Sunday, January 11, 2015

Voss is unrevealing some of its skiing potential!

As we were driving around in Voss in the morning, we crossed Piet, Sarah and their friend Armin that they just picked up in Bergen.
They have looked at the maps surrounding Voss and found out that the Raundalen valley, just east of Voss probably had some pretty good options.

There was quite a lot of snow as we were driving up in the valley.
We eventually stopped after seeing some tracks on the Klårafjellet Mountain and parked the car to follow the already put on skintrack.
It was a really nice day with pretty much no wind and some really good visibility. It was only about 400-500m vertical to the top, so we lapped the north face twice to get a bit more vertical.

We were lucky with the snow again as it was fluffy and dry!
The temperature was -19 °C around 7 pm. Amelie thought it would be really cold that night and wasn’t really interested in staying up high in the valley. I didn’t really know how cold our diesel was able to support the cold temperature and I didn’t want to let freeze a pretty empty tank, we drove down to Voss. We left Piet who had smartly filled up his van with Norwegian diesel and the German crew in the valley in their heated van. After 45minutes of driving, it was around -18... we both kind of felt that we really didn’t won much!

When we woke up the following morning in Voss, there was a nice 10-15cm of cold snow on the car. We quickly made the plan to drive up to Myrkdalen resort to check it out.
 Visibility was on and off in the morning and even if we were Sunday in the Holidays, it was really not busy in the morning. People eventually showed up late in morning but even then, it was really not busy! This resort has a really nice mellow terrain that reminded me about some resorts in Japan. The policy about backcountry is really opened and there is pretty good terrain to ski around the resort!
The clouds cleared up and we were able to have some really nice visibility with a sunset light that lasted all afternoon due to being around the 60th parallel. We went to the north end of the resort where there is a really nice slackcountry option. After a really short hike up (5min...), it is possible to traverse and ski a really nice and long run all the way down to the main road. The snow had been preserved and had’t been skied for a few days, so we had a really nice last run!
We were also fairly lucky to be able to ski on the road where we landed quite far.
We drove back to the valley to catch up with the Germans. They also received a nice cold mini dump and had a great day there. We went to Vollrandane which is just south of the road and opposite from Klårafjellet.
It was quite a bushwhack to get up to the opening that we were aiming to ski.
Once we were up though, snow was really nice.
Amelie got some really good turns for her birthday!
Armin had some problems with his skins has they weren’t really sticky anymore.
We did two laps and it was really nice to ski some cold fluffy pow (again!!)

We went back to Myrkdalen to ski the mountain just East and opposite to the resort.
Temperatures were much warmer than the previous days. It was around 0 Celcius as we left the car to skin up.
Snow was clugging a bit under the skis and was really wet and warm.
Visibility was far from perfect either with a little mist coming down on us.
We made it down on some really wet and heavy snow that everyone had problems to ski.
Snow was packing under my boot and I was able to do only 3-4 turns before I felt that I was skiing on high-heels!
Conditions didn’t call for a second lap and we came back to the car pretty bummed.
Worst is that the temperature is supposed to worsen with rain/sleet on the forecast for the next 2 days...

Hope weather forecast will be wrong for once!

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