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To stand on a peak after having climbed it under your own power, to take in a stunning Norwegian mountain vista, looking down to the fjord 1500m below, before beginning a thrilling off-piste descent through virgin snow, is a truly magnificent feeling.
Alpine Ski Touring in Romsdal takes place during the "spring winter" in April, when the snow conditions are still ideal for skiing in the mountains, there are long hours or daylight and the taste of spring in the air.
The location for your ski adventure is the region of Romsdal, one of Norway's and indeed the world's most spectacular areas for alpine ski touring. Based in the area around the valleys of Romsdalen and Eikesdalen, you have a number of classic peaks within reach, including Kirketaket, Goksøyra, Skjorta and Blånebba.
The particular summits aimed for during the tour will be dictated by snow and weather conditions, under the leadership of your guide, Oskar, an experienced mountain guide and avalanche technician. A typical day tour will involve between 700m and 1500m of total vertical height gain taking a total of between 4 and 10 hours for ascent and downhill run (normally closer to 4 hours than 10).
Accommodation is in a modern Scandinavian-style cabin right on the shore of Lake Eikesdal. Each day you will head out for a day's ski touring in the surrounding area before returning to the cabin to eat and relax together in the evening. Meals are included and the group will cook and eat together. As far as possible, ingredients used are organic and from the local area.
Choose between a full week of summit adventures (8 days/7 nights arrival + departure + 6 days' ski touring) or, if time is limited, join for part of the week for a 5-day/4-night experience.
In addition to the thrill and adventure of the skiing itself and the beauty of the mountain landscape, Summit Ski Touring in Romsdal gives you the opportunity improve your technique and knowledge of peak ascents, snow conditions, avalanche safety and general mountaincraft.
To participate in this tour, it is not necessary to have previous experience of peak tours, but you must be a proficient downhill skier with previous experience of off-piste skiing and have a good level of fitness and stamina for each day's climbing.
The peaks of Romsdal mountains are calling to you, you can hear their voices on the wind - will you answer?
NB: This type of ski touring goes by many names - "alpine touring", "randonnée", or in Swedish simply "topptur" (peak tour). Note that this tour differs both in equipment and type from our cabin-cabin ski touring experiences in Sweden.
What makes Romsdal such a good area for ski touring?
The combination of mountains and water makes for breathtaking scenery, offering wonderful views of the fjords from the peaks. The Romsdal region has hardly any glaciers, making touring potentially safer than in other locations. Compared to other ski touring regions, the peaks are at fairly low elevation, meaning lack of oxygen is never a consideration. Other regions of the world offering the possibility for the same vertical height gain would typically have more challenging conditions. Also, there is a wide choice of climbable peaks within a small area, offering a great deal of flexibility to adapt for different wind, weather and snow conditions as well as the ability of the group.
Please note that the programme is subject to change depending on weather and snow conditions.
Pick-up from Molde airport at 18.00 for transfer to your cabin accommodation by Lake Eikesdal (approx. 1.5 hours). Dinner and introduction to the days ahead.
Peak tours in the surrounding area. There is a wide choice of possible summits within reach, and which are ascended will depend on factors such as weather and snow conditions and the ability of the group. Typical height gain 700m-1500m per tour, typical during 4-10 hours for ascent + descent. Return each evening to your cabin accommodation to enjoy dinner together and reflect on the day's adventure.
Day 5 or Day 8 (depending on tour option chosen):
Breakfast followed by transfer arriving Molde airport 10.00 for departure.
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- Full week Sunday-Sunday (8 days/7 nights, arrival + departure + 6 days' skiing): 01.04-08.04.18, 08.04-15.04.18, 15.04-22.04.18, 22.04-29.04.18
- Half week Wednesday-Sunday (5 days/4 nights, arrival + departure + 3 days' skiing): 04.04-08.04.18, 11.04-15.04.18, 18.04-22.04.18, 25.04-29.04.18
Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.
|Half week Wednesday-Sunday/person (5 days/4 nights)||GBP 953||EUR 1,076|
|Full week Sunday-Sunday/person (8 days/7 nights)||GBP 1,334||EUR 1,506|
NB: Please note that ski and safety equipment is not included. It is compulsory to hire safety equipment if you do not have your own.
|Optional Extras (see description below)|
|Safety equipment/person (Half week)||GBP 33||EUR 37|
|Safety equipment/person (Full week)||GBP 54||EUR 61|
|Ski equipment/person (Half week)||GBP 108||EUR 121|
|Ski equipment/person (Full week)||GBP 150||EUR 170|
|Helmet/person (Half week)||GBP 27||EUR 31|
|Helmet/person (Full week)||GBP 43||EUR 49|
- Safety equipment: Transceiver, spade and probe. The tour will include practice with the safety equipment. NB: It is compulsory to hire this equipment if you do not have your own.
- Ski equipment: Randonnée package - skis, bindings, boots, climbing skins, poles.
- Helmet: It is strongly recommended to hire a helmet if you do not bring your own.
Shared rooms in modern lakeside cabin. There are two adjacent cabins, which each accommodate 5-6 persons in 2-person rooms (no bunk beds) and have WC/shower, drying room, free wifi, and open-plan kitchen/dining/living area with view of the lake and mountains. There is also a large outside wooden deck area facing the lake.
Everyone assists with tasks around the cabin such as preparing food, washing up, etc.
Example cabin accommodation for the tour. Photos: J. Hermansson
All meals are included from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day. The group will cook and eat together. As far as possible, ingredients used are organic and locally-sourced including local fish and game. Please advise any dietary requirements in advance.
Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.
Arrival/departure transfers between Molde airport and the cabin at fixed times (see "Itinerary"). Local transfers to reach locations of day tours each day. Transfers are with minibus.
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Ski equipment (available to hire if you do not have your own, please see Optional Extras below).
- Safety equipment* (compulsory - available to hire if you do not have your own, please see Optional Extras below).
- Helmet (compulsory - available to hire if you do not have your own, please see Optional Extras below).
*NB: If bringing your own safety equipment, this must include spade, avalanche probe and transceiver. Transceiver must be relatively modern digital transceiver from any of the following brands: Mammut, Barryvox, Ortovox, Arva or Pieps. Note that a Recco clothing transmitter is not a substitute for a transceiver.
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You must have a good level of fitness and stamina and be prepared for long, tiring days. Typical day tour requires vertical height gain 700m-1500m taking between 4 and 10 hours for ascent + downhill run.
You must be a proficient downhill skier with some experience of off-piste skiing. Previous experience of peak tours is not required.
Minimum age 18 years.
What makes this "Hard"?
Day ascents can be long, steep and challenging. Proficiency of technique for both ascents and descents may considerably influence the level of challenge experienced.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
No minimum. Tours are guaranteed to run from the first booking.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Oslo for domestic flight to Molde (1 hour) from where transfer to the cabin (around 1.5 hours) is included at fixed times.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Molde.
Max. group size 8 participants.
This provider has received a certification from the Swedish Ecotourism Society for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.
"Thanks for a great holiday. The guide, Oskar, was very knowledgeable and experienced in ski touring. He helped to make it a very enjoyable trip." Linus, April 2016
"The ski touring was tough, as expected. The scenery and service was brilliant, Oskar knew his stuff and he showed us the best of the area. You had a great option for 5 days away. Reasonable cost and time off work while getting a great scope of adventure." Jessamy, April 2016
"I appreciated the local food sourcing and focus on sustainability! [The best part was] the physical location and the amount of fresh snow which fell along with the variety of mountain weather. Good selection of routes available even in somewhat difficult weather/avalanche conditions." Carl, April 2016