Alpine Ski Touring Course (2,5 days)

Do you lack experience in alpine ski touring, trip planning and avalanche evaluation and rescue? We will provide you with basic knowledge and skills that makes you capable of doing your own planning and evaluations during mountain hikes in the winter.

Our goal is provide a positive experience with alpine ski touring. The course itself shall provide a basic introduction to all the relevant elements related to alpine ski touring. We shall provide knowledge about different types of equipment, different skiing techniques, and general safety in the mountains. Avalanche awareness is an important part of the course. At the end of this course you should be able to spot terrain prone to avalanche, utilize the local avalanche forecast, how to be safe both during the ascent and the decent and finally you should have some knowledge about avalanche rescue in practice. For most of the course we will stay outside in the mountains, but it does not neccesarily mean that we will get to the summit every day.
Our goal is therefore to make you aware of all factors influencing the snow stability, and how you can travel as safe as possible within avalanche terrain. When finishing an avalanche course, you will be able to identify different snow types and their implication for snow stability. You will be able to analyse the terrain and identify both safe and unsafe areas for your ascent and decent. After the course, you should be confident in using an avalanche beacon during practical avalanche rescue. We aim for a practical approach, staying outside in relevant areas most of the day.

We arrange Alpine Ski Touring Courses all over Norway

Sognal is the perfect location for a course in alpine ski touring. Its no coincidence that Breogfjell have the main office in Sogndal, as it offers plenty of ski touring options on all levels, and usually there is powder snow. The town is located along the inner part of the Sognefjord, and you can travel here by car (4 hours from Bergen, 6 from Oslo), bus or a flight.

Day 1

We meet up in the evening at 19:00. Information about location and timing will be provided up front on e-mail. In the evening we will have some discussion about avalanche awareness, current conditions, and where to go skiing the next day.

Day 2

Alpine ski touring in Sogndalsdalen. We will also focus on avalanche rescue training and practical use of avalanche beacons.

Day 3

Alpine ski touring in Sogndalsdalen or Fjærland.

More about accomodation, transport and the region

In about two hours drive from Bergen or Hemsedal, you reach Myrkdalen, a paradise for alpine ski touring. For many years, this ski resort has received more fresh powder than any other ski resort in Norway. However, both the terrain and the harsh weather on the western coast of Norway makes the avalanche conditions relevant. Therefore, this is an optimal place for both avalanche safety training and alpine ski touring courses.

Day 1 (evening):
We meet up in the evening. Information about location and timing will be provided up front on e-mail. In the evening we will have some discussion about avalanche awareness, current conditions, and where to go skiing the next day.

Day 2
Alpine ski touring in Myrkdalen. We will also focus on avalanche rescue training and practical use of avalanche beacons.

Day 3
Alpine ski touring in the Voss region. The exact location will depend on the current snow and weather conditions.

The area surrounding Tromsø offers hundreds of mountains suited for alpine ski touring. In this area you will find the beautiful contrasts between the fjords and the mountains. Tromsø is a perfect starting point for alpine ski touring, with limited time wasted in the car when we travel to the different mountains. Our instructors will choose the optimal place to go, based on the current weather and snow conditions in the mountains. Arrangements will be made upfront on e-mail. We can provide information about the best accommodation in the area, depending on which mountain area with best ski conditions.

Day 1 (evening)

We meet up in the evening. Information about location and timing will be provided up front on e-mail. In the evening we will have some discussion about avalanche awareness, current conditions, and where to go skiing the next day.

Day 2

Alpine ski touring

Day 3:

Alpine ski touring

 

This could be the right course for you

Our customers are skiers with limited experience from back country travel and alpine ski touring. This is a beginners course, and no prequalification is needed. However, you do need to be a fairly experienced skier (from ski resorts etc). Proper physical shape is also required. Our guides will do their best to optimize each course according to the participants wishes.

Some of our courses are dedicated to women

Note that some of our avalanche courses are “girls only”. This is the perfect setting where you can learn how to do alpine ski touring and snow stability evaluation without having the dominant boys stealing your thunder!

Skilled supervisors and instructors

On avalanche courses we use IFMGA Mountain Guides, mountain guide aspirants and nationally NF approved avalanche course instructors who can demonstrate solid experience over several years in demanding skiing, climbing and glacier tours.

Main topics

  • equipment evaluation
  • route planning
  • navigation
  • ski technique (up and down)
  • Rescue techniques
  • Last but not least, we will focus on avalanche theory.

Suggested reading

  • Bruce Tremper: Staying Alive in Avalanche terrain
  • Norwegian avalanche bulletins at www.varsom.no


Equipement to bring
  • Avalanche equpipment (beacon, shovel and probe)
  • Randonèe or telemark skis with skins (snowboarders must have snowshoes or splitboard)
  • Ski Boots
  • Poles
  • Ski crampons (optional)
  • 30 – 40L backpack
  • Ski Goggles / sun glasses
  • Thermos with warm beverage and lunch
  • Clothing for a day in the mountains.
    • insulating underwear/wool
    • insulation midlayer (wool, fleece or thin down west)
    • wind/waterproof shell
    • gloves / mittens
    • hat
    • insulation jacket (down, primaloft or wool)
    • Many people also prefer to bring ski helmet.
    • Map, mapcase and compass

We provide avalanche equipment if you need to borrow.

The map for the area is possible to buy in the local sport shop.

Booking

You will receive a confirmation by email after submission of form.