Ski touring

Often called Ski mountaineering or Randonee

About the course

To travel through an ever-changing winter landscape is a majestic experience. Its always changing moment by moment.

Winter time in Norway is special, the landscape is can often be a brutal cold beauty and then suddenly as the weather changes a dynamic swirling majesty!

In recent years there has been a shift from what has been knick-named “Instagram steep” to a more realistic approach to ski touring and matching the skiers, their abilities and terrain to match for the safest and most enjoyable experience, rather than following other people ideals. There are loads of mountains in Norway, and often when the weather is poor you can enjoy lower level tree skiing at angles that even the most modest skiers feel they can master and enjoy.

Our ski touring courses follow in two forms, pure ski-touring and ski touring with winter skills.

In essence, the ski-touring with winter skills involves learning essential skills to make your tour enjoyable and safe. We hear a lot about avalanches these days and with careful planning, knowledge and having a sense for winter we can reduce the chance of being taken by an avalanche markedly.

The course will focus heavily on what is called “the human factor”  and “self-reflection” both these area are turning out to be vital in avoiding being caught in an avalanche.

The main focus is on gaining knowledge and learning, therefore, the tours are not technical or demanding and will suit all abilities of ski competence.

We keep our groups small with the focus on good communication and learning environment.

Course objectives:

  • Having a sense of snow
  • Basic understanding of Avalanches
  • Decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Give instruction and exercises that are practical and useful for group travel within avalanche terrain
  • Buddy rescue
  • Ski touring discipline, skiing up and skiing down
  • Human factors – group dynamics
  • Navigation
  • What to wear and what to carry
  • Equipment and how to use it

Combine it with other courses

This course can be combined with ski-touring and winter skills to make a package.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available on our farm from 250 NOK per person per night. Find it out more here.

Flights, train and getting there

From the Airport, you can take the “flytoget”  which is an express train to Oslo central station.  From there it is a short walk from the bus station.  You can take the Valdres Express bus  From Oslo central to Fagernes Skysstasjon which is about 20min from my house.  The bus is comfortable, has free wifi and takes about 3 hours.  I like taking the bus to Oslo as I can look out the window and see all the waterfalls and dream about ice climbing 🙂
Nearly all participants on previous courses have travelled by the above method, and they have described it as straightforward and easy.

Equipment hire

If you need to rent equipment, that is no problem, just let us know in advance. You will receive a list of required items upon booking.

Booking enquiry

Skills level

Difficulty

Endurance

    

 

No previous avalanche skills necessary. Must be able to travel on skis or snowshoes.

Course Itinerary

We use first evening inside with theory, the rest of the course is practical instruction outside, traveling in avalanche terrain.

Dates

We can take group or individual bookings.

Dates: You decide 🙂

Equipment

Upon registration, we will send you a complete equipment list. There should not be any surprises on the equipment list. We will be using standard ski touring equipment and we have good contacts to hire third-party equipment.

Prices

Price range: 

Depending on the length of course and number of people attending between 3000 nok for a 2 days course to 7000 nok for a 6 days course.

In addition:

Cost of accommodation at 250 nok per person per night in our mountain lodge.

Hire of third-party ski equipment is in addition and depends on what you want.

Included

Included in Price:
– all guide/instructor fees and expenses.
– all instructional material and location rental.

Not Included in Price:
– personal ski/avalanche rescue equipment and clothing.
– transportation to/from course location.
– lodging.
– travel insurance