Scan Magazine | Issue 69 | October 2014

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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Autumn and Winter Experiences in Norway

Along Norway’s northwestern coast, skiers will often have views to the fjords and ocean whilst skiing.

Skiing around the fjords – one skipass, eight destinations Alpepass is a skipass which can be used at no fewer than eight skiing resorts across Sunnmøre and Nordfjord in northwestern Norway.

skiing instructors in an adventurous, picturesque and safe environment.

By Stian Sangvig | Photos: Stranda Skiresort/Simen Berg/Ellen Wollen

Several local hotels offer Alpepass as part of their accommodation package deals. The nearest airport is Ålesund’s Vigra Airport, which is an hour’s drive from the nearest resort. Direct flights are accessible from London, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Gdansk, Vilnius, Riga, Oslo and other airports within Norway. Once inside the country a regional airline can also take skiers from Oslo and Bergen to Ørsta/Volda Airport, which is next to two of the resorts.

Some of the closest situated resorts are a 20 minute drive from each other, with the furthest an hour and a half away by car. “Alpepass offers skiers the unique opportunity of direct access to 32 lifts, 60 downhill slopes, terrain parks, freeriding, powder skiing and fjord views, whilst exploring some of Norway’s most breathtaking landscapes,” General Manager Ellen Beate Wollen explains. “Our idea was to avoid a dog-eat-dog scenario of competition between the resorts and instead offer visitors a regional skiing pass like Alpepass for the benefit of skiers and resorts alike,” continues Wollen. The mountains in this particular region are steep and alpine-looking, which is relatively rare for Norway. Skiers will often have views to the fjords and ocean whilst skiing. “It has Scandinavia’s best condi-

tions for powdery snow and freeride skiing, too,” Wollen says. The skiing resorts included in the pass are Stranda Skisenter, Ørskogfjell Skisenter, Harpefossen, Stryn Skisenter, Sunnmørsalpane Fjellseter, Ørsta Skisenter, Arena Overøye and Volda Skisenter. “The change of altitude is pretty steep, starting at the highest point of 1,230 metres skiing all the way down to sea level in some places,” says Wollen. “Each resort has its unique features, with some focusing more on the adventurous and steep slopes for experienced skiers and adrenaline addicts, whilst others are less steep and more suitable for beginners, families and also cross country skiers,” she continues. What all resorts have in common is access to facilities and infrastructure for families with young children and qualified

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