WINTER

Adventures in winter are always special.  There is something very pure and majestic about winter time in Norway, with the frozen landscape revealing itself as a still and harsh beauty.

At Valdres Guides we offer a full range of bespoke winter mountaineering skills courses / mentoring on both Ice and mixed, in the valley and in the high mountains.  All courses are to the Norwegian Fjellsports standard.

We offer courses in

Ski touring & Mountaineering

Winter Ski/mountaineering

Winter Ski-touring / Mountaineering

The course will be held in the Uranos massive in the Jotunheim.  These spectacular mountains, offer long tours over moderately difficult ski terrain and therefore are perfect for a more modest skier, for what we might call a British ski mountaineer.   The terrain is often more gentle, with short steeper sections and there is a good balance between touring, skiing and mountaineering.  The mountaineering sections are considered none technical, although crampons and axe might be needed under certain conditions.

The tours are generally long and therefore focus on lighter equipment and good general fitness is advantageous.

Ski level:  Suit a very British style of skiing, with focus on mountain fitness rather than technique.

The majority of the terrain is under 20 degrees.  Should able to ski red runs, link turns and traverse steeper slopes. All this with a day rucksack on.

Participant / Instructor ratio: 6:1 At Valdres Fjellguider we keep our groups small with focus on good communication and learning environment.

Accommodation: Based at Fondsbu DNT hytta (shared rooms). If participants wish we could stay in Eidsbugarden hotel, although this is much more expensive.

For an outline of the tour / course see our blog post.

If you want more advice or to start planning, please  contact us.

Price Guide:

Price per person: 7000 nok.

In addition is the price for accommodation:

Members of DNT (it worth being a member as it will pay for itself during the week:
Shared room man 3 people: *1800 nok
Food: Breakfast, lunch and dinner: *2675 nok

*This can be reduced by for example by sharing a 4-6 person room or even more by sleeping in a more alpine style dormitory.

Check out or fast dates here.

Winter Mountaineering Skills

This course covers a general look at winter skills and includes; Planning, what to wear, when to go, eating and drinking, avalanche awareness, basic snow science, navigation, winter survival if everything goes wrong and above all else enjoying this unique time of year.  Winter can be harsh and at the same time beautiful. The course can be run on foot, snowshoes or skis (Both mountain or randonee).

Participant / Instructor ratio: 4:1 At Valdres Fjellguider we keep our groups small with focus on good communication and learning environment.

If you want more advice or to start planning, please  contact us.

Price Guide:

Price per person:  Dependent on how many days you require:  Between 4000 for 3.5days to 7000 nok for 6.5 days.  In addition will be the cost of accommodation, which is around 250 not per night (This reduces for longer courses).

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Mountaineering - Uransotind

Winter climbing courses – Foundation

This course will teach you from the very basics to lead climbing in winter.  Mainly focused around ice climbing, the week long course will cover basics including, movement on ice, route choice, security, basic avalanche evaluation and buddy rescue.  The course will be run on single pitch and multi pitch terrain in and around Valdres.

Participant / Instructor ratio: 3:1  At Valdres Fjellguider we keep our groups small with the focus on good communication and learning environment.

If you want more advice or to start planning, please  contact us.

Price Guide:

Price per person:  6,5 days course – 8500 nok including accommodation.

Cost of travel from Oslo airport (with return) – 1000 nok (takes approximately 3,5hours)

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ice climbing isklatrekurs

Climbing Course (Ground)

The aim of this course is to take people with little or no climbing experience to a point where they can rope climb in a safe and competent manner and understand the techniques to do this.

The courses is  run over 3.5 to 6.5 days and can be based in the valley or the high mountains or a combination of both depending on the time of year. The course covers basics like movement on rock, safe belaying, being a competent second, before moving on to placing your own climbing protection, arranging belays and basic buddy / self rescue techniques.

