Ever since I moved from Norway to Berlin, I’ve found the winter a little bit more boring and a little harder to deal with, mainly due to the lack of mountains. When the leaves start falling off the trees is when I start daydreaming about snowboarding and cross-country skiing in my native winter wonderland. Ever since I was a little girl, I spent my weekends and winter holidays snowboarding or skiing in “the Alps of Sunnmøre”, Sunnmørsalpane, also known as one of the best off-piste resorts in Norway.
Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life AS/Fjord Norway
Photo: Harald Opshaug Bakke
After 13 years of snowboarding, I still get an amazing rush from cruising down a mountainside of unspoiled snow. One of the best things about Sunnmørsalpane and Strandafjellet Ski resort is that you can almost always find a spot that feels like your own powder snow paradise, and if you have the patience and strength for it, you can even put your snow shoes on and walk to a spot where no one has touched the snow yet. For those of you who haven’t tried off-piste snowboarding (or skiing yet), the best thing to do is to hire an off-piste guide who knows about avalanche dangers, as off-piste skiing is done at your own risk. You can also find “safe” areas that belong to the resort, but are not groomed to give you that special offpiste feeling.
Paradise captured by Harald Opshaug Bakke:
The resort is almost always rated in the top 10 list on average snowfall in Europe, and a great spot for powder snow riding. In addition to normally great snow conditions you have an amazing view at the fjords while riding down the slopes. Just be careful that the breathtaking view doesn’t take your attention away from possible fallen persons or jumps in front of you.
My fallen friend
This powder is going to be all mine!
How to get to Strandafjellet/Sunnmørsalpane?
The closest airport is Aalesund (AES), Vigra, and from Aalesund (40 km from the resort) you can catch a bus to Stranda that passes through Strandafjellet. Since there are not too many international flights to Aalesund, you will probably have to pass through Oslo or Bergen on your way. Check out the low-fare company Norwegian for the best prices, or sometimes you can get lucky with SAS.
See you in powder paradise!
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