Ski the Lyngen Alps northern Norway
Skiing at 70˚ North, perfect fall-line towards the deep blue of one of the many impressive fjords in the Lyngen Alps, staying in a fantastic cabin built directly on the dock of a small fishing harbor. Yes, we are going to northern Norway, where after May 18 the sun never sets. An endless area that is famous for late spring skiing in top snow conditions.
In May 2016 I have been skiing in the Lyngen Alps, together with Nicoline, Charlotte, Florina and Jeff Wood. Although I knew that this area is incredible and has many of the world’s best ski-runs, I was more than impressed. This area has showed it self as much better than anything I ever have dreamed of.
We start our week in Tromsø, where I will meet all guests in a hotel. Then we drive with a rented mini-bus to our “fishing cabin” where Nicoline and Florina will be awaiting us.
Nicoline will make sure that we get to eat fine meals; breakfast, after skiing snacks (just as at Durrand) and a fantastic dinner with fine desert. Florina will be my second guide, making sure that “I don’t get lost” ….
In our mini-bus it will be very easy to get around, in fact this is the best way of maximizing our ski-trip in the Lyngen Alps. Driving to the start of the various ski-tours, taking the ferry across some of the fjords and get to experience this unique area in the far North of Scandinavia.
The ski-tours are not super strenuous, this mostly because all tours start at sea-level, therefore we don’t need to fight the thin air found in higher elevations. Still we will ski mountains with 1200 vertical meters to 1550 vertical meters. Of-course, there are tours with more vertical, that is if we are driven to adventure huge days. I think this is the best about northern Norway, or better said, the Lyngen Alps. It is all there; mountains, terrain, snow and an endless variety of different level ski-tours.
Easy to realize why I instantly got hooked on this area ….. it is the best (of-course right after Durand Glacier).
I hope I get the pleasure to ski with you in the Lyngen Alps.
Ruedi and Nicoline Beglinger
I.F.M.G.A certified Mountain Guide
Please call or e-mail our office to receive a hard-copy of the detailed program which includes all needed information for your ski-trip with us. For this we do need your mailing address. Unfortunately we are not able to e-mail the exact detailed program.
We strongly recommend that you purchase the following insurances. If you have difficulties in finding these insurances, we ask that you contact our office.
- General health / hospital insurance, good for all countries in Europe
- Life insurance
- Trip cancellation insurance
- Helicopter rescue and evacuation insurance
How to get to Tromsø
This will depend if you plan to acclimatize in Zermatt or not (Zermatt is the best option, but requires additional travel time by train.
Acclimatize in Zermatt:
From North America fly via London to Oslo, Norway. Usually arriving in Oslo in AM.
From Oslo to Tromsø best use a flight with Norwegan Air. There are several daily flights. After arriving from North America, you should have enough time to catch the flight Norwegan Air 382; departing Oslo at 17:15 hrs, arriving in Tromsø at 19:10 hrs.
From the Tromsø airport best take a taxi to the Comfort Hotel Xpress, approximately 15 minutes taxi drive.
Your SME Team
Ruedi Beglinger will be your guide on this ski-trip. He has extensive experience in guiding mountaineering and skiing expeditions in Alaska, the Alps and other parts of the world. Ruedi has been certified by the Swiss (SBV) and International Guide Association (IFMGA) in 1977. He is an active and professional member of the Canadian Mountain Guide Association (ACMG) and the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA).
Florina Beglinger will help her dad with guiding.
Nicoline Beglinger will be your cook and host.
For this program each guest has to be an accomplished alpine skier who can ski, efficiently and safely, steep mountain slopes (as found on double Black Diamond downhill ski runs in major ski-areas of North America) and in all kinds of snow conditions with an average size day pack of approximately 10 lbs. Despite the Lyngen Alps do have the reputation for excellent snow conditions, powder or corn, however there are times when the conditions do go sideways and more challenging snow conditions can be encountered.
Whatever snow-conditions this tour has to offer, we ask that all guests can safely and efficiently ski a perfect fall-line under good control and link a minimum of 30 short-radius turns. It is also important that every guest can safely control their skis in difficult terrain and can execute efficient and safe kick-turns in steeper terrain as found in “black diamond runs”, side-slip on skis in terrain of 40 degr. incline and execute efficient plow-turns.
It is important that everybody on the tour enjoys good health and has no difficulties to acclimatize to moderate or higher elevation.
Every guest has to be physically in good shape. We recommend that everybody is doing active out-door endurance sport (ski-touring, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, biking, long distance jogging etc.) on a regular basis and during the entire year. It is important that you can comfortably ski-climb with a day-pack of about 10 lbs. for an entire day of maximum 8 hours and that you can cover daily ski-climbs of up to 1550 vertical meters (5100 vertical feet).
Further it is important that you are able to follow instructions given by the guide.
For the quality of this program, unfortunately we only take ski guests on this program who have skied with Selkirk Mountain Experience on earlier skiing programs.
If you have any questions regarding “Ability Level”, please do not hesitate to contact Selkirk Mountain Experience.
Acclimatizing and Jet-Lag
Acclimatizing is less of an issue for this ski-touring program, as all ski-tours start at sea level. At the shore line of one of the many fjords.
However, it is still important to overcome the worst part of Jet-Lag prior the start of this program. Therefore we recommend that you arrive in Tromsø one or two days prior the meeting date.
- Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. requires a non-refundable 30% deposit of the total program cost in order to confirm your booking.
- After you receive our confirmation we ask that you send full payment no later than 10 weeks prior to the program starting date.
- If full payment is not received 10 weeks prior to the starting date of your program, Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. reserves the right to forfeit your full deposit and sell your spot to the next person on the waiting list.
- Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. strongly suggests that you buy travel cancellation insurance that will cover all your paid costs in the event that you have to cancel your program (personal illness, family emergency, work-related cancellation and any other possible reason).
Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. reserves the right to cancel any program for whatever reason. In this situation Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. will refund all paid money. However, Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. is not responsible for any further expenses incurred in preparation for the program.
Waiver of liability
All guests who ski with Selkirk Mountain Experience Ltd. are asked to sign the form RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT. This form is attached to the Program information letter and we ask you to read and sign it and send it together with your registration back to our office. If you have any questions please feel free to phone our office at 250 837 2381 or email us.