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Praktische Informationen - Skifahren

Here you will find useful information related to our tours, and about skiing in the Norwegian mountains in general.
You will find additional information connected for each tour. Most tours are self-guided for individuals.
See Terms and Conditions regarding booking, payment, cancellation etc. 

Self-guided tours 
Our favourite concept is self-guided tours, including luggage transfer, accommodation and meals. This means going on your own and deciding your own speed. You can take a break, shortcut or detour whenever you want. After an exciting day in the outdoors you will arrive at your destination for a tasty dinner and a good night’s sleep before moving on the next day.
Before starting on your self-guided tours, you get a tour description, one set of topographic maps and an equipment list (suggestions). These documents cannot be ordered without booking one of our tours.

Price and what’s included in the price
See details listed in the websites for each tour. 
Prices are based on double rooms or apartments (min. 2 persons).

Ski rental
Ski rental is not included in the basic price but can be arranged through our office.

Accommodations
In general, you stay in hotels with good facilities, but there will be a variation in standard of rooms/apartments. 
At some tours along the Troll Trail you will stay overnight in a DNT self-service cabin. This cabin does not have an indoor toilet, or a shower and you must carry water from outside.
The cabin is fully stocked with duvets and pillows, but you must bring your own hut sacks, also known as hut sleepers, or sleeping bags, and a small towel. Please follow the cabin regulations and traditions (i.e. cleaning before leaving and signing the cabin-journal).

Meals
Most tours include breakfast, self-packed lunch from the breakfast-buffet and, filling of your own thermos with tea or coffee. Dinner is also included. Some of the hotels have Norwegian buffet. See each tour for details.
The DNT self-service cabin is stocked with provisions including tinned goods, Instant Coffee, Tea bags, rye crispbread and powdered soup packets. The selection may vary and sometimes we experience that the storage misses a few things. The food storage in the cabin does not contain any fresh food, like vegetables or bread. You must prepare your own meals and clean up after you. 

Transfers
See details listed in the websites for each tour whether transfers are included or not. Most of our tours include transfer from/to Oslo Airport Gardermoen.

Luggage transfer
Except when you go to and from the DNT self-service cabin (The Troll Trail), you will only need to carry a day sack whilst skiing.
Your main luggage will be transferred between the accommodation sites. Luggage will be transferred in cars and small vans, so please keep both size and weight of luggage to a respectable limit of about 15 kg, and only one bag per person. You will be required to bring your own luggage to the front desk every day. 
It may be possible to follow the car from one hotel to the next, if necessary. Ask at the reception at the hotel/guest house. Depending on what kind of transportation they can offer, you may be charged for it.

Level of difficulty
You need some experience to join our ski tours, or you can join a week of lerning in Venabu.
⦁    The Peer Gynt Trail and the Jotunheimen cross-country trail are suitable for people with normal good condition and some skiing experience. The tours run in gentle terrain and groomed tracks.
⦁    The Troll Trail from Høvringen to Lillehammer requires that you are well trained and have more experience. You must be able to use map and compass and have the right clothes and equipment for rough high mountain terrain. This tour has some demanding day trips in open mountain terrain where the trails are ungroomed and only marked with bamboo-sticks. 
⦁    The tour in Rondane National Park is quite gentle, but has one section that requires more experience, like The Troll Trail. 
For all tours you must sign our booking form agreement to confirm that you participate at your own risk. 
Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance, covering every possible accident. The insurance must cover helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. 

Period – Weather conditions
The Troll trail and The Peer Gynt trail is normally marked from the beginning of February until just after Easter.
February: Dry snow, short days and cold temperatures.
March - April: All kinds of snow conditions can be expected, both dry and wet snow. You will have more hours of daylight and often sunny.
Please note that Discover Norway AS is not responsible for the weather conditions. Sometimes the weather makes it impossible to ski due to safety reasons. Alternative transport on such days may incur additional charges.
 

The Norwegian mountain code    
Norway is an incredible place to explore. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

1 - Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected. 
⦁    Plan your trip based on your abilities, and always include alternative options. 
⦁    Obtain current information about the area and the weather conditions. 
⦁    Listen to the advice of seasoned mountaineers where possible. 
⦁    Ensure you have sufficient knowledge and practical skills to complete the trip.
⦁    Respect the natural environment. Plan ahead and don't leave any litter. 

2 - Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
⦁    Assess the conditions continuously and adjust your plans accordingly.
⦁    Travelling with others is safer and means you'll have someone to share your experiences with. 
⦁    Do not embark on a long trip without sufficient experience. 
⦁    You must be able to take care of yourself.
⦁    Make sure your group maintains an open and direct line of communication at all times.

3 - Pay attention to the weather.
⦁    Always check the weather forecast and to see what impact they have on the area. 
⦁    Follow the advice and choose alternatives when conditions are too demanding. 
⦁    Check the conditions on yr.no and storm.no.
⦁    Monitor the development of the weather and avalanche conditions along the way. Bear in mind that plans may need to be adjusted.

4 - Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
⦁    Dress appropriately for the weather, and the terrain.
⦁    Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains. Bring extra clothing.
⦁    Extra food and drink can help save lives, if the trip takes longer than planned or you have to wait for help.

5 - Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
⦁    In the winter, you need a wind sack/bivy sack (and sometimes also a shovel so that you can spend the night outdoors if you have to). 
⦁    Bring a first aid kit so you can help yourself and others.
⦁    Mobile phones can be a useful tool but remember that they don't work in all situations and areas.
⦁    If an accident occurs, alert the police at 112, go to get help or try to notify someone with other means.

6 - Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
⦁    Be aware that avalanches can start in drops higher than five meters and steeper than 30 degrees.
⦁    Even if you walk in flat terrain, you can trigger an avalanche on the mountainside above you.
⦁    An avalanche dropout zone can be three times the height of the drop.
⦁    Avoid terrain traps, such as narrow gorges. Consider what will happen if there is an avalanche.
⦁    Be aware that a cornice can break off when you walk on a mountain ridge.
(No risk if you follow the groomed and marked trails.)

7 - Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
⦁    A map and compass are essential basic equipment that always works.
⦁    Pay attention to the map even when hiking on a marked trail.
⦁    Knowing where you are on the map makes for a better hiking experience.

8 - Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
⦁    Evaluate your route continuously. 
⦁    If conditions become difficult, choose your best alternative long before you or your group members become exhausted.
⦁    Have the circumstances changed? Should you turn around?

9 - Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.
⦁    Adjust your hiking speed to the weakest member of the group, and make sure that everyone can keep up.
⦁    Remember to eat and drink frequently. When you exert yourself, your body needs more fluids than you may feel you need.
⦁    Don't wait until you are exhausted before you seek shelter. Strong winds will tire you out quickly.
⦁    Use your wind sack or dig a snow cave before it's too late.

About the mountain code
The mountain code was introduced after a number of accidents and deaths during Easter 1950. The mountain code has since become part of the Norwegian cultural heritage.
The updated mountain code is suitable for all seasons and is a good guide in both the planning and the implementation of shorter and longer trips.
Common sense in the mountains isn't just about what you should and should not do. It is about having a conscious relationship with nature, the choices you make and your actions. This is why the mountain code is laid out as a learning circle: from planning to meeting the group and assessing the current conditions. Then adjust your plans based on what you experience on the hike. Reflection is the most important thing.    

We welcome you to Norway and an unforgettable winter vacation!

Discover Norway AS is not responsible for typographical errors in the program.

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