Departures each Saturday, from 27 of February till 16 of April 2016. A IFMGA French Mountain Guide, expert of Sail and Ski in Norway, speaking fluently English with a near-native comprehension, will guide this programme.
8 days programme, including 6 days "Sail and Ski", group of 7 to 8 skiers.
Price : 2,810 EUR + 240 EUR for food (these 240 EUR for food must be paid cash directly to the skipper), including the international flight ticket from London, Paris, Bruxelles, Francfort, Geneva, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse.
Price without the international flight ticket : 2,280 EUR + 240 EUR for food (these 240 EUR for food must be paid cash directly to the skipper).
Using a comfortable yacht as a mobile base camp, moving each day to drop you on the shore of a island or a fjord of Lyngen Alps, you will climb each day a different summit, where Sea and Snow join up, in the country of Trolls and northern lights. Imagine each day a descent with your tips skiing in North Atlantic ...
Norway, thanks to an excellent snow cover due to her northern latitude, and to a winter climate softened by the Gulf Stream, offers many good mountain ranges for classic ski touring, with nights in mountain huts. But, thanks to the multiplicity of fjords of her coasts, navigation is the fastest way to have access to the most beautiful slopes, avoiding any tiring travel.
Sail and Ski, or Ski and Sail, has been created in Norway around 20 years ago. A comfortable 65 feet aluminium yacht, Paradise, welcomes a skipper, a crew member, a Mountain Guide and 7 or 8 skiers in Tromso harbour. This floating base camp, comfortable and efficient even when the sea is heavy, is equipped with all the required equipments : radars, fixed and mobiles radios, two GPS, fax, generator, outboard motors, dinghy. It will be your open sea hut, as it has been especially equipped for navigation in polar areas : central heating, cabins with 2 or 3 personal berths, hot shower (to use in moderation as the stocks of fresh water are limited), 2 toilets, a wide kitchen-room and a small living room to relax after skiing. Regarded as a crew member, you will give a hand for life on board, being on watch and taking part in the manoeuvre, following the skipper's advices. You will also give a hand to prepare meals and to do the washing-up.
Each morning, the yacht's dinghy will drop you on the shore of one of the thousands of islands or fjords of Norway coastline, on a little beach covered with birchs. From there, going up in ski touring, you will climb the slopes of Ullstinden (1093 m), Blatinden (1142 m), Uloytinden (1114 m), Kjelvagtinden (1164 m), Storgalten (1219 m), Arnöya (1050 m), Stein-Fjellet (797 m) or Björnskard (703 m), ascending a side of the peak, and skiing down another side to meet there your yacht, which, during your ski tour, has sailed around the island or to another fjord to pick you up with its dinghy at the end of your descent.
As these sites are rarely frequented by skiers, blank tracks descents are usual. The atmosphere is fantastic, with sceneries where Sea and Snow flow into each other, offering some blissfully happy moments.
- technical level : you have a very good control of your skis when going down, whatever the quality of snow may be (you can turn with skis parallel in deep powder snow), or when going up (half turns). You like to ski "off-piste", and you
have already practised several ascents in Ski Touring.
You have soon walked with crampons in a ice climbing school, a glacier trek, or on a ski-mountaineering summit.
You are a complete beginner in sailing.
- fitness level : you practise twice a week either ski touring, running, biking or swimming. During the two months before this tour, you must either run 30 minutes 3 times a week, bike 3 hours 2 times a week, or practise 6 hours of ski touring each week-end. In the same time, you will practise exercices in a gymnasium to get strong muscles in your legs (quadriceps and calfs mainly). Like this, you will be perfectly prepared for both ascents and descents, and you will appreciate the pleasure of ski touring on altitude glaciers. The average pace is 1,150 feet of rise per hour,with a difference of level climbed each day rising from 2,300 to 4,000 feet.
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