We reached Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge here in the Jotunheimen Mountains of Norway after a fairly tame ski from Spiterstulen (see previous posts). Stian had been promising a cultural event. We were not disappointed.
Marker/Völkl got me here to Norway to simply try some gear and blog about a nice ski tour, or so I thought. That idea turned out to be excellent, but let me tell you I am now double wowed. Leirvassbu Mountain Lodge exploded my skiers consciousness like like a Viking battle ax cleaving my cerebellum. After nearly a decade of ski touring trips in the Alps I thought I’d seen “popularity.” But the sheer devotion of Norwegians to human powered skiing and outdoor living takes the prize.
Main difference between the two lodges is Spiterstulen Lodge Hut Norway can be driven to and has more of a classic “hotel” spirit with a swimming pool and less surrounding snow this time of year. Leirvassbu on the other hand is high enough in elevation (1,400 meters) to remain surrounded during springtime by a thick, dirt-free snowpack. Skiing is thus “porch to porch” and in my view the ideal way to locate a ski touring accommodation.
Other than during summer after snow melt, all transport to Leirvassbu is over-snow, either human powered or utilizing snowcats or snowmobiles on the snow-covered access road. There are no nearby ski lifts of any sort, and probably never will be. Check it out.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.