Ski Touring - Sunnmøre

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Ski Touring Level 3 4 days 6 participants

Overview

Note: This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Sunnmøre is one of Norway's most beautiful areas for ski touring trips. We will hunt for the best snow, the finest peaks and the best descents. We use taxi and ferry to reach pristine mountains and we stay at one of the most beautiful hotels in Sunnmøre.

 

Highlights

  • Accommodation at Hotel Union Øye
  • Skiing in the Sunnmøre Alps
  • Local guides

This is the dream trip for those who love skiing and ski touring. Based at the grand Hotel Union Øye with a local guide, everything is ready for us to choose the best peaks and the best descents from a short distance. Which peaks we choose depend entirely on weather and snow conditions, but we have mountains such as Slogen, Skårasalen, Blåbretindene, Blæja, Kvitegga, Randers peak or Kolåstinden - to name a few favorites. Often we use a taxi boat or ferry to cross the Hjørundfjord to get to the starting point for the ski touring. Only the boat ride is an experience in itself!

After a long days of skiing, we return to Hotel Union Øye. A distinctive and beautiful accommodation where each room is uniquely decorated, named after famous people who have stayed at the hotel throughout the years. The experience is topped off with dinner before we end the evening with planning the next day in front of the fireplace.

What's included

  • Accommodation
  • All meals as described in the program
  • Local guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

See more of what's included and not here.

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You need to have ski touring experience out of bounds. You need to have basic avalanche knowledge, as well as the proper gear (beacon, shovel, probe, etc...) as well as the knowledge to use it. You need to be fit for 6-8 hours of skiing per day.

What to bring?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You need to have avalanche equipment(probe, shovel, and beacon), crampons, an ice-ax, and a ski touring ski set-up. Most important, you need to know how to use it.  

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for your trip. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is not responsible for any trip delays, injury, illness, loss of belongings, family emergencies, natural events or other unforeseen issues that may hinder your ability to complete a trip with us. Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure is an adventure holiday company, and with an active holiday, there is always a risk of something as simple as a twisted ankle to keep you from your vacation. With trip insurance, your flights, hotels and travel costs can be covered if an unforeseen emergency hinders you from joining our tour, as well as coverage to fly home if necessary. By purchasing travel insurance ahead of time, you can protect your trip and yourself from issues that prevent you from traveling, and rest easy to enjoy your vacation.

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment in the mountains. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Accommodation 

We stay at Hotel Union Øye, which for generations has been an attractive destination for royalty, writers, and adventurers. Ever since its opening in 1891, the hotel has been a place where guests come to enjoy the tranquility and good life in magnificent surroundings. The hotel's 27 rooms are all individually decorated and furnished with carefully selected activities. The rooms are also named after famous people who have stayed at the hotel throughout the years.
Every day, visitors are given the opportunity to look into the hotel's available rooms. Take a walk in the corridors and dream away in the magnificent fjord castle.

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Number of participants

Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 6 people.

Included in the price: 

  • All accommodation (double/twin room) 
  • Meals as described in the program
  • Professional ski guide
  • Ferries and/or taxi-boat if we use it

Not included in the price:

  • Transportation to the meeting point Hotel Union Øye.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

It is mandatory to bring avalanche equipment, ice ax, and crampons. It is possible to rent from us. Let us know well ahead of time if you need to rent this. It might not be necessary, but good to have if the conditions demand it. 

Day by day

day

1

Where mountains and fjords meet

Accommodation Hotel Union Øye
Meals D

Meet up at Hotel Union Øye in Norangsfjord in the evening. This beautiful hotel is located in the middle of several of Sunnmøre's famous ski touring peaks. In the hotel's fireplace room or in the dining room we get together to plan the weekend with the guide (s), and dinner is served before we crawl to bed.

