Stetinden Ski & Norwegian Sandwich Folding — Jotunheimen


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | May 22, 2015      
This post will give you an idea of Jotunheimen terrain you can access from the lodges. It's vast. You will salivate. Get there during spring snowpack, sometime in late April or early May.

This post will give you an idea of Jotunheimen terrain you can access from the lodges. It’s vast. You will salivate. Get there during spring snowpack, sometime in late April or early May. While the snowpack did not appear avalanche prone, they’ve had some bad accidents perhaps due to over confidence. As with spring skiing anywhere, what you’ll find in safety and quality will depend on aspect. That’s today’s goal up ahead, Stetinden. We’ll all ski from near the summit, down through various terrain options, then scoot a quick few clicks to automobile parking.

It was only a few hours ago we were nocturnal skiing beneath the luna of Norge, mopping up the last of Stian’s troll blood flask. After sleeping in for ten minutes then consuming a large Norwegian hut breakfast (my preferences: fresh bread loaded with jam, eggs and meat, washed down with coffee and juice) I was recovered enough to accompany the crew for a last summit in the Jotunheimen (I’ll be meeting Lisa after this and doing another week in Norway, but in other areas).

This morning we’re still at Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge, that Norwegian paradise where you can cover your eyes, point, and you’ll be picking out another peak to ski or another waffle to consume. In this case, we needed a peak that would circle us around to the car parking area. Choice: Stetinden, a pretty arete with a sharp rocky summit and couloir system that could yield something for everyone.

Flag on the lodge. All hail Norway, land of glisse.

All hail Norway, land fish, 10 dollar beers, and clearly some of the best ski touring on the planet.

Apre ski.

Apre ski.

While climbing Stetinden  behind you are summit slopes of Stehoe, the mountain just south of Leirvassbu Lodge.

While climbing Stetinden behind you are summit slopes of Stehoe, the mountain just south of Leirvassbu Lodge. You can circle around from the lodge and enjoy hippy powder on these lower angle slopes, or get steeper terrain if desired.

End of our Jotunheimen travels.

End of our Jotunheimen travels. An amazing journey to see the Jotunheimen. Now that I’ve skied some of the terrain and studied the maps, I’m thinking just about any group could customize trips to their ability and fitness level. But know these lands are big on vertical and big on horizontal, so come prepared for a bit more than just snapping up your heel lifters and taking a quick jaunt of 500 meters of vert. In terms of recommendations, from what I saw you could not go wrong with a visit to Leirvassbu sometime in early May or late April.

In case anyone is trip planning and seeing these blog posts, know that the private toll road up Leirdalen valley to Leirvassbu parking is easy to find. When driving Route 55 from Lom towards Sogndal, you take a left turn at 26 km from Lom Centre. If you’re driving from Sogndal you take a right about 16 km after passing over the highpoint of the road. Combine those directions with a GPS and finding the road should be easy. The toll road is plowed by the lodge owners in early spring, and appears to be quite an exceptional amenity for access to skiing even if you don’t use it to reach the lodge. We saw a few tent groups using the road in exactly that way.

Stetinden map

BONUS FEATURE — NORWEGIAN SANDWICH FOLDING TECHNIQUES

Norway is slowly being modernized; they have plastic bags for sandwiches at some lodges. But the tradition of wrapping food in paper refuses to die, and for good reason. A sandwich in plastic tends to get soggy, so use paper that can breathe through the seams and your sando remains intact for enthusiastic consumption. The locals have some slick ways of getting the wrap to stay without tape. We tried to imitate with mixed results. Check out a few images of the process.

Experiments in Norwegian sandwich wrapping.

First step is of course to build the sando. Here, our participant has been unable to resist the vast variety of makings set up by Leirvassbu staff. Note the gjetost cheese stash present to left — of all cheeses it is said to be closest to chocolate fudge. As a result, the gjetost line at the buffet can be longer than an LA traffic jam.

To keep bread scrumptious, a thick smear of soft butter is quite effective.

To keep bread scrumptious, a thick smear of soft butter is quite effective.

This is one of hundreds made every morning.

This is one of hundreds made every morning.

Sando is placed on a length of food wrapping paper available from a roll on the buffet counter.

Sando is placed on a length of food wrapping paper available from a roll on the buffet counter.

Next step appeared to be common to most practitioners: a simple roll-fold.

Next step appeared to be common to most practitioners: a simple roll-fold.

Roll completed.

Roll completed.

This is where it gets tricky. The experts have a sneaky way of tucking the ends, but crimping with multiple folds works as well.

This is where it gets tricky. The experts have a sneaky way of tucking the ends, but crimping with multiple folds works as well.

Getting there, but 5 more to go.

Getting there, but 5 more to go.

This one is embarrassing, probably mine. Let's just call it the 'rug wrap.'

This one is embarrassing, probably mine. Let’s just call it the American ‘rug wrap.’

Simple crimp style, done.

Simple crimp style, nicely done.

This one used the 'Norwegian end tuck,' which appeared more reliable but did take more time.

This one used the ‘Norwegian end tuck,’ which appeared more reliable but did take more time.

By the way, a few thank yous are in order for the Jotunheimen portion of my Norway trip. First to Stian Hagen for arranging the whole thing, including a bunch of hosting that made it affordable. Not only is Stian an accomplished pro skier, but he’s also a qualified guide who’s quite got it together. Nice to get to know him. Also kudos to Marker-Volkl as well as Spiterstulen and Leirvassbu. Also thanks to the “boys” for having the seasoned mountain man along, and to Toby for the ride to Oppdal. More blog posts coming, with new people and some shifts in focus.


Comments

4 Responses to “Stetinden Ski & Norwegian Sandwich Folding — Jotunheimen”

  1. Scott May 22nd, 2015 6:17 pm

    Lovin the sando wrap
    A neat way to play Scando without a passport!

  2. Lina May 22nd, 2015 9:07 pm

    Beautiful! It takes practice to get the matpakke wrapping down… Miss my homecountry.

  3. ptor May 23rd, 2015 1:04 pm

    Where’s the brown cheese?

  4. Adam U May 23rd, 2015 10:34 pm

    Stian ate it all!

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