South Pole 20k Ski Expedition

Ski the "final dash", the last 20 kilometers to the South Pole!

The 20k Ski Expedition is the perfect choice for individuals with busy schedules or those who are not interested in a longer ski expedition. Join us if you feel the urge to explore and revel in one of the world's wildest and most beautiful environments! The South Pole beckons to adventurous souls.


  • Itinerary
  • Equipment List
  • Qualifications
  • Dates & Rates
  • Trip Insurance
  • Testimonials
  • Blogs

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Daily Itinerary

Day 1-2
Arrive in Punta Arenas. Gear check and pre-flight briefing.
Day 3
Weather permitting we'll fly to Antarctica.
Day 4
Spend the day at Union Glacier basecamp.
Day 5-6
Weather permitting, we'll fly to the South Pole during this time.
Day 7-8
These days are built into the itinerary to give you time to explore the area surrounding Union Glacier basecamp, and also to allow for weather delays with the South Pole flight.
Day 9
Weather permitting we'll depart for the return flight to Punta Arenas. The following morning head out to explore this beautiful region, or head to the airport for your flight home.

South Pole 20K Ski : Equipment List

Upon registration, you will receive a PolarExplorers comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants.

  • 1 insulated parka with hood (available to rent)
  • 1 pair insulated pants (available to rent)
  • 1 pair snow pack ski boots (available to rent)
  • 1 pair wool, silk, or synthetic long underwear tops and bottoms.
  • 2 pair heavy wool or synthetic socks
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (mid weight)
  • 1 wool or fleece sweater (heavy weight)
  • 1 neck gaiter
  • 1 pair wool or synthetic gloves
  • 1 pair wool or fleece mittens
  • 1 pair sunglasses or snow goggles
  • Casual clothing for Punta Arenas (shirt, pants, socks, pajamas, underwear, etc.)
  • 1 pair slippers for inside the mess tent
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.)
  • Personal medications (with prescription for customs!)

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Qualifications

Our North and South Pole Flights are for people who want to experience the North & South Poles, but don't have the time, energy or funding to do a full expedition. People on these Flights have ranged in age from 1 to 81 years! All of these trips require that you can climb several stairs into and out of the plane as well as being able to walk across the uneven terrain of the ice. We can assist you as necessary.

The South Pole Flight requires you to sleep in a tent (with a very warm sleeping bag). To best enjoy this adventure you should be in moderate shape. Contact us if you have any questions or to register for this great trip of a lifetime here.

South Pole 20K Ski Expedition Dates & Rates

2015 Dates

December 31, 2014 – January 14, 2015


Please contact us for pricing


Includes all accommodations and meals while in Antarctica, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear.

Expeditions Trip Insurance

Trip cancellation insurance is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for every PolarExplorers expedition.

Medical Evacuation insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 USD is required on every PolarExplorers expedition.

Select a policy below to receive a quote or purchase a policy:

I live in the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Choose the TRAVEL SELECT policy and add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

Travel Guard

Trip Cancellation & Medical Evacuation Purchase the policy within 14 days to get a pre-exisisting medical condition wavier.

Single Trip Medical Evacuation

Important! You must include the optional Adventure Sports coverage upgrade if you are climbing any mountains or traveling in rope teams. (Pre-existing medical coverage is not available with this policy.)

I live Outside the USA or Canada

Travelex Insurance

Important! Add the ADVENTURE PLUS PAK to receive appropriate medical evacuation coverage.

South Pole 20K Ski Testimonials

Tony ValukisA wonderful trip, with a truly extraordinary group of people . It was absolutely a delight traveling with our Dirk (our PE Guide) he couldn’t have been more helpful and encouraging.  He certainly knows how to fry polish sausage in butter.

Tony Valukis

Scott AndersonMy first glimpse of the Pole marker as we were approaching on our skis will stay with me forever. It's a place I'm unlikely to be again. Even if by some strange chance I find myself there again, to see it for the first time, and to have made it there myself on skis, it's a feeling I don't think I will ever duplicate.

Scott Anerson

  • Toughest day, low light

    Today the team reports the toughest day so far, with very low visibility and an ascent of 400 feet. This brings their elevation to 1670 feet. Skiing in low visibility is challenging in more ways than one.

    Written on Saturday, 29 November 2014 01:48 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Happy Thanksgiving to our Team

    The guys have enjoyed another great day of progress toward the pole. The day began cloudy but cleared up in the afternoon. The team covered 12 nautical miles over 8.5 hours of travel in -12°C temperatures. As you can see in their photo, the men are in good spirits and we are thankful for it.

    More to come tomorrow.

    Written on Friday, 28 November 2014 00:32 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Nice weather but rougher snow conditions

    Our team reported in today that they had another great day. They covered 12 nautical miles with clear skies and a temperature of -13 C. There was slightly more wind today with the average being 3 kts from the south.

    Written on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 23:37 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Day One on the Trail

    The team had a great day today. They covered 13 nautical miles and gained 300 ft. of elevation in 8.5 hours of travel. The weather is clear and calm with unlimited visibility. Temps were hovering arouind -10°C and the guys were actually getting a little hot while skiing. Spirits are still high and the team is ready to get back at it tomorrow.

    Listen to Keith as he recaps yesterday.

    Written on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 23:30 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • The Expedition is Finally Underway

    The team is finally on their way! They were dropped off at 5:30pm today and decided to ski for a bit before making camp for their first of many nights on the trail. The temperature was -10 C and calm with some wispy clouds high up. Today the team covered 1.7 nautical miles.

    All members are very excited to finally be underway and anxious to put on some real mileage tomorrow.

    Stay tuned!

