There are no ski resorts in Antarctica, seeing as there are no cities in Antarctica and only a few thousand permanent residents living at research stations. But accessible via a hearty two-day sailing excursion, from the southern tip of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego across the Drake Passage to the northern tip of Antarctica near Wilhelmina Bay, this remote icy region is famous for its extreme weather and gorgeous open vistas -- and, for some people, skiing.
“If you get a sunny day, there’s no place more spectacular on the planet,” says adventure skier Charlie Sanders, who describes spectacular mountains, blue skies, and “the reflective calm of the water in the bay teeming with wildlife.” Penguins curiously check out your equipment before you hike up from the ocean around 1,000 to 1,500 vertical feet and ski right down to the water. In summer you can enjoy 20 hours of sunlight, so there’s plenty of time to get your runs in. (You can also bivouac on the mountainside, if you’re really hardcore -- which, if you're skiing in Antarctica in the first place, you undoubtedly are.)