Friday, December 20, 2013

Mørkholla season premiere

Lots of moody, changeable weather over the past week has seen some rapid changes to the snowpack around Narvik. From skiing pow one day, followed the next day by sastrugi and then a day of isothermic spring style glop before a fresh storm gives us more powder.

Yesterday gave a nice window in the weather and I squeezed in some fun skiing at higher elevations around work. First up was a lap in Mørkholla with Trond. The entrance is quite a friendly affair at present, just a steepish (45°) roll over followed by some wind buffed pow lower in the bowl interspersed with a few patches of crust in exposed areas. The lower elevations are far less wind affected and offered the best turns of the day.

Lotsa sastrugi above treeline on S and W aspects

Trond and his panoramic ghost near 2de Toppen

Mountains, fjords and some pretty colours in the sky

First lap for the season in the local favourite Mørkholla ("Dark Hole", so named because it doesn't get any direct sunlight 'til early spring)

This little chutelette on the backside of 2de toppen is getting ripe.
This was followed by another solo, headlamp-illuminated lap on the backside of Linken in the early twilight of a mid-afternoon polar dusk. Then work. Then back out again in the evening for a bout of technical, interval skinning with a few of the local fellas.

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