Before embarking on a ski touring adventure, it is crucial to familiarise yourself with the surroundings and prepare for some testing conditions.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) has the overall operational responsibility during mountain search and rescue operations.
51 51 70 00 – JRCC Southern Norway
75 55 90 00 – JRCC Northern Norway
Norway’s challenging ski terrain, complex weather patterns, and sub-zero temperatures are appreciated by ski tourers, but it is important to be aware of the potential dangers these conditions present. Always check the avalanche risk and plan your trips according to the weather and conditions.
Ensure that you find the best and safest ski touring options in the area by hiring a local ski guide.
Norway has a complex geography with fast shifting weather patterns, which can make it difficult to unlock the full potential of the current skiing conditions. Local guides have expert knowledge about the quality of the snow and the surrounding terrain, which will reduce the risk of encountering avalanches and other potential dangers.
The International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) offers more than 100 qualified mountain guides who will assure that you find the perfect trip for your level of fitness, skill, and ambition.
It can be demanding to reach the best slopes, and it is therefore crucial to pack as light as possible (in a good backpack) without compromising any of the essentials (see the list of what to bring). Before setting off:
The saying “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing” is common in Scandinavia, and this is particularly true when it comes to ski touring.
The best advice is to wear many layers, as this makes it easier to regulate your body temperature.
You need boots specifically designed for ski touring. They should be comfortable and allow good freedom of movement for walking as well as provide stability for skiing.
You will be surrounded by snow, but the sun can be surprisingly strong. Bring sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect your skin, and shaded snow goggles or sun glasses.
For quick access to the latest local weather forecast.
See avalanche and snow information from others, share your own observations and download an offline inclination map.
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