I’m standing on top of a snow blasted, anvil flat peak on the Troll Peninsula in the north of Iceland with heliski guide Jokull ‘JB’ Bergmann and a group of over-excited clients; JB has just told us that we’re about to make the first descent of a mountain that has never been ridden before.
“Thousands” comes the laconic reply.
And that’s just one small part of one small country. Which, if you think about it, means that there must be hundreds of thousands of unridden or uskied peaks around the world. If not more…
So, if you’re sick of lift lines and tracked out slopes, read on to find out where you can get first tracks every day.
1) Í Fjörðum, Iceland
My visit to the Troll Peninsula whetted my appetite to return to Iceland the following year, but this time rather than whizzing around in a helicopter we were sailing along the coast of the Í Fjörðum region to the east of the Troll Peninsula.
We used a 20-metre schooner as a ski base from which to head ashore and discover this perpetually snowcapped landscape of mountains and moorlands, which like the Troll Peninsula has enough peaks to keep the average snow-loving misanthrope happy until the end of time.