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Motorhome ski or snowboard road trip in Norway! Have you watched videos of people skiing or snowboarding from mountain top through untouched powder all the way to sea, and thought I want to do that? Well that is just one of the many adventures you can have backcountry ski touring and splitboarding in Norway with Snowbusters.
Our two week trip goes to Tromso in the far north of Norway – well within the Arctic circle. Norway is renowned for stunning ocean views, reliable snow and stable conditions making it one of the best places to freeride on the planet. Based in motorhomes we can park up where we wish to explore this magical region and make the most of the conditions.
The exact itinerary of this ski touring and splitboarding adventure in Norway will depend on the weather and snow conditions. But the plan is to do roughly 4 days skiing or snowboarding followed by a rest day, another 4 days in the mountains before another rest and then 3 final days of backcountry fun
During the week or two will spend a lot of time learning about safety in the mountains. Specifically, how to avoid an avalanche through understanding conditions, reading snow profiles and simple snow stability tests. You’ll learn how to perform an avalanche rescue if things go wrong along with some useful first aid.
Although there is some theory, most of it is taught in real life situations on the mountain. Snowbusters will demonstrate how to organize a group avalanche rescue and you’ll take part in plenty of simulations. This includes multiple backfilling, digging victims and hypothermic treatment.
After arriving in Tromso, via a connection from Oslo, there are many different areas we could explore:
From the city you can reach the 1200m high hill Tromsdalstinden. With plenty of lines to take and stunning views of the fjords it is the perfect place to start. Also the nearby Kvaloya Island is within an hour’s drive from the city, where in the right conditions you can ski all the way down to the sea.
About three hours from Tromso you’ll find the industrial city of Narvik. Just above this is the Narvikfjellet ski resort with excellent mountains that are just made for freeriding. It’s the perfect spot to tour of splitboard for a few days.
The Lofotens are snow-free earlier than the rest of the region, but if conditions are right they are stunningly beautiful and a fantastic area to tour. Around 5-6 hours from Tromso, Vesteralen – the Islands north of Harstad – are a must visit and are similar to the mountains on Kvaloya Island. Tricky to reach the Lofotens are almost a separate trip but offer idyllic peaks and slopes surrounded by the ocean.
Around 1.5 hours northeast of Tromso you’ll find 2000m mountains that rise straight from the sea. It’s the most popular destination for freetoneers with more technical ascents and extreme slopes, gills etc. The freeriding here can be too extreme for some, but fortunately in the southern Lyngen Alps the peaks are smaller with easier slopes providing options for a range of abilities.
Alta is a 4-5 drive from the Tromso. Here you’ll find smaller hills, that feel even more exotic. The peaks are crowded together, there are reindeer running free and the area often receives extra powder. From here it’s possible to cross the border into Sweden or Finland to freeride in Lapland. While it is often -15°C in Alta, in Lapland temperatures drop to below -40°C…
Join this two week Norwegian backcountry adventure to explore one of the best freeride destinations on the planet.
Coffee, tea, breakfast, morning yoga, jogging, ... or what ever morning routine you are use to.
Heading off to the adventure of the day.
Time to tour up and ride it deep and steep.
Après-ski beer / vine.
Planning the next day (avalanche forecast, route planning, ...)
Possibly meeting for communal dinner.
Drinks, bit of party, sleep. But it is only a suggestion ;)
You should bring your personal ski or snowboard freeride touring equipment (skis with touring bindings, splitboard, skins, telescopic poles, ...), avalanche set and ski or snowboard clothing.
Most of the time we will stay and sleep in remote areas so you will have to prepare food with the mates from the motorhome. We will be stopping regurarly in shops to refill the supplies. Sometimes there will be some restaurants, cafeterieas, bars, ...
Shared accommodation in self catering motorhomes will be organized. Of course feel free to organize something you prefer on your own.