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BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR – ADVANCED

Are you a thrill seeker who is constantly looking to challenge themselves in the mountains? Join a winter holiday in Norway with Outdoor Norway on a professionally guided trip in Voss. A pure winter playground, and let us show you the powder paradise you never knew existed.

Intermediate to advanced slopes  Professional guide 
Challenges for the adventurous  Beautiful panorama vistas

 

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Join us in winter for an exclusive backcountry day tour through the incredible mountains surrounding Voss.

This trip is designed specifically for those who have extensive experience in the backcountry and are looking for long days with endless powder and steep drops.

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 big mountain runs, we require a good level of off-piste skiing, no exceptions. These days will include long ascents that require both a high level of fitness and previous hours spent hiking in backcountry conditions

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING OVERVIEW

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.

Location

Voss

Season

Jan - Apr

Price

1650 NOK (Adult)

All equipment + guide

Included

Duration

1 day

Difficulty

Intermediate to advanced

Requirements

14+ years
Experience on skis

Recommendation

This tour is suitable for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers.

 

Explore

your own paths

Backcountry skiing in Voss: A Journey Through the Winter Wonderland

Blessed with an abundance of enticing backcountry ski terrain in close proximity, Voss stands out as one of the snowiest regions in Norway, ensuring a prolonged and spectacular winter season.

Discover the thrill of untouched slopes and pristine landscapes as you navigate through the captivating backcountry of Voss. Enjoy the serenity of little traffic, allowing you to immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the surroundings. Regardless of your skill level or skiing preference, Voss offers a diverse range of terrain types tailored to meet every adventurer's expectations.

Get ready to carve your way through the snowy expanses of Voss, where every ascent unveils panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless, and every descent is a journey into the heart of nature's pristine beauty. Welcome to Voss – where the thrill of backcountry skiing meets the tranquility of an untouched winter paradise.

Certified guides

Embark on your adventure with confidence as our certified professionals, boasting years of invaluable experience, lead the way. Our guides are not only experts in their field but also passionate about providing you with a memorable and safe journey. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or a novice explorer, our team is dedicated to ensuring that your experience is not only thrilling but also filled with insights and knowledge.

Details

For Backcountry skiing (advanced) in Voss

  Itinerary

Show up 10 minutes before your scheduled time outside the Visit Voss shop, in the same building of the Gondola, Train Station and Bus Station.

  1. Drive to the start location
  2. Gear outfitting 
  3. Warm-up
  4. Theoretical instructions
  5. Hit the slopes
  6. Lunch break
  7. More slopes
  8. Drive back to town
  9. Return gear

Guest requirements

  • +14 years old (the guardian signs waiver for minors)
  • Confident on skis
  • Good physical health

Before your trip, please inform us or your guide of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy, etc.

What to bring with you

If you’re in need of equipment see our rental offers table below or please contact our staff to discuss the rental options in our area. Otherwise, minimum gear requirements include:

  • Skis with walk bindings (alpine touring, Telemark or split-board set up)
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski boots, poles & helmet
  • Avalanche safety kit (transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • Personal backpack 
    (items above you can rent from us, prices below)
  • Shell jacket with hood (water & windproof)
  • Shell pants or bibs
  • Down or synthetic jacket
  • Mid-layer sweater or vest (if its too cold)
  • Base layers, wool is best
  • Gloves, hat, socks, goggles & sunglasses for the hiking up if is a sunny day

WHAT’S INCLUDED 

INCLUDED

 ✔️ Private guide
 ✔️Transportation (from Voss town)

NOT INCLUDED
 ❌ Lunch, beverages and snacks
 ❌ Avalanche safety kit (beacon, shovel, probe and backpack) You can rental this with us
 ❌ Lift tickets (should you want to ski near the local resort)
 ❌ Accident/travel insurance (one which specifically covers skiing)
 ❌ Transportation costs if staying at a location outside of Voss town

DATES & DESTINATIONS

Our Experienced/Advanced backcountry tour are available every Saturday and Sunday, from January to April. For special departure date you can inquiry a private tour via the contact form bellow.
We will determine where the ski tour will take place 48-hours before the assigned departure time. Our decision will be based on the group’s wishes, as well as the weather, snow conditions, and avalanche forecast. You will find the list of possible destinations listed below.