At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

Price per person: from 3500 to 6500 nok (*accommodation)

If you want more advice or to start planning, please contact us.

Buddy Rescue Courses

The aim of this course is to take people with some experience of climbing to a point they are confident in self rescue / buddy rescue. 2.5 days.

Norway has a strong tradition of self rescue and this course provides the basic building blocks to get yourself out of that awkward situation.  Often refereed to in Norwegian as “Når alt går galt” (When everything goes crazy).

The course is run over a long weekends. At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

Price per person: 2500 nok (*accommodation)

If you want more advice or to start planning, please contact us.

Bespoke climbing courses

If you want a specific approach or the course tailer made to you needs then contact us to find out more information.

Bespoke Winter climbing courses
If you already have climbing experience, but want to further your knowledge, then this is the course for you.  After discussing your goals we can formulate a bespoke course.  You may wish to focus on technique or progress from single pitch routes on to multi pitch climbs.  You may just wish to climb in a new area of Norway and want local knowledge and expertise to get the most out of your climbing trip.  All this we can help you with.

Participant / Instructor ratio: 2:1  At Valdres Fjellguider we keep our groups small with the focus on good communication and learning environment.

Please just contact us to discuss your requirements.

Price Guide:

Price per person:  Dependent on how many days you require:  Between 4000 for 3.5days to 7000 nok for 6.5 days.  In addition will be the cost of accommodation, which is around 250 nok per night (This reduces for longer courses).

Ice climbing courses isklatrekurs

Climbers glacier course

The aim of this course is to take people who are already  climbers / mountaineers to a point where they can cross any glacier in a safe manner while on there way to there alpine objective.

The course is run over 4 days and is based in the high mountains and is focused on two climbers per rope team.

There will be one tour day putting everything into action and will hopefully take in a peak!  The courses are based in the Jotunheim  and can be hostel based or tent based depending on budget.

At the end of the course you will receive a diploma.

If you want more advice or to start planning, please contact us.

Avalanche – The basics – Nordic / Alpine

This weekend course will teach the basics in a friendly informal manner.  It will cover planning your tour, understanding avalanche bulletins, weather forecasts, understanding terrain, especially terrain traps and basic rescue techniques.

The course will focus heavily on what is called “the human factor”  and “self reflection” both these area are turning out to be vital in avoiding being caught in an avalanche.

The course runs from Friday evening to Sunday.  Both Saturday and Sunday will be spent out on tour in real terrain.  The main focus is on gaining knowledge and learning therefore the tours are not technical or demanding and will suit all abilities of Nordic ski competence.

Participant / Instructor ratio: 4:1  At Valdres Fjellguider we keep our groups small with the focus on good communication and learning environment.

This course can be combined with ski-touring and winter skills to make a package.

If you would like any other information please contact us.

Price guide:

Per person for a 2,5 days course: 3000 nok.  In addition to this is accommodation at 250 not per person per night. Also take into consideration you might need to hire skis and avalanche equipment.

Check out or fast dates here.

Alpine Mentoring

There comes a time when in your progression as a Alpinist you need to a little guidance to take you to the next level.  There are very few good Alpinist that haven’t at one time or another had a mentor. They are often found by chance.  At Valdres Fjellguider we can be that Alpine mentor for you.  The relationship between participant and mentor is not a commercial contract, more of a guiding hand, a listening ear and a huge dollop of Alpine knowledge.

Participant / Instructor ratio: 1:1-3 depending on what level you want to go to.  This type of mentoring is to intense to be in big groups. Its personal, up front and direct. Just like Alpine mountaineering.

If you would like any other information please contact us.

Price Guide:

We see this as a long term commitment and not just a one off weekend course. You will almost certainly commit to several off the shelf courses as well as bespoke and eventually 1 on 1 adventures and reckon tours for other courses.  Who knows you might even end up being the Alpine buddy of one of our instructors. This happens.

Find a way through one of the larger crevasses.