The Whiteblue team

At Whiteblue we never comprimise on safety. Our first priority is to get you safe back home. Altough traveling in steep mountains during winter time give some degree of risk we always put safety first. Our guides are highly qualified professionals with local knowledge. They will chose the objective for the day after a firm analysis of the recent days weather and the forcast for the day.

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UIAGM Alpine Guide
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nglogo Jostein Aasen
(Nor)
UIAGM Alpine Guide
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nglogo Sverre Hjelmeland (Nor)
UIAGM Apine Guide
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Seth Hobby
(US/Nor)
AMGA Alpine Guide

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bigtrix Torkel Karoliussen
(Nor)
Adventurer and inventor of Powdercruise the mother of Whiteblue Adventure.
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logo Per Christian Tyldum (Nor)
Owner and Organizer
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logo Jens-Petter Ring (Nor)
Owner and Organizer

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Physical level and training

As this kind of skiing demands you to walk up before skiing down, it requires you to have normal physical form. It is not required that you are a top athlete, but you should have a physical form that allows you to jog in 40-50 minutes, or walk with a back pack in 4 hours.

Alpine touring is more about endurance than strength. Our guides will not hurry in front, but moving in a steady pace with frequent pauses to ensure fluid and food intake in the group.

If you come unprepared for the trip you will not enjoy the experience either on the way up or down. If you are already worn out reaching the top, you will not enjoy the ride down and probably the whole experience will not be enjoyable.

Climbing peaks in the lowlands, of course, is much less demanding than in high altitude. If you are used to hike on peaks above 2000 meters you will find sea to summit skiing a lot less exhausting.

Nevertheless we will try to find hikes that meet your skill level. A tour can last from 3-8 hours and on an average day we will do 700-1400 vertical meters.

You should expect to ski in varying snow conditions. Unfortunately, not every day holds deep powder or delicious spring snow. Be prepared that on a single run it can be powder, slush and sometimes wind packed snow. This is demanding of course, but also the naked truth about summit to sea skiing. Our experienced guides will always look for the best snow conditions, but in the end of the day there are higher powers that decides the outcome. Still we will never stop searching for the right place!

We recommend that you have conducted some tours with touring skies in advance of the trip. Maybe more importantly is that you have done some off-pist skiing.

Slopes will vary from 25-45 degrees steep, and the group level will therefore affect the routes.

25-35 degrees corresponds to the steep alpine slopes found in a ski resort, whilst 45 degrees are perceived as significantly steeper. It does not mean that 45 degrees is significantly harder or more difficult. If the snow conditions are correct also 45 degree is skiable with less experience in advance.

Each group consists of max 6 guests. If all in the group is of little experience there is not a problem to adjust to the skill level of the group. If you are alone and less skilled than the rest of the group it can be more difficult for us to adjust to each and every ones needs. It doesn't mean that you shouldn't plan for a trip alone! The best thing is to contact us, and we can put you into a group where skills match.

Are you unsure of your physical form and your skill level, please contact us.

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Smart packing!

As transport from Hurtigruten to the mountains is by VW Caravelle minibuses or similar. These cars fit perfectly on board the Hurtigruten, and are comfortable cars on the road.

To ensure that everyone is comfortable and a smooth loading process, we advise you to pack your travel luggage as 1 large bag and 1 backpack for skiing.

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Equipment list

Required personal equipment:

- Randonné or telemark skis
- Boots with walking function
- Poles
- Climbing Skins tailored for ski
- Crampons*
- Ski crampons
- Water bottle or camel back
- Avalanche Beeper*
- Shovel
- Probe pole
- Rucksack 35-45 liters
- Shell jacket and pants.
- Soft-shell pants.
- Fleece/insulation garments
- Wool or similar underwear or similar
- Socks of wool
- Sunglasses
- Goggles
- Beanie, Buff/Headbands
- Helmet
- Sunscreen incl lip protection.
- Warm Gloves
- Blister band aid or sport tape

Alternatively equipment:

- Head light
- Camera
- Ice axe*
- Harness – for glacier travel*

* can be hired at request.

 

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