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Jämtland Backcountry Weekend Skiing in Sweden

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Enjoy skiing in Sweden on this wild backcountry weekend in Jamtland. Stay in a remote farmhouse near the best snow spots in the region and cap pristine powder runs during the day with warm Swedish "mys" in the evenings.

Group

3 Days

Jan - Apr

High

Intermediate


Highlights

* Spend 3-days in Jamtlands gorgeous wilderness enjoying thrilling runs.

* Explore a pristine region with untouched snow and beautiful landscapes.

* Enjoy delicious cuisine and a cozy farmhouse atmosphere in the evenings.

Description

Spend the weekend skiing in Sweden, away from it all, as you enjoy the untouched powder runs of the Jämtland backcountry on this 3-day adventure that will take you to experience the best runs in Scandinavia.

This unique weekend tour takes place in the backcountry of north Jämtland, approximately 90 minutes from Östersund, where we will stay in a cozy farmhouse and experience unparalleled skiing conditions. We’re talking about fresh snow from the night before, in abundant quantities, pristine, pure, and untouched, just waiting for us to finish a delicious breakfast by the woodstove before we set off.

We take care of the logistics and of you. A snowmobile transfer to the farm, accommodation, and all meals with delicious 3-course dinners. Plus, an overview of avalanche safety and how to get to the perfect spots where the trees are spaced for the best powder turns. Meanwhile, when you’re not out enjoying splendid runs, you will help to feed the fire, drink hot coffee, play games, and have a good time.

If it sounds like a plan to you, then keep in mind that you don’t need to be an expert, but you do require some prior ski touring experience to join. Additionally, you will need a good level of fitness as we will be skiing throughout the day.  Ideally, you will also have some experience using or learning to use avalanche equipment. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask.

So, are you ready for a great time in the Jamtland backcountry? Then contact us today and we will be happy to take you skiing in Sweden on an unforgettable getaway weekend.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer

- Clean drinkable water

- Mountain guide expenses

- Hot shower

- Avalanche equipment

Price details

PRICE INCLUDES:

Ski Touring Guide for 3 days

Safety Equipment

Avalanche Equipment (transceiver, shovel, and probe)

Accommodation in a shared cabin including towels and bed linen

All meals from lunch day 1 to lunch day 3 (This includes 3-course dinners and moose meatballs for breakfast. The food on this trip is nothing but stellar!)

Snowmobile transfer to the cabin (The snowmobile carries our gear so you can bring an extra backpack if you like, and also pulls us while we ski behind it)

OPTIONAL add-ons (Please book well in advance):

Transfer from Östersund and back +1000 SEK per person (round trip)

Rental of skis, skins, and poles. Please inquire for details. We recommend you bring your own ski boots.


Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and warm-up

On the morning of day 1, we will meet in Östersund and drive to the small village of Lakavattnet. If you arrive in your own car, it is also possible to go straight there.

Once we arrive, we will ski to the farm behind a snowmobile while our equipment rides on a sled. When we arrive,  will have an early lunch prepared by Håkan and go for a nearby tour. We will quickly review avalanche equipment before heading up towards the treeline. One or several runs will be possible before we head back to enjoy a 3-course dinner.

Day 2: Ski touring options

We will have multiple options and may venture a bit further off than on the first day.

We will adjust the itinerary to the participants but on the top of the agenda is first-class powder skiing. Because we will be close to varied terrain and slope angle, we will be able to really enjoy the day without needing much transport.

Day 3: Last runs and farewell

The last of our ski touring days at Almdalen Mountain Farm starts with a healthy breakfast and some great ski runs. Perhaps a quick stop by the farm for something cold or warm to drink before we head off with the snowmobile towards civilization.  We expect to be back in Östersund in the afternoon for those who may wish to travel by train or airplane.

 

Details

More info

Please let us know in advance if you have any allergies, have special dietary needs, or take medication for anything on a regular basis when booking. Also, make sure your insurance covers this activity and that your equipment is top condition.

Meeting point

Lakavattnet, about 1½-2 hours north of Östersund. No public transport goes there. We will meet up in the morning around 10.00 and on the last day we will finish around 16.00. You can also go to Östersund and we will pick you up and drop you off after the tour at an added cost. KEEP IN MIND THAT: Östersund has multiple daily trains and flights to/from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. I can also help you organize plane/train tickets if necessary.

