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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:03 am 
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Stoked up on guide book pictures and Freeski TV episodes, Johan, Anton, Morten, and myself headed to western Norway to ski next to the fjords. Anton powered through the seven hours of driving, and we made it to Standalhytte around 10 pm.

The first day we skied (part of) Randers Topp, starting directly from the fjord (the first 200 meters were walking with skis on our back). Then we hit a crazy ice crust , and continued booting for another 100 meters or so. But from that point, there was pleasant wind-packed powder that made for easy skinning.

Around 1150 meters, we got to a steep slope leading up to a col, and switched to boots. Shortly after, the snow turned to a hard, 3" slab, with really soft snow underneath, leading us to conclude it was time to bail. But the skiing down, and the accompanying sunny fjord views, still made for an excellent day.

Morning sun in the basin below Randers Topp
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Anton and Morten enjoying windpacked pow and spectacular views
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Saturday we decided to ski out of the cabin, and try a tour called Kolåstinden. After some easy skinning through a valley, we came to a steep track leading towards a small notch. After watching a party in front of us struggle up the traverse on skis, with the possibility of falling about 50 meters down a 40 degree slope, we opted to carry skis and use the bootpack above the skin track. On the other side of the col, we ascended a small glacier, and traversed a ridge, before switching to boots again to head up some 45 degree snow to a flat bench where we ditched our skis. From there, a steep snow climb led to a small summit, with spectacular views and dizzying falls in every direction.

Heading up to the notch
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Morten on his way up to the summit
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Good views, again
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Atlantic Ocean, fjords, and stoked skiers
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After some awkward steep skiing down from the bench in crusty snow, we hit perfect corn for a descent of about 1000 meters back to the hytta. We then enjoyed a late lunch and skinned up 200 meters to a small prominence for an afternoon bonus lap in some pleasant spring slush.

Sunday we drove about 1 km down the valley to ski Nordre Særtinden. Another similar tour to the first two days (not a bad thing). We ascended easy, gradually steepening terrain, gaining a flat bench below a steep climb to a col. We ate a leisurely lunch and then ditched our skis to climb up to the col for some views. There was a bootpack to the proper summit, about 30 meters above the col, but it looked icy, narrow, and exposed, so we opted to skip it.

After climbing down, we enjoyed a few steep turns on perfect chalk, then made our way through some crusty mush and boilerplate until we got back to the sun and skied perfect corn back to the car.

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Kolåstinden from Nordre Særtinden

Another epic fjord view descent
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Equipment Notes:
Unless you are an old-time hard-man who enjoys 50 degree exposed snow climbing in just your leather 3-pin boots (we did meet a few of these guys), an ax and crampons are quite handy.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:19 pm 
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Wow, awesome pictures! I skied in my leather 3-pin boots all last weekend...but not on 50 degree slopes. ;)


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