Besseggen Winter Ski Touring

Besseggen- Foto by Kjell Erik Reinhardtsen/ Gjendeguiden

Do you get your skiing thrills from soaring down high peaks through untouched winter wonderlands? Are unmarked trails, far away from the hustle and bustle your ideal holiday destination? Look no further!

Welcome to the famous Jotunheimen National Park-Winter Edition! We offer backcountry skiing from Besseggen with professional and experienced guides. Besseggen Ridge is one of the most popular hikes during summer and welcomes around 60 000 people annually. However, during winter only a few decide to venture out to the ridge, making it a spectacular and peaceful adventure. Winters in Norway are cold, and even though the winter months (November, December, January, February) are very dark, there will often be sunlight during the day. This makes for truly beautiful days with clear blue skies and white snow. The groups are small and exclusive and you will be accompanied by local guides that will take you to the ridge and find the best places for you to ski down. You will be staying in a traditional mountain lodge, Bessheim Fjellstue.

This unique experience, off the beaten track in the heart of Jotunheimen is suitable for adults in good physical condition with previous experience from ski touring. We look forward to seeing you!

Accommodation, food and drinks:

  • All accommodations included
  • Food and drinks are served at accommodations
  • “Hiking-Board” meal plan with 3 meals a day included in the price! For more information read more here.

Lodging:

  • 1-2x nights Bessheim Mountain Lodge

Equipment:

Please bring the following equipment. Please contact us for equipment rental.

  • Backcountry skis and/ or Mountain skis
  • Boots
  • Ski poles

Agenda:

  • Day 1: Arrive at Bessheim by car from Oslo.
  • Day 2: Ski Touring Besseggen Area (and Departure)
  • Day 3: Free time at Bessheim and Departure (Extra day add-on)

Bessheim

Bessheim is a lovely mountain lodge located very close to Besseggen. Since its opening in 1890, Bessheim has welcomed tourists and travellers that have taken the journey to Valdres and along the National Tourist Road. It is known for its delicious cuisine, based on local produce and tradition, and considered one of the best places to eat in the area.

Agenda:

Ski Touring Besseggen

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 20 kilometers (Out and back)
  • Duration: 8-9 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 700 m
  • Degrees: Plus 5 to Minus 32 Degrees Celsius

The guide will take you from Bessheim to Bessvatnet (lake) before you start the ascent of the Besseggen Ridge. The guide will find the best places to ski down depending on the day.

There are two types of activities you can do; Ski Touring or Mountain skiing. The main difference lies in the equipment and how this allows you to move in the terrain. Ski Touring or Backcountry skiing boots and skis have heavier bindings, and are more like alpine boots. This allows for a better balance and stability when going downhill. Mountain skiing boots and skis however, are more suitable for when you have to put more hours of skiing on flat terrain/climbing to get to the peak. The skis are longer, the bindings more flexible, but in return they give less stability when going downhill. Both types give you slightly different experiences; with backcountry the downhills is the main event, but with the mountain skis the ascent is almost equally important.




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