Skier, mountaineer, biker and all round adventurer Squash Falconer has just returned from a Ski Touring trip in the Norwegian Fjords, and we caught up with her to find out why this is an absolute must-do trip for every snow sports and outdoor enthusiast.
Squash spent a week on board a majestic sail boat, The Wyvern av Aalesund, which comfortably accommodated six people along with their skis. The aptly named ‘ski and sail trip’ started in Alesund, which is known as the gateway to the Sunnmore Alps. From their they sailed around the Fjords and in an environment where the snow line touches the water. The idea of ski touring from the boat makes complete and utter sense, explains Squash...
“Flying down the knee-deep powder to gliding along the smooth waters in the fjord was an effortless transition. Stepping on board the ship with ski boots on is not exactly something you want to get wrong though!”
This is the third time that Squash has been out to Norway, but only the second-time ski touring. It seems to be not only Norway’s reputation for incredible touring that takes skiers back time and time again, but a combination of top-notch snow with stunning backdrops and intriguing history that makes it a winner every time for many aspiring nomads.
“Each time you visit this place you discover there’s more and more to do and see. There’s something so magical about the jagged steep mountains that rise out of the deep blue fjords, so whether you’re there to simply see the beauty or get involved in activities you can do there, it’s a place for everyone”.
Wherever you choose to go, spring is the best time to think about ski touring due to the longer days and favourable conditions. Choosing to tour amongst the Fjords means that you get the incredible experience of skinning up peaks and skiing right back down to the water’s edge.
“Being on the boat was a fabulous experience. Sailing in the fjord next to the staggering mountains was unforgettable. We also had great powder and the peaks Norway offers are vast”.
This is not something for first time skiers but you can plan a bespoke trip or easily arrange a guide/instructor once you arrive. However, an intermediate skier with some off piste skiing experience will feel comfortable. Some experience ski touring will help, but it's not a prerequisite as you can tailor your trip to suit your needs, whatever your skill level. Squash lives out in the Alps throughout the winter and still encountered challenging steep tree skiing...
“There are so many choices for touring so you can make it as challenging as you like. If steep skiing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of less intimidating peaks to choose”.
Regardless of experience level, weather can cause challenges. And this is something you just need to accept as part and parcel of a trip to Norway.
“Expecting blue skies every day is unrealistic. It’s best to embrace the weather and get on with it. Even in bad weather, the fjords and mountains are still spectacular”.
Ski & Sail - Adventure in Hjorundfjorden, all-inclusive NOK 29.500/ Euro 3100 pp
IFMGA Mountain Guide Sverre Hjelmeland - Day rate: NOK 4.500 /Euro 480
Orsta Ski Centre - a part of Alpepass with 9 different lift systems, all within 1.5 hours of drive from each other. A lift pass costs just 300NOK (around 30 euros) and allows you access to 9 of the ski centers in the area.
Flights to Alesund with KLM & SAS
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