Prior to visiting, I had no idea how accessible Norwegian ski touring is in literally hundreds of locations. The home and ski factory of Endre Hals is a good example (see our factory visit post). A few years ago Endre moved operations from Oslo to a pretty much typical farmhouse and barn near the alpine town of Oppdal, in a smaller side-village called Lonset. He’s got a personal mountain, literally his backyard, that’s skiable most of winter and early spring. Moreover, the Storli Valley up northerly from his house provides a snow plowed road to dozens of peaks with all grades of ski tours. When I visited EVI Ski this May, you could still ski from near the road up a few thousand vertical if desired.
I’m not usually envious of ski touring situations as I’ve seen the good and bad all over the world, and much is really quite average when you consider variable snow conditions, parking issues, and crowding. In this case, however, I was wondering if it was possible to sell our home in Colorado and buy the house next to Endre. Simply amazing.
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.