/ Conditions report: Valdres, Hemsedal and Lærdal - Season 17/18
Lots of it. Very few reports in for the area. Some reports in of the usual routes getting climbed in Hemsedal and a report in of climbing in Lærdal. Ice is formed, and routes are in throughout the area. Getting to them is a different matter. Pictures of people wading/swimming into routes are not uncommon.
Unless its a trade route be prepared for a swim. Off-piste without skis or snowshoes is difficult, even with ski or snowshoes making your own tracks is tiring.
I haven't seen so much snow this early in the season before.
Normally we will have a few thaw cycles that will consolidate the snow, however this year that hasn't happened.
They have advised we should dig the snow off the roofs of our houses as more snow is forecast this week. Good training!
Well it snowed again ;) Leaving the office in Vang yesterday I was able to get a look through the clouds at Langåni, that looked good, steep and mainly snow free (because its that steep). Due to the cloud cover, it hasn't been eaten by the sun yet. The other routes to the right look partially buried. Other easier routes, especially the slacker areas look buried at the moment.
Dare I say it, while the skiers will curse me; a thaw would be good to clear the routes.
Forgot to mention: Stavedalen from pictures I have seen is looking good still, with reports in that routes that are seldom in are now formed. As long as it stays cloudy, they will remain, once the sun comes out they will start to get eaten.
Sounds like the snow shoes will have to be brought out then so - planning for this coming weekend. At least the routes will be in now, compared with last year's thinness. Might make a swing by Stavedalen on the last day on the way home - otherwise too much to drive every day from Vang. We will be in the Boflaten Camping again btw if you wanna drop around for a cuppa
Sounds good. Will try to pop in. I am working out of a "felleskontor" in Vang at the moment, just a few days a week.
Vang in Valdres: Saw Langåni today, still form. Plus degrees in the valley. Should freeze again soon.
Other routes look a bit buried at the moment.
Hemsedal: Report in that Grøtnutbekken is in good conditions. A team used skis to access the route.
Another report in on people attempting Teigafossen. A team tried to access the route but after 250m turned back from the car due to snow depth. Quite a comical movie was posted. They were using snowshoes a well!
Skiing. Continues to be good in the forest. Rather flat light, so trees help a lot. Avalanche warning in Valdres is high, with three distinct problems right now.
Note to self: Check the map before skiing blindly in the forest. We ended up skiing to deep into a gorge yesterday, and the hike back up in waist-high snow was exhausting.
We’re heading to Hemsedal tomorrow evening for the rest of the week. Is everything under waist deep snow? Any recommendations?
I would imagine that many of the classics have a good track to the bottom.
Golsjuvet was used by an ice climbing seminar at the weekend, so I would imagine it will be nicely stomped.
Same as Haugsfossen above Hemsedal and Flaggetfossen on the opposite side of the valley.
You can rent ski or snowshoes from MOH+ shop which is on the main drag, a little out of the centre.
Awesome. Thanks for the heads up!
It has become milder in Valdres.
Snow. Will it ever stop? There must be at least 1m consolidated snow in the garden now.
During the weekend I saw a party had attempted Langåni. A good effort. From the pictures, it looked fat. Its given the grade 5 but I think most people say 6. The same party did possible a new route by the road, a mixed / ice thing. Looks good.
Generally lots of snow, many routes buried.
Made a small movie of skiing home. Its a first ditch attempt of filming with a drone: Feedback welcome
I´m hoping to get a better overview of crags with the drone as its often difficult to get good pictures of the crags/positions when on foot.
Drove down to Oslo yesterday: from South Aurdal to Oslo, rain and then snow on the way back. Many of the climbs observed from the E16 looked covered in snow. Steeper lines looked clear.
Cold very cold. In the garden -26 over in Hemsedal and Vang a chilly -30 at points during the weekend.
Keen parties were braving the cold, and then getting 15m into the walk in and deciding, no it really is that cold and going to the cafe. Some didn't even make it out of the car. Wisely going to the cafe.
Skiing was good, especially in the sun. The sitting lifts being the problem.
Today's little tour to Vang I viewed Langåni, still looking good. The other steep falls in the area, especially on the sunny side still look good. Normally they would be getting eaten by the sun by know. Modest difficult falls still are covered in snow on the slacker sections.
A brief visit to Hemsedal: Grøtenutbekken. Still looked very climable. This fall often gets eaten by the sun very quickly.
A bit warmer this week, about -10 Still loads of snow. A very complex avalanche problem at the moment with three distinct problems present. Worth reading the report before heading out (www.varsom.no).
The skiers will hate me for saying it. However a thaw would help many easier routes, there is still lots of soft unconsolidated snow on the slacker sections.
> Up-date: 07/02/2018
> Cold very cold. In the garden -26 over in Hemsedal and Vang a chilly -30 at points during the weekend.
> Keen parties were braving the cold, and then getting 15m into the walk in and deciding, no it really is that cold and going to the cafe. Some didn't even make it out of the car. Wisely going to the cafe.
I'm so glad we weren't the only ones suffering. We had around -20 and it was utterly miserable. Even at the coast it was still bitter cold with hard brittle ice conditions. But what a fantastic winter, eh?!
I feel your pain, -20 in Trondheim is brutal, so near to the coast as well. In Valdres...the chosen land may I remind you ;) when it's really cold, it's dry and windless.
More snow, and then for a change some more very fluffy snow. Langåni is still looking fat. However "word on the snow" is after the rather brutal cold snap the ice has become laminated somewhat.
Great skiing, I mean really great skiing. Was running an avalanche course this last weekend and had beautiful conditions for the course, with a complex snowpack and great powder in the forest for the return journey. Quite hard work for the up section.
Pictures are coming in of some of classics in Hemsedal being climbed. All seem to be the type with the short walk in, although right now, the short walk in, is still short in distance, in time, however, has become long and protracted. More of a swim.
Keywords, skis, snowshoes or speedos ;)
What a difference a day makes. Went to the office in Vang on Monday and thought Langåni and other falls on the sunnyside still looked in good conditions. Went yesterday and thought they looked cloudy and starting to get sun affected. Falls on the shady side still buried under snow. They will last a long time and look really fat.
Skiing in the forest in Vang still excellent. Unless anything changes this will continue for some time. There is an enormous amount of snow this year. A thaw is required to strip the snow of the easier routes.
Again in Hemsedal routes on the sunnyside looked like they were on the change due to sun.
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