Skiing Norway By Boat
Norway By Boat
Welcome to Svalbard, an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in the northernmost part of Norway. This is the location where a group of skiers -- including Marcus Caston, shown here -- recently notched off a series of first descents.
"Everything was filled in and conditions were perfect," says skier Kim Havell, who shot these images. "We got really lucky. Everyone was so psyched -- the energy was extraordinary." In this photo: Skier Sam Smoothy.
First, The Ascent
Skiers Marcus Caston and Sam Smoothy climb to the top of a peak in Norway. The skiers were based on a 62-foot steel-hulled sailboat called Artica II.
Sun Is Always Shining
The captain of the boat has been sailing in this area since 1991 and based on his knowledge, the group found many lines that had never been skied. Plus, with 24 hours of sunlight, there was no limit to how long they could ski each day.
The crew on the boat ranged from age 24 to 55. Here, 25-year-old Pete Gaston arcs a picturesque turn.
Zodiac on the Move
To reach the shore from their home base on the sailboat, the skiers used a Zodiac (or paddleboard). "It's a relatively small boat and we had a lot of people, but everyone got along," says Havell.