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Ski touring at Kvittinden in Lofoten.
Photo: Espen Nordahl
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Where on earth can you ski on top of a white powdered mountain with a shockingly beautiful view to a famous fjord? Just follow in the fast tracks of this expert guide, to six great routes with less probability of avalanches.

Emergency telephone numbers

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

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“Insiders often consider the Alps to be the best place in the world to go skiing, but Norwegian mountains offer a lot of the same kind of spectacular scenery. On top of that, as a bonus, you get the wild fjord landscapes, a long winter season with loads and loads of snow, untouched nature, and numerous easily accessible mountaintops.”

“No wonder Norway is simply establishing itself as the ski touring paradise of the north”, Sande says enthusiastically whilst inhaling like he was eagerly ascending a snowy mountain.

“In fact, the whole of Norway is a skiing destination​.”

Jotunheimen
Jotunheimen.
Photo: Christian Nerdrum / Fri Flyt

Safer means more fun

Sande and fellow editor Espen Nordahl wanted to create a guide with a focus on safer areas that also offer great fun. The 111 tips come from local, certified ski guides and avalanche experts and include detailed maps and aerial images – most of which were specifically taken for this purpose.

“Knowledge is the key to choose safer routes and avoid accidents. Safer Ski Touring in Norway is the first guide that shows that there are several breathtaking mountains in various parts of Norway where you can avoid dangerous and unexpected situations”, Sande informs – and quickly adds that part of the motivation for the book was their own personal experiences with avalanches.

Know the snow

“Even though you plan to ski in safer terrains, it is crucial to familiarise yourself with the complex composition of different layers of snow and study local avalanche forecasts closely”, Sande says. During the winter season, The Norwegian Avalanche Warning Service publishes daily avalanche forecasts on the website varsom.no.

The 338 pages long guide is written to help ski enthusiasts manage on their own. Many are already used to the conditions after trips to the Alps, North America, or elsewhere. But at the same time, Sande seizes the opportunity to recommend professional guides:

“Even though I consider myself a highly skilled skier, I always learn something valuable from a mountain guide.”

The easiest way to avoid avalanches is to stay away from avalanche terrain and to keep in mind that avalanches may occur in less steep terrain. Ask local experts and tourist offices for updates on particular snow conditions.

Gammelgårdsfjellet, Tromsø
Gammelgårdsfjellet, Tromsø.
Photo: Espen Nordahl

Gear up for the mountains

Sande stresses that having the right equipment is just as important part as knowing where it is safe to go.

“You will find specialist shops in many places, and several guiding companies also rent out necessary gear”, he says.

He would like to remind all skiers of the importance of staying aware of avalanches, as well as bringing a beacon, probe, and a shovel.

And his ultimate advice?

“Remember to follow the recommended route to avoid danger. In real life, no route is 100 percent safe. At the end of the day, you depend on your own choices to return to your base safely.”

Still crazy after all the input? Oh yes, and feeling safe and sound.

Stranda, Sunnmøre.
Photo: Christian Nerdrum / Fri Flyt

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    Please note that avalanches may occur in less steep terrain, so it's always highly recommended to consult local experts before you go and to use a local guide.

  • Nibbi, by the ski resort in Hemsedal

    Just a three-hour drive from Oslo lies Hemsedal, the number one alpine ski resort for Norwegians. Nibbi always gets a lot of snow of good quality, making it the perfect place for locals to start their skiing season.

    Closest train station: Gol (3 hours from Oslo). Closest airport: Oslo

    Nibbi, Hemsedal
    Nibbi, Hemsedal.
    Photo: Fri Flyt

  • Storanosi, by the skiing town of Voss

    Voss is one of the most traditional skiing towns in Norway, and the mountainous route of Storanosi is where you go to earn your powder turns.

    Train: 1 hour and 15 minutes from Bergen to Voss. Nearest airport: Bergen

    Storanosi, Voss
    Storanosi, Voss.
    Photo: Fri Flyt

  • Auskjæret, in the Sunnmøre Alps

    The Sunnmøre Alps form an impressive coastal landscape with a lot of steep and challenging terrain. The route of Auskjæret is a good place to start if you want to explore on your own.

    Nearest airport: Ålesund

    Auskjæret, Sunnmøre
    Auskjæret, Sunnmøre.
    Photo: Fri Flyt

  • Pilan, in the Lofoten archipelago

    There is nothing like the Lofoten Islands in winter. The Pilan route offers an easy start with great views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding mountain peaks.

    Nearest train station: Narvik via Sweden. Nearest airport: Harstad/Narvik

    Pilan, Lofoten
    Pilan, Lofoten.
    Photo: Fr Flyt

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    Lille Blåmannen, Tromsø
    Lille Blåmannen, Tromsø.
    Photo: Fri Flyt

  • Rundfjellet, in the Lyngen Alps

    The Lyngen Alps are deservedly the most famous ski touring destination in Norway. Most of the slopes might seem challenging to many, but Rundfjellet is still a good and safe introduction.

    Nearest airport: Tromsø

    Rundfjellet, Lyngen
    Rundfjellet, Lyngen.
    Photo: Fri Flyt

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