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My Favorite Places to Ski. Dream Destinations with Adventure Medical Kits’ Ambassador Kim Havell:

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Kim

Adventure, for me, feels best when you are alone with your team and when you go deep into the environment. And, if you’re going to be remote, you’d better be prepared. So, I always have Adventure Medical Kits with me for my favorite adventures.

Here are Kim’s Top 3 places to Adventure Ski

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Antarctica

Why?

Remote, pristine, and serenely beautiful, Antarctica is a mind-blowing skiing destination with abundant wildlife and no humans – except for those with whom you floated over from the southernmost point of Argentina (Ushuaia). Head to shore in a zodiac and start your ski tour with penguins, seals and perhaps some whales out in the bays below. Post-skiing you can take a polar plunge amongst the floating icebergs or scout for more skiing opportunities amongst the miles of untouched mountains off the peninsula.

 

Wind River Ski Mountaineering, May 2014

Wind River Range WY: photo by Jim Harris

Wind River Range WY

Why?

The Wind River Range has dramatic and beautiful peaks with an incredible sense of isolation and quiet. If you can handle the long approach with enough gear and food for a week, then you will be rewarded with a place all to yourself. It’s just you and the bears out there. Camping is spectacular with a myriad of lakes and water features to choose from and in certain areas you can ski several peaks and routes in a day.

 

Great Atlas Traverse

Morocco: photo by Kris Erickson

Great Atlas Traverse

High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Why?

Another off-the-beaten track ski destination, the range stretches for many miles with all types of terrain. If you can time a visit with good snowfall, there is powder skiing in Africa. And, if the sun is out, then the corn skiing is as good as it gets with 3,000ft runs top to bottom. The slopes will be all yours with the stunning visual contrast of the Sahara desert stretching out in the distance below. Not much wildlife in this area but the Berber culture is friendly and welcoming when you get back to nearby villages.

 

About Kim Havell

Currently based in Jackson, WY, Kim Havell started her career as an alpine ski coach in the Telluride, CO valley. From there, she gradually made the transition into freeskiing, climbing and ski mountaineering. She has been an instructor and/or guide for Ice Axe Expeditions, San Juan Outdoor School, CVA, Babes in the Backcountry, H2O Heli Guides, as well as a 12 year member of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team (and Advisory Board member), with medical and rescue certifications.

Kim has skied on all 7 continents, with 1st descents on 4, and adventured in over 50 countries. During her travels, she has climbed and skied big peaks in the Himalaya & the Karakorum, the highest mountains across the US, with 1st descents both at home and abroad including in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Kim has numerous first female descents in Southwest Colorado, climbed and skied both the Grand Teton and Mt. Moran in a 2 day period, completed multiple ascents and ski descents of 13ers & 14ers, and cut lines on peaks in France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Alaska, Russia, and Japan. She has climbed numerous peaks in the Himalayas including Lobuche (6553m) and Ama Dablam (6888m) in Nepal, as well as an expedition to Gasherbrum II (8032m), Pakistan, with some skiing from 7400m, a womens expedition that skied from the summit of Denali (6194m), an Argentina trip of multiple ski descents in the Horcones Valley and on Aconcagua, a ski exploration expedition to Morocco’s Central High Atlas Mtns with 6 summit ski descents, and a complete ski descent from 7,400m on Shishapangma in Tibet in 2010.

In 2014/15, Kim went on trips to Peru, The Yukon, Revelstoke BC, Germany, Zion National Park, the Wind River Range, WY, and exploratory ski trip in the Patagonian Andes, and is ramping up for adventures in both guiding and personal expeditions moving forward. In addition to being a professional athlete, Havell also works as a Freelance Writer, Guide, and Photographer. More info at http://havelltravels.com/about/.