Last May, Ice Axe Expeditions traveled to the archipelago of Svalbard, Norway, just 600 miles below the North Pole. There, in one of the most far-off places in the world to ski, I co-guided two groups under 24 hours of continuous daylight, accessing terrain by sailboat and Zodiac. Along with skiing a remote corner of the globe comes the opportunity to pioneer first ascents and descents, and the terrain in Svalbard is a global epicenter for couloir skiing. Here are nine couloirs that represent the uniqueness of getting walled in above the Arctic Circle.
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