    Written on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 01:16 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Arrived at Union Glacier

    The guys left Punta Arenas this morning at 10am and arrived at Union Glacier Base Camp at 2:20pm. It is a Beautiful day at base camp. No wind and a temperature of -11C. Tents are up and they are settling in. The team plans to head out tomorrow for an overnight gear shakedown and return the following day to depart for the Messner route starting point. Stay warm and stay tuned!

    Written on Sunday, 23 November 2014 01:19 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Up Up and Away... Soon

    Nothing left for the team to do now but sit on their hands and wait for the flight to Antarctica. After a meeting today, hopes are high that the weather will allow a flight tomorrow to Union Glacier Base Camp on an Ilyushin IL76. Check out a video of the plane they will be flying on here.

    The team is in high spirits, bu anxious to trade their shoes for boots and skis. We'll keep you posted as the flight developments arise.

    Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 23:06 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • 14 Days and Counting!

    It's hard to believe that in two weeks Stuart, Tom, Nat and Chris will be meeting in Punta Arenas, Chile to embark on their South Pole Expedition. All their food and gear has been shipped to Punta Arenas, where it has arrived safely. Upon arrival in Punta the boys will unpack and repack their kits, making lists and count them twice to make sure that everything is in order.

    They will be reporting in daily with their progress and position. Make sure to check back starting on December 4th for the official start to this blog.

    Meet the team here!

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:39 in 2014 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • The Calm Before the Craziness
    The team phone in today that they are all done with the hard work... the hard work of packing, that is. Their kit has been sorted, re-sorted, packed just the way they want it, weighed and collected.  Now they can relax, eat some good food and visualize the journey ahead.
    As you can see from the photo of Andy they are all about business with little room for pleasure. In reality they are having a great time and they feel good about their progress so far. Tomorrow they have a final meeting with the logistical support crew and a social hour in the evening with other people who will be on their flight to Antarctica.
    Our fingers are crossed that the weather will hold for their flight on Friday! Make sure to listen to the audio update from the team (they each say hello and they are EXCITED!). Congrats to Ian for winning the "guess the weight contest". Unfortunately the call cuts out just as Bradley introduces the "Uber, excited, and already practicing his walking, Andy Styles!
    We will have to catch Andy's update next time.
    Check back again soon!

    (Haven't met the team yet? Read their bio's here)

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:20 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • South Pole Last Degree Ski Team (December)

    Meet our intrepid South Pole Last Degree Ski Team, made up of Stuart Mitchell, Tom Henderson and Nat Greene along with PolarExplorers guide Chris Maher. Follow along on their expedition here!

    Meet our team!

    Stuart Mitchell - United Kingdom

    Stuart has his own investment management business based in London. He specialises in European equities. He is a keen mountaineer and has always dreamt of going to the South Pole. He is married with 3 young children and is a keen pianist.


    Nat Greene - United Kingdom, USA

    I have never planned to visit the South Pole but when Stuart asked me to go in May I surprised myself and said yes.  So far I have really enjoyed the training and learning about how to survive in extreme conditions.  The shakedown trip in Iceland was a must and full of leadership lessons.

    My wife and four kids are excited that I am going and supportive if somewhat nervous.  I live in Marblehead, MA and run a consulting practice.


    Chris Maher - USA

    Chris Maher loves cold weather and the two activities that go best with it - skiing and running dogs. His passion for the adventurous life has led him to Greenland where he has guided expeditions on both coasts and has lived in Scoresbysund. When he's not guiding or training his own dog teams you'll find him in Alaska or along the Canadian border running freight by dog teams for the US Forest Service. Chris is easy to like, positive, and he's got enough energy to power the sun on a cloudy day.

    Written on Thursday, 20 November 2014 16:47 in 2014 South Pole Last Degree Ski Expedition
  • Off and Running

    The team reported in late yesterday. Everyone eagerly waiting in Punta Arenas and making their final preparations for travel to Antarctica. The cargo has been unpacked and organized. All are double and triple-checking their personal kit and trimming it down to the essentials for thriving (not just surviving) the long days of skiing ahead. Stay tuned for audio updates as the expedition progresses, and enjoy a picture of Ian Evans (who will be the oldest Canadian to ski the full distance to the South Pole).

    Tomorrow the team will continue packing and spend some time shopping to round out their lunch supplies foe the entire expedition.

    Written on Monday, 17 November 2014 14:52 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • The gear is on its way!

    Wohoo! All our food and much of our kit for our South Pole expedition season is on its way to Chile. Over 200 kg of high calorie food made up the bulk of the cargo. When we get to Punta Arenas we will be repacking and organizing the food into rations that will be dropped to the expedition.

    In a little over one week the first team members will head to Chile. Everyone will gather in Punta Arenas on November 16 to kick off the expedition.

    Make sure to check back on the 16th for the official start of this blog. And don't forget to meet the team members here.

    Written on Tuesday, 04 November 2014 19:32 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Full South Pole Team

    Meet the hearty team members of our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition.

    Written on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Two weeks and counting...

    How quickly time flies! It seems like just yesterday that this expedition was more than a year off. Now it is just around the corner!

    Our 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition using the Messner Route will kick off in Punta Arenas on November 16. After several days of preparations the team will depart for Antarctica on November 21.

    We invite you to follow their progress, hear about their triumphs and struggles and learn about Antarctica!

    This blog will officially start on November 16, 2014, so check back soon!

    Written on Thursday, 30 October 2014 04:15 in 2014 Full South Pole Ski Expedition
  • Expedition Iceland's Final Day

    Returning from Vatnajökull

    After a good night's rest the team had an early start to their last day on the Vatnajokull.

    Written on Thursday, 29 May 2014 21:26 in Expedition Updates


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