Day 1, 30th of March
Total time: 4 hours
The plan was to do some ski touring in the Sunmörre alps for 3 days. But the weather was so bad that we had to abandon that plan and head down to Sogndal instead.
Sogndal is situated south of the Jostedals glacier (Europa’s larges inland glacier) and have for some reason in general better weather then most places on the west coast of Norway. Here we found a nice camping with good huts, Selseng Camping. It took us about 4 hours to drive from Sunmörre to Sogndal.
With the morning gone we decided to do Togga (1205m). It’s a good bad weather day peek with birch trees that reaches high and a ridge to follow the for the last part. The skiing down was a bit hard at the top but with some nice snow blown in here and there. Further down the snow got softer and the visibility was better thanks to the birches.
That evening we had lamb stew with red wine. Everyone past out early.
Total time: 6.5 hours
This day was the great weather window for this tripp. To get full value of the good weather we went in Justedalen to climb Vongsen (1757m). It’s a very scenic tour from where you can see both the Jostedals glacier and the Spörlegg glacier. And as a bonus you get to climb a peek that looks like Matterhorn from the right angle but with a easy walk on the back.
On the way down we got some really good skiing. The snowpack was in general quite hard but in the valleys the snow was nice and soft.
We finished the day with a coq au vin, wine, beer and some whisky.
Up: 600m + 500m
Down: 500m + 600m
Total time: 5,5 hours
When we woke up this morning the snow was coming down heavy. Snow, wind and bad visibility. It didn’t look very good. But I had spotted a birch forest not far from the camping that was worth trying.
It turned out to be one of the best birch forests I have ever seen. The birches was standing 15-20m apart and the angle was up to 30 degrees. The snow and the bad visibility didn’t matter at all. The birches went up to 900m and we looped that twice with a good lunch in between. In the end of the day we all had smiles on our faces and some amazing tree skiing behind us.
A good ending for good three days against all odds.
funniest comment of the tripp. Mr cool says on his first ski touring day ever “this is just like hiking but with very large feet”