Ski-touring – Beginner course IMG119

Great ski touring course!

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Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 265000

Departures: Available for private groups Feb. - April.

Duration: 6 days

Group size: 6 per guide

Note: – this is not a beginner ski course. Participants are expected to be competent skiers and should be able to enjoy skiing off-piste in variable conditions.

  • Tour Description

    A beginner course for competent skiers wanting to take the first steps into the grate world of ski-touring. The course is also very fitting for those that already have done a bit of ski-touring but want to strengthen their touring and safety skills. Snow safety is the big focus but we will also work on efficient skinning (up track), partner rescue, improvised stretchers and some ski-techniques for off-piste!
    The course is set up to be a healthy balance of hard learning, gaining experience and pure skiing fun – ticking of some of the areas very best runs on the world famous Tröllaskagi (Troll-peninsula) along the way.

    Included in price:

    • One guide/instructor for every 6 participants,
    • all food during the course,
    • accommodation in hostel / guesthouse,
    • all transport including domestic flights to/from Reykjavik / Akureyri,
    • 1/2 day with ski-instructor,
    • lift tickets for one day (Akureyri / Siglufjordur).


    Please notethis is not a beginner ski course. Participants are expected to be competent skiers and should be able to enjoy skiing off-piste in variable conditions.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: After a pick up form you hotel in Reykjavik we jump on a plane for an hour’s flight to Iceland’s skiing capital, Akureyri.  A short drive gets us into the hills above town where we are able to start the course off with a focus on the up-hill and on the essential use of transceivers and probes.
    At the end of the day we head for our accommodation and base for the next day’s near Dalvik.

    Flight: 1 hour; Driving ½ hour Skiing 5 – 6 hours, Ascent / Descent: 600m

    After dinner, a lecture on avalanches that will set the bases for the field work in the coming days.  

    Day 2: The day will start with a look at the current avalanche forecast, weather forecast and other information available. After this the group will set up a plan aiming for both fun and safety.  The work continues on the hill, constantly estimating the different factors that affect safety and fun during the day – this time using the tools supplied by the previous evening lecture.

    Driving: 1 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m

    Day 3: Time to look at the downhill skiing part. We will split the team up and one part will focus on the downhill skiing with a local ski instructor. The others explore the possibilities of maximizing the skiing experience by combining lift and skins for an efficient uphill travel leading to some high quality downhill skiing.  If we are up for it we will continue the learning process with a lecture on the art of brewing beer at the local Kaldi-factory. The unfiltered stuff they store in the factory is even better than the bottled beer they sell in the local liquor store (Vínbúðin).

    Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent 600m / Descent: ∞

    Day 4 & 5: We have now covered the basics and it is time to go skiing. The course takes on a more of a trip like character where the focus is on strengthening our good touring habits. We will also take on a few new things as we find the right conditions, those include the use of ski crampons, simple rope work and snow anchor building, use of a rescue stretcher and the making of an improvised stretcher. We will also have to tackle the making of emergency shelter and a few other good tricks to have up our sleeve when the shi..... , eeem, everything goes to custard!

    Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m

    Day 6: Last change to rip. An afternoon flight gets us to Reykjavik but before that happens we will be able to do one last trip in the area. Having all the tools and the local knowledge; finding the best snow should be almost natural and we will make sure to leave some awe-inspiring tracks and take plenty of pictures, knowledge and good memories back home. For those wanting more fun it is possible to extend you stay in the north for more skiing. If not we will land in Reykjavik in just in time to check out the world famous night life. For those not wanting to hit the bars the south side of Iceland also offers allot of attractions – or you can just fly back home.

    Flight: 1 hour;  Driving: 1 – 2 hour; Skiing 6 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m

  • Equipment List

    Cross Country Skiing Tours - mountain hut

    - Equipment list for Cross Country Skiing Tours
 (Cross Country skiing / Nordic Skiing)

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy ski boots that fit your binding system. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer). 
    • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer). 
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – Wind and waterproof, breathable material; e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Pants/bibs – wind and waterproof, e.g. Gore-tex or comparable.  
    • Gloves, 2 – 3 pairs of different thickness. 
    • Mittens – waterproof with good insulation.  
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat and/or Balaclava.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

    Other gear:

    • Sleeping Bag – Down or synthetic. Aim for light weight and warm bag. Goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags are recommended.
    • Backpack (day-tours) for extra clothes and food during the day. Size: 20-30 L (1200 - 2000 cu in).
    • Sunglasses. 
    • Ski Goggles. 
    • Sun Protection. 
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear, clothes for the hut.
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 1 – 2L. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs etc. 
    • Swim suit (depends on tour). 
    • Head lamp. 

    Ski equipment:

    • Nordic touring / Cross country skies (min width of 50 mm) with steel edges and strong but lightweight bindings, e.g. Rottefella 75 mm, NNN BC or SNS XADV Raid. 
    • Skins covering the whole ski length and width in good working conditions. 
    • Extra glue (adhesive) for skins. 
    • Ski poles, strong with a big basket. 
    • Wax/Klister – depending on your type of ski.

    Optional gear:

    • Gaiters (optional) – Calf or knee height and wide enough for the boots. 
    • Pocketknife.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Heart-warming spirits. 
    • Light slippers for indoor use.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is. Our Gear Lexicon also contains more information on clothing and gear for this tour. 

  • Gear Lexicon

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For availability and more information about this tour please contact us.