This tour is suitable for beginners and intermediate backcountry skiers.
BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR – beginner to intermediate
BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR – beginner to intermediate
Join us winter 2022 for an great backcountry day tour through the incredible mountains surrounding Voss. This trip is designed specifically for those who have little to some experience in the backcountry and are looking for a long day to get to know the backcountry areas better and improve their skills.
Our local guides will have two objectives on every trip: providing you with the best possible experience, and keeping you safe. That is why for our trip, we require at least beginner level of riding. So you should have used ski before.
BACKCOUNTRY SKIING OVERVIEW and Explanation
Backcountry Skiing, sometimes referred to as Alpine Touring, is skiing on unmarked or unpatrolled areas outside of ski resort boundaries.
Most often, backcountry ski-areas are secluded, untouched parts of nature, which require long uphill hikes in order to get to the top of each run. To effectively hike through snow, a specialized tour binding is required. Such bindings are hinged so that the heel stays unattached while walking uphill, much like a cross-country set up, but then lock in place when ready for descent.
Climbing skins are also a necessity, which attach to the bottom of skis and are used to prevent the skier from sliding backwards. Climbing up with skins is referred to as “skinning”.
Backcountry touring for snowboarders use to be much more challenging before the invention of the splitboard. Also fixed with special bindings and skins, these are snowboards that can be split in half in order to make for an assent on ‘skis’, only to be locked back in place when ready to descend.
Off-piste skiing is typically done off the main groomed runs of ski resorts, yet still uses the lifts to get back to the top each time. Backcountry skiing differs in that it takes place completely outside of ski resorts.
The exception is that occasionally skiers will use the lift once to access the initial backcountry terrain.
Solo travelers or small groups:
- 1 person: 1.500/day per person
- 2 or 3 people: 4.500/day per group
- 4 people: 5.500/day per group
- 5 people: 6.000/day per group
- 6 people: 6.500/day per group
SKI TOURING & SPLITBOARD EQUIPMENT RENTAL – PRICES
|EQUIPMENT||1 day||2 days||3 days||4 days||5 days||6 days||+1 day|
|Touring Set + Avalanche gear||950,-||1450,-||1850,-||2200,-||2500,-||2800,-||300,-|
|TOURING SET Ski or Splitboard||800,-||1200,-||1600,-||2000,-||2300,-||2600,-||250,-|
Glossary for rental touring equipment
- AVALANCHE GEAR = Personal ski backpack, transceiver, shovel and probe
- TOURING SET for SKI = Skis with walk bindings, skins, ski poles and ski boots
- TOURING SET for SNOWBOARD = Splitboard, skins, ski poles and snowboard boots
Unfamiliar with all the jargon? Don’t worry! We’ll get you up to speed with our SKI DICTIONARY, click here!
What to expect
Step into a winter world of mountains and fjords! As your tips dig through the snow you throw a big turn, and smiling ear to ear.
This is an authentic Norwegian backcountry ski tour adventure!
F.A.Q. - BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR BEGINNER to INTERMEDIATE with Outdoor Norway and our answers.
We start skiing as soon as the snow is on the mountains, and up until the snow falls ends! This is usually between the start of Dec to the end of April. It’s all depending on Mother Nature!
An explicit list of what to bring will be sent out to travelers before the tour. In most cases, it includes a recommended clothing and gear lists like:
- Ski jacket and pants, hardshell, gloves, hat, hiking boots
- Woolen underlayers and socks
- Snacks & water
- Skin protection against cold
We recommend that all of our guests be in good physical health.
If you have a medical issue but you still want to go skiing, we always recommend you check with your doctor first.
Inquiry with us if you have further questions.
There is no maximum age limit for our backcountry skiing tours – so long as you’re physically fit you can join!
Only if they have a touring binding that allows the heel to be released for hiking uphill with skins.
No, in powder most riders do not notice a performance drop compared to a solid board. In hard, icy snow, however, there is definitely a difference.
Yes, and you’ll have to hike uphill on snowshoes and carry the board on your backpack with strong strap and attachment points.
Split-snowboards are recommended because they are much more efficient on the way up.
Tip is not a regular thing in Norway as it’s in USA. Your guide works hard to ensure that you have a fun, yet safe skiing adventure and always committed to the Outdoor Norway high standard guided tour.
Tip is widely accepted as the industry norm; and tipping is always appreciated but never expected. It stays totally at your own discretion.
READY TO Start YOUR BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE?
Send an email below with your requested date(s) and we will get back to you within 24 hours!
Looking for even long range adventure?
We offer an exclusive 9-day ski holiday across Western Norway’s Fjord Region, for more infos click here Norway Ski Road Trip!