Equipment you will need to bring

Skis with touring binding or splitboard. Ski or snowboard boots that are compatible with your binding. Sunglasses Ski climbing skins Poles Avalanche Rescue Equipment (included) shovel, probe and transceiver. Adequate clothes (Preferably thin gloves, a shell jacket with a hood, neck warmer, a warm hat, and ski socks. Avoid clothes made of cotton). Backpack Water bottle (about 1 liter) Sunprotection Wind sack / bivy shelter (included) Small first aid kit (including tape and bandaid for blisters) Ski helm and goggles An extra layer for warmth (for example, neck warmer, thick gloves for going downhill, down jacket or dry shirt)


FAQs

Where does the trip start and finish?

We start in Lakavattnet which lies a bit north of Östersund. You can also book the transfer from Östersund City which is the main town in the Jämtland region

How many meals are included?

Day 1: Lunch package and 3-course dinner // Day 2: Breakfast buffet, lunch package and 3-course dinner // Day 3: Breakfast buffet and lunch package

Do I need to bring my own equipment?

Yes, you need to bring your own ski equipment.

What kind of accommodation is it?

The accommodation is fairly simple, but clean, warm and with a friendly atmosphere. We share a cabin which has multiple bunk-beds. The is running water in the cabin with hot showers and running water. An outdoor toilet (long drop) is available and in connection to the breakfast and dinner there is also a normal WC available in a nearby house. There is limited electricity so you can charge your telephone and small items.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Åre Continental Inn Åre Sweden
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Holiday Club Åre Åre Sweden
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Tott Hotel Åre Åre Sweden
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About the guide

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Markus

4.80

(6)

Mountain Leader

Some say they started with their outdoor adventures at a certain stage in life - I simply never stopped. A childhood spent outdoors led me to the career of guiding. 3 years of education in Vadstena with the Leadership and Outdoor program and another 1½ years to become a Wilderness and Adventure guide at Campus Åre.

Since 2013 I have been self-employed and working as a freelance mountain leader all over Scandinavia and I am happy to call it my home. I have also made sure to invest in further education such as 80 hours first aid training - Wilderness First Responder (NOLS), avalanche course PRO 2 through SVELAV and I carry the National Award for Mountain Leaders to mention a few.

On top of this, I make sure to put my skills to good use as a Chairman of the Swedish Mountain Leader Organisation, a delegate to UIMLA, and as a board member of the Mountain Safety Council of Sweden. I am also helping the Industry Organisation of Sustainable Snowmobile Tourism as an expert member in their task of building a guide training. Previous work also includes training Mountain Leaders and setting up operation guidelines and safety plans for other guiding companies.

My biggest passion is helping others access wild places and showing them the best parts of outdoor adventure. I will be happy to share my knowledge and guide you especially in the Scandinavian Mountain Range which stretches 1700 kilometers on the border between Sweden and Norway.

Languages

Norwegian | Swedish | English

Certificates

UIMLA | SFLO

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What people are saying about Markus

Sigge

5.00

Amazing ski touring adventure in the Swedish mountains. Can recommend this trip to both beginners and advanced skiers.

Michael

5.00

Markus was brilliant, from helping me to develop the idea for the expedition, figuring out a good location, route planning etc, while trying to keep the costs down. Prior to the expedition Markus was really helpful in helping me figure out the right equipment - this differed from my previous expeditions due to both temperature being warmer than I was used to, and the terrain we'd be covering. During the expedition Markus was excellent in communicating what were doing, how we were going to do it, all the while teaching me about navigation, his own methods for winter camping etc etc. Throughout our route, Markus explained to me about Sami culture, why the landscape is as it is, and how it has developed throughout history, meaning I returned far richer for the cultural enlightenment. i couldn't recommend Markus to anyone wanting to head out ski touring or deep wild Nordic skiing. I felt safe and in the right hands the whole time, and thoroughly enjoyed his company. The Explore Share platform was very helping in matching us together - the expedition wouldn't have happened with out them, as so few guides are willing or able to take people out into the extreme wilderness in winter in this way. they matched me with the right guide, so that was perfect. What needs to improve is that they wanted cash paid before I spoke to Markus, which I would never do, because of the complexity of the proposed expedition. We both needed to know each others' abilities and make a sensible plan for the trip before we could commit to it. While I appreciate $Explore share is an introductory service, for which they need a fee, finding a better way for this would be helpful. I was always going to honour the payment once the introduction was made, but obviously some people would attempt to get around it. No matter, I remain satisfied with the explore Share service, and recommend anyone to use it.

Nikolaus

5.00

Markus has been the perfect guide for our father-son trip. Thank you very much! The hole organization with explore-share has been easy, trustful and very transparent. Thank you!

Isabelle

5.00

It was an amazing trip, with very kind and professionnal guide Hanna, thank you soo much to help us to realize our dream, Isabelle

Sigge

5.00

Amazing ski touring adventure in the Swedish mountains. Can recommend this trip to both beginners and advanced skiers.


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