Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Vagen - Lofoten Islands ski day 2 (Topptur)

A great ski day - this peak is listed in the Norway Topptur guide as Smatinden.  You can see it  from the streets of Svolvaer.  We climbed a ridge that was steep in places before gaining open ground and great views.  James dug a "quick pit" to check on shear layers in the snowpack.   There was a prominent shear layer at 35cm then solid icy snow.  Below that there was another layer at around 80cm.  While they were prominent, the snow above was firm and there was no evidence of major releases.

Gaining the ridge between two summits there was good views over to Kleppstadheia where we skied yesterday.

The summit to the south was easy to get to and very airy on the top.  A couple of Norwegians from Oslo were having lunch very close to the edge.

There is a ski descent down the other side {west} but we skied back down our ascent route in heavy snow then traversed to the next col.  This skiing down there was good at the top but the snow got wet and heavy down lower.

We skinned back up a good slope and had the best run of the day back down before descending to the right into a gully then out onto flatter ground to get back to the car (shuttle).

This was an excellent ski day, followed by an excellent chicken curry for dinner, thanks Rupert!

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