A landscape made for off-piste skiing
Off-piste skiing involves ascending a mountain and then skiing down again – no prepared runs, no safety measures, no ski lifts. The mountains in Northern Norway feature different descents, with different degrees of difficulty. The snow cover comprises a hard bed with powder on top. The mountains are very accessible, too. In many cases, you can simply park at the foot of the mountain and start walking.
Off-piste skiing is available in most places in Northern Norway. Most people have traditionally favoured the area around Lyngenfjord and Øksfjordjøkelen, the islands in Troms, Lofoten, Vesterålen, Narvik, Sulitjelma and Rana.
From the time snow starts to fall in November until January, it is generally too dark to ski off-piste. In February, the days are long enough for short skiing trips, but the major season runs from March until the end of May – depending on the snow conditions. This means that towards the end of the season, you can go skiing by the light of the midnight sun.
Avalanches are a constant threat, so it is best to join an organised trip. Certified skiing guides are based at many locations in Northern Norway. In some places, you live on a boat and sail out to a new mountain every day. The most exclusive packages comprise weekly programmes with comfortable accommodation and an ambitious guided itinerary involving a new mountain every day.