LOCATIONS

  • Mount Oksen (Hardangerfjord)
  • Lønahorgi – Voss to Afdal traverse
  • Raundalen mountain range
  • Vikafjell
  • Sognefjord, mountain range on the south side of

There are few other hidden gems in the area and we do not make them public on the web or social platforms. After your booking is made our staff will contact you 48 hrs before the tour to discuss the better options for the date set. 😉

STARTING TIME

Tours will normally start at 8:30 am and end around 4 pm. During the late winter and spring seasons, tours may be extended due to the increased amount of daylight hours. The meeting point will always be in Voss, at the tourist information center. Pick-ups for those staying outside of Voss town can be arranged upon special request.

SOLO TRAVELERS OR SMALL GROUPS:

If you are traveling as an individual or in a group of up to 2 persons, this product offers a spot in an open group. It’s a great opportunity to meet new mates and share the passion for ski touring!
  • 1 person: 1650./day per person
  • 2 or 3 people: 4.500/day per group
  • 4 people: 5.643/day per group
  • 5 people: 6.000/day per group
  • 6 people: 6.500/day per group
Be aware that we need a minimum of 3 participants to offer you a spot for 1650,- NOK/ person. In case of 2 and fewer bookings per day, you will be offered to share expenses for a private guide (4500,- NOK/ day) or the trip will be canceled and we will fully refund you.
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Still have questions?

FAQ

When does your season start and end?

We begin skiing once the snow blankets the mountains, and we keep at it until the snow tapers off! Typically, this spans from early December to late April, but it's entirely up to Mother Nature!

What should I bring with me for a ski tour?

Before your activity, you will receive a detailed list of recommended items to bring, including appropriate clothing and gear for the activity. This typically encompasses recommended clothing and gear such as:

Ski jacket and pants, hardshell, gloves, hat, hiking boots
Woolen underlayers and socks
Backpack
Snacks & water
Skin protection against cold

Do I need to be physically fit to go skiing?

We suggest that all our guests have good physical health for skiing activities.

If you have any medical concerns but still wish to go skiing, we advise consulting with your doctor beforehand for your safety. Remember to always ski according to your own skill and fitness level.

Do any of the skiing trips cater to seniors?

Our backcountry skiing tours have no maximum age limit; as long as you're physically fit, and you are enthusiastic, you're welcome to join!

Can I bring my own gear, such as skis or a helmet?

Yes, but only if they have a touring binding that enables releasing the heel for uphill hiking using skins.

Will using a split-board affect performance?

No, in powder, most riders don't experience a performance drop compared to a solid board. However, on hard, icy snow, there's certainly a noticeable difference.

Is this tour suitable for snowboarders?

Yes, it is!

You'll need to hike uphill using snowshoes and carry the board on your backpack with sturdy straps and attachment points.

We highly recommend split-snowboards as they're much more efficient for the ascent.

Should I tip my guide?

Tipping isn't customary in Norway, as it is e.g. in the USA. Our guides put in considerable effort to ensure your experience is both enjoyable and safe, maintaining the high standards set by Outdoor Norway.

While tipping is recognized as a standard practice in the industry and is always welcomed, it's never an obligation. It's entirely up to your discretion whether you choose to leave a tip. Your appreciation for the service provided is greatly valued either way.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes.

Upon joining any activity, a waiver acknowledging risks must be read and signed. For minors, a parent or guardian is required to sign the waiver.

Meeting point

Summer Outdoor Shop address:
Evangervegen 14
5704 Voss
Norway