Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shame Valley Chute

Got back into Skamdalsrenne today with Mike, it was the first time I've skied it in years and I was reminded of the reason why I've always referred to it as the greatest couloir in Norway. It is mythic. So ridiculously deep that to take photographs of it I ended up having to use the panorama mode in a vertical setting.

The snow left a bit to be desired. Wind affected and slabby in places, firm bed surface from some dry loose slides in other places; in the lower section the left hand side was sun affected and spring like whilst the right side was shaded and held cold, dry wintery snow. Every turn was different, but the immense granite walls towering above were enough to keep the stoke level pretty high.

On top of Tverdalsfjellet the views aren't too bad.

The entrance was more filled in than I've seen it in the past, rocks lurked centimetres below the surface though, so side stepping was called for

We were back at the car a little after 11, so we were even able to squeeze in lunch before heading to work.

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