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Spring in the Arctic

Updated: June 28, 2010, 2:48 PM ET
By Devon O'Neil

How do you describe a two-week ski expedition that involves a 10-hour, 150-mile snowmobile approach, climbing and descending giant, virgin couloirs in pink light from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., in front of Warren Miller cameras, on a Norwegian island 500 miles south of the North Pole, where polar bears are not only large but also hungry?

If you are Reggie Crist, you put it like so: "Usually on trips like this, you go somewhere really far away and basically pretend to go skiing. But not only ...

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