FEB – MARCH 2012

March 29 – Great conditions return with cold weather after the storm! Overnight the snow dried out and provided sensational skiing for Hannes’s group on Gillavarri and Daniel’s group on Trolltinden.SAM_3817_-_karin
Karin von Die Schweiz in full control
Happy days Markku has forgotten the rain!
Lorenz high above the fjord and fuelled after lunch
Who loves you Daddy – Beat on top
Kristina kicking back on the summit

Lorenz blazing some carving turns in the powder
Markku dreaming of Finland

March 26 – welcoming new groups from Italy, Switzerland, Finnland, USA and Sweden. New snow falling and it looks a promising week ahead. Groups began with training on Storhaugen and Uløya with some boat action. Daniel and Hannes guiding this week.DSC_4057March 23 – Perfect last day of the week with Uløya in great light and conditions today. We finished the week off with a dolphin display on the boat journey home. Thanks to all guests and see you next year!Lyngen_Lodge_Graham_Austick_1
More than just a ski holiday!
On the Spirit of Lyngen for a boat drop off to the island of Uløya
Steve ready for the last day
Great ambience with a mixture of cloud and sun towards Kjelvågtinden
Dirk high above the fjord and good snow too
“Tomba” Oli carving it up
A new friend joining the us for the journey home… and his 20 other friends!

March 21 – Perfect sunshine and groups headed the Peninsula for a remote beach ski experience. Great snow and terrain fitting for another film setting for Lord of the rings!DSC_3882
Down at the beach, left to right: Sarah, Steve, Ruth, “Tomba Oli” Natasha, Dirk and Gurtrud
Dirk and Gertrud closing in on the col for lunch
Skiing through the gates of Moldal
More snow coming? A perfect halo around the sun

March 20 – Our condolences to the familes of the tragic accident that occured yesterday when a group of skiers on a sail boat were involved in an avalanche accident in our local mountains. The group were not connected with Lyngen Lodge but the lodge was used as a base for rescue operations. Our groups today visited areas away from the accident scene and had a calm reflective day on Kågen and Gillavari.DSC_3702
A peaceful day over a still fjord
Gurtrud from Belgium cruising the soft snow mid mountain.
Steve from the USA, enjoying some great turns towards Olderdalen

March 18 – New guests from Austria, USA, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany arrived for another week of skiing in sunshine! Fresh snow overnight cleared to sunshine for our first warm up day with avalanche snow safety training and some great skiing on Storhaugen and Uløya.DSC_3162DSC_3200
Natasha upwards to Storhaugen south summit
Along the windy ridge
Steve in good form for the first day
Avalanche group training – searching for the buried transceiver

March 15 – Island Kågen traverse with transport from the Spirit of Lyngen to a beach drop off. Brilliant traverse through varied and spectacular landscape. Photos today from Mark Schofield UK (Hannes’s group)KI_2
Beach drop off at low tide – Hannes’s group even brought along their own clown in yellow pants for the week nice pants “Hannes”!
Onwards and upwards out of the forest
View over to the islan of Laukøya
This Kågen traverse winds through many valleys with towering rock walls creating a completely unique “Lyngen Ski” experience

March 14 – Powder skiing at it’s best! Overnight snow and waking to a clearing sky and sunshine was not a dream today! Behind the lodge gave the most fresh snow in the region and Storhaugen and Sorbmegaisa provided sensational skiing today.DSC_3105
Simon bagging fresh tracks
Jamie not sure to look at the snow or the view
The panorama view point – no buses here!
The summit ridge between the north and south summit
Hannes’s group heading up
Simon loving the powpow
Jamie with one long open face below his feet…

March 13 – after heavy snowfall at the lodge overnight, conditions were very promising for an excellent day skiing as the clouds lifted during breafast. Nacho’s group and mine headed on the boat to Blaatinden and Hannes to Giilavarri. The weather from the north delivered fresh snow squalls all day and in between the sun windows we had super great skiing in perfect powder.DSC_2703
Nacho’s thumbs up and Javier heading to the beach drop off
Idse skippering the Zodiac away from the Spirit of Lyngen to the beach
Simon and Jamie lapping up the views high above the fjord to Blåtinden
Perfect fresh pow
So good we did it again!nacho_morales_6__13-03-12
Javier, Inigo, Blas and Fernando part of Nacho Morales group from Spain heading up towards Blåtinden
nacho_morales_9__13-03-12March 12 – Full snow storm from the north brought lots of snow, best skiing today was below 700m as the wind was very strong on the high mountain. Uløya, Giilavarri and Sorbmegaisa provided groups with some good powder skiing.DSC_2676
Jamie in complete snow storm at 500m but the powder building up!
Action in the trees – pulling off an new unseen before jump style!
Simon heading for the forest with better visibility

Welcoming our groups from Spain, USA, UK and Catalonia. The clouds cleared early morning and the sun appeared on Sorbmegaisa located south of the lodge and on the island of Uløya providing good powder skiing mid mountain. Nacho visiting guide from Spain and my group took the Spirit of Lyngen to Havnnes and Hannes with his group up to Sorbmegaisa. Good start to the week with snow forecast tonight.IMG_0932
Jamie a returning for his second visit to lodge brought his brother Simon to experience the Lyngen skiingIMG_0928
Lunch stop high above the Rotsund
Nacho’s group reaching the summit of Kjelvågtinden
Jamie enjoying first turns for the week
Simon heading for the deckchair on the beach below

YES!! The 2012 ski season begins with a welcome of 3 groups for the first week. One group from Norway the second a mixture from Switzerland, UK, France and the third from the UK. It’s been a late snow start for the season but the snow has arrived (two days ago!) and provided some excellent powder skiing on Store Haugen and Uloya. Great to be back in action on skis!Lyngen_Lodge_G_Austick_2
Rhian and Claire from the UK climbing above Havnnes on Uløya IslandLyngen_Lodge_G_Austick_5
Sensational early season light with clouds forming and a low sun_DSC3638
Rhian enjoying the powder first tracksLyngen_Lodge_G_Austick_4
Great turns in fresh powder for as far as the eyes can see…Lyngen_Lodge_G_Austick_1
Stefan’s groups from Norway heading to the summit of Kjelvagtinden on Uløya, Knut, Ola, Erik, Geir, Stein and Andreas. Not sure in that order but they are up there!_DSC3557Knut, Claire and Andreas boarded on the Spirit of Lyngen boat for the fjord crossing.