanced, Skiing and Winter Skills
Manimum Group Size: 3 Clients
Cost of Trip: $70,000 USD

Antarctica Payment Policies: Final Balance for Antarctica trips will be due 100 days prior to trip start date

Trip begins in Punta Arenas, Chile

We plan on running a full South Pole Ski expedition in the 2018 season. Contact us for details on joining the trip.

Our small team of guides brings significant polar expedition skills from past South Pole, North Pole, and Greenland expeditions.

The South Pole

Our South Pole Expedition for 2018 Season

  • Polar adventurer/guide Ryan Waters leading the expedition 
  • In 2010, Ryan and Cecilie Skog completed a 1,117 mile/1,800 kilometer Antarctic ski expedition over 70 days from Berkner Island in the Ronne/Filchner Sea to the South Pole, continuing to the Ross Sea to complete the first ski traverse of Antarctica without resupplies or the use of kites. He and Eric Larsen skied unsupported to the North Pole in Spring 2014, completing the journey in 53 days, making Ryan the first American to complete the Adventurers Grand Slam with unsupported full ski trips to both poles. He is the first American to ski unsupported full length trips to both poles and has also guided a 44 day full trip to the South Pole via the Messner/Fuchs route.
  • Guide staff with multiple South Pole ski expeditions

Highlights of our Trip

  • Veteran American Polar Ski guides to ensure seamless delivery and safety procedures
  • Access to satellite phone and email, dispatches of the team progress on our news site
  • 3 Resupplies along the way
  • Emphasis is placed on providing high end logistics, staff, equipment and services to a small team of skiers

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Trip Description and Why Go With Us

The South Pole Ski trip is a unique opportunity to complete one of the worlds greatest adventures. Mountain Professionals is well positioned to offer polar expeditions because our staff includes polar adventurers with in-depth experience including multiple North Pole, South Pole, and Greenland expeditions.

In 2010, guides Ryan Waters and Cecilie Skog completed the first unsupported/unassisted ski traverse (no resupplies, no kites, only human power) of Antarctica covering 1,800 kilometers in a 70 day expedition. Ryan Waters has gone on to guide an unsupported full length ski expedition with 3 clients, and ski unsupported to the North Pole. Polar guide Eric Larsen is one of just a few other Americans to lead or guide expeditions to both the North and South Poles. Join our qualified Mountain Professionals guides for a full ski trip to the South Pole via the Messner start.

Our adventure begins in Punta Arenas, Chile, where we prepare our expedition sleds, food, fuel and supplies. We take great care in our pre-expedition planning to develop a strong and efficient team. It crucial to have a well prepared, highly functional team for travel in Antarctica.

Polar Travel

We fly from the southern tip of Chile to Union Glacier on the continent of Antarctica. Here we make last preparations to gear and our expedition sleds. We will take several days to acclimate to Antarctica and to enjoy some beautiful "warm up" ski tours around the surrounding landscape prior to the flight to our starting point.

The Messner-Fuchs start is a traditional launching point for full ski trips and traverses some 900 kilometers (486 nautical miles) over the Antarctic continent to reach the South Pole at an elevation of 2,835 meters (9,306 feet). This challenging route begins at the coast of Antarctica along the Ronne Ice Shelf and works its way through the Foundation Ice Stream. Skiing onwards we cross large expanses of wind carved snow and ice features before navigating close to the isolated Thiel mountains and on to the Pole.

Our team goal will be to reach the geographic South Pole in good style. This is a very challenging expedition and requires team-members to work together to overcome extreme challenges on a daily basis for an extended period of days. The pre-expedition training regime is demanding and is very important to a successful ski expedition of this length.

Team Member

Trip Cost Includes

  • Mountain Professionals polar guides.
  • Flights from Punta Arenas, Chile to Union Glacier, Antarctica and back.
  • Accommodations in Antarctica in tents.
  • All transportation, according to the program.
  • Personal specialized gear - skis, binding, sleds, pulling harness.
  • All permits and fees.
  • All meals according to the program after leaving Punta Arenas.
  • Group equipment, tents, stoves, safety, etc.
  • Navigation equipment, compasses, GPS, maps.
  • Communication, satellite phones, dispatches.
  • Ability to send and receive email and photographs via satellite system.


Price does not include

  • International Airfare to and from Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Food, beverages, while in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Lodging costs in Punta Arenas, Chile.
  • Cancellation, Medical, and travel insurance (which you must provide yourself).
  • Personal clothing and equipment.
  • Expenses of personal nature.

Please contact us for a full expedition information packet and detailed itinerary.