Perfect snow, almost perfect weather, good accommodation, much too much food. We all skied every day, mostly together. After skiing each day, there was tea & cakes, followed by ever-more blunt emails to Inntravel about their incompetence in booking our SAS tickets (eventually sorted).
Spidsberseter has good facilities, including swimming pool, solarium and sauna. We shared one of their motel-style apartments which was a bit cramped but perfectly adequate. The resort sits towards the northerly end of an extensive area of cross-country tracks through varied terrain: some wooded, some open. Uphill sections of track often led to wonderful views of the nearby mountain ranges. Most of our fellow skiers used the well-cut tracks but we saw quite a few doing skating technique.
First Day Skiing
Monday, 28 Feb 2022. The sun shone, the temperature was cold enough for the newly cut tracks to stay crisp, but not too cold for our fingers and toes: perfect conditions for cross-country skiing.
The plan was to explore the Trimløype to the SW, then to cross a steep valley and over a col to Trabelia at the southerly end of the network of trails, then return by a largely wooded track. This proved a bit ambitious for the first day (and for Roger, the first day of skiing in 3 years) and we all carried our skis for at least some sections. Even so, this was a good start to the week.
Trim Løype and Trabelia
Tuesday, 1 March, day 2 of skiing. We woke to miserable low cloud but the sky soon cleared to give a lovely day, even better conditions than the day before. The plan for today was to ski the same route as the day before but the other way around. Visibility was superb and the scenery nicely varied. Camilla and David had enough energy left to add yesterday’s pretty Trimløype.
Wednesday 2 March, day 3 of skiing. The day started bright and clear but still cold and blowy after the overnight snow. The plan for today was to ski anti-clockwise around Dynje, to the SW of Spidsbergseter. Progress across open areas was made slow by spindrift covering the tracks and for Roger by the need to apply a warmer wax (waxless skis worked much better in these conditions) but Camiila and David were able to complete the route around Dynje, then down to Trabelia as yesterday, before heading North back to Spidsbergseter. We all found today’s skiing hard, but we all enjoyed ourselves.
Thursday 3 March, an even more beautiful day – clear blue sky again, much the same pleasant temperature but no wind so it felt less cold and the tracks were in perfect condition. Today, we skied around Svartfjellet, Black Mountain, to the West. The last few kilometres up were a bit of a slog but we were rewarded with wonderful views of mountains near and far.
We had a lovely run down, then undulating terrain to Myvegen. We had planned to go round the Trimløype but the track north to Brennflya was too enticing to ignore. The track turned out to be incomplete but we happily skied up to Mykroken with David and Camilla doing another little loop to finish off a very good day’s skiing.
Up behind the hotel
Friday 4 March and another beautiful, still day but much colder so we delayed our start by 45 minutes or so to 10.30am. Today, we skied up to the most northerly part of the local network of cut tracks, Klopptjonnet. It was a bit of a slog up but not terribly steep – and the beautiful view from the top was a panoramic delight.
We came down via Dørhøgda (Drogheda in David’s telling) then down the long descent to Spidsbergsetter. Parts were marked as very steep but we managed the whole thing with little difficulty. David and Camilla added a 3 mile loop to the south then joined Roger in the hotel bar for the daily tea and cakes included in our Inntravel booking. We all drank bucket-loads of tea, a sign of how dehydrating these conditions can be.
Saturday 5 March, another good day’s skiing but the weather was now changing. The day started a bit cloudy and a little breezy, then clouded up with a stiff cold wind. But by the end of our day’s skiing, blue sky started to appear and the dark clouds and wind left us.
We made a fairly early start, south to Buvatnet and Fristketjonn, then West to complete the loop around Dynje. Most of the ski around Dynje was very pleasing, especially the snow hole we found for our lunch stop, complete with a bench upholstered with fir branches. Luxury! Our luxury lunch location prepared us for the 2.5km uphill from Lundtjønn to Fjellmillom, in the face of a stiff wind which made it perhaps the hardest skiing of the week. But, as we turned back east, the wind was behind us and then dropped as the sky cleared.
Sunday 6 March. The day started with thin cloud and lots of sunshine but there was again a stiff breeze making the open sections of track painfully cold, as well as covering them with spin-drift.
Rogr opted for a short day, south-west to the Trimløype. Getting there and back meant negotiating a few km of exposed trails with no protectin from the wind, but the Trimløype itself is mainly sheltered by trees and was well worth doing. That short day of skiing was followed by a few lengths of the hotel pool, a quick sauna and an hour or so lounging in the solarium. David and Camilla opted for a more challenging day, aiming to ski the southerly trails, but the conditions caused a change of plan. Instead, they too headed for the Trimløype, skiing round not once but twice!
And that was the end of our skiing. Our journey home on Monday was long but uneventful. WE were back home by 9.30 that evening, ending a good skiing trip and a good holiday.