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2

Ski touring - Endless possibilities

Accommodation Hotel Union Øye
Meals BLD

After a hearty and good breakfast, we will leave for today's ski trip. We decide based on the weather and snow conditions. From the hotel it is a short distance to Slogen, the mountain which is often referred to as the "Queen of the Sunnmøre Alps". Alternatively we can take a ferry across the Hjørundfjord and go on Randers Peak, or choose another spectacular tour alternative such as going on the Skårasalen with a descent straight down into the Hjørundfjord and to the roadless village of Skår. From there we take the ferry back to the cars.

Back at Hotel Union Øye, the cold beers are waiting for us in the yard, or you can enjoy the view of the mountains from your bathtub in your room. In the evening, we have a three-course dinner, before we end the day with tour planning in front of the fireplace.

 

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3

New day, new peak!

Accommodation Hotel Union Øye
Meals BLD

Same procedure as yesterday, but new mountains awaits. We decide based on the conditions. Maybe Kvitegga?  We can also take a ferry across the Hjørundfjord and drive up to Standalhytta. From here it is a fantastic trip up to the classics Kolåstinden or Nordre Sætretinden.
A slightly shorter alternative is Sylvkallen - from the top it is steep down into the Hjørundfjord, but the backside offers nice ski conditions. If we wish, it is also possible to take a "transitional trip" over the Blåbretinden - and end up at the quay in Trandal and then take the ferry back. Trandal is a roadless village by the Hjørundfjord - and the village has its own pub where you can try to make time for a beer before returning the ferry.
At Hotel Union Øye, a lovely three-course dinner awaits.

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4

Last day

Meals BL

After a good breakfast, we check out of the hotel and get ready for new ski touring opportunities. If your legs are tired after two good ski days, Blæja can be an alternative this day, if we have not already been there. This is an easy hike - but offers great views of Sunnmøre and Hjørundfjorden.
After finishing the trip we go back to Hotel Union Øye - and maybe a cake or soda in the yard before returning home. If the whole group wants it, there is also an opportunity for guided off-piste skiing in the Stranda ski resort (lift tickets are not included). It may also be appropriate to drive on the road towards Stryn or towards Ålesund / Ørsta for the ski touring if this is appropriate for the return trip for the group.

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Equipment List

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.

The video below if for SUMMER trips, but you can still get some good tips for Winter! Welcome to Norway!

How to pack for your trip to Norway from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure on Vimeo.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES

Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles. 

HELMET

Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.

SKI CRAMPONS

To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.

BEACON, SHOVEL, PROBE

Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS

2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended. 

MID-LAYER

A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer. 

INSULATED JACKET

A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. 

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET

Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneathe your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER

Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneathe your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily. 

GLOVES & MITTENS

1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with windproofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total. 

HATS

2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining. 1 sun hat to protect your face.

HIKING SOCKS

4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings. 

BOOTS

Bring lightweight boots.

SKI BACKPACK

Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended. 

SUNGLASSES 

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal. 

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatone to help protect your skin. 

WATER BOTTLES

Insulated water bottle, 2 liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Norrøna Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

SHELL PANTS

Waterproof shell pants. Gortex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation. 

HEADLAMP

Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold. 

INDOOR SHOES

It is customary to leave wet shoes at the door and change into indoor slippers.

Recommended:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton.

COMPRESSION SACKS FOR GEAR

Recommended for storing your gear, keeping it dry, and compressing your down jackets to create more space. 

BALACLAVA AND BUFF

A wool layer to protect your neck and face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day. We suggest a large, 1 liter thermos.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

Cozy clothes to wear when we are not participating in activities and eating dinner.

SITTING MAT

Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground.

SWIMMING SUIT OR SHORTS AND BRA

For sitting ine saunas. 

Optional:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL AND PEN

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

HEADSET

If you would like to listen to music or an audio book while skiing.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. 

 

Dates & booking

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This trip is also offered as a private tailormade trip. Travel alone, with your friends or family whenever you want. Send a request
Thu 26. Mar 2020 Sun 29. Mar 2020
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NOK 11 900
Thu 2. Apr 2020 Sun 5. Apr 2020
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NOK 11 900
Thu 23. Apr 2020 Sun 26. Apr 2020
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NOK 11 900

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