|Gryta from Stryn
|Estimated net time||2-2½ hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but keep an eye on the potential avalanche danger if you ski in Gryta's north slopes.|
|Drinking water||No access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (April 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at ski-centre car park (NOK 50 per day per 2013 when ski-centre is open).|
|Start height||320 metres if you start your skiing at the top of the ski-lifts.|
|Vertical metres||735 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||6.8 km|
Assume your starting point is the round about where roads 15 and 60 intersect, in the centre of Stryn. Drive roads 15 and 60 100 metres in the direction of Stranda, and turn right where signed for ski-centre ("Skisenter"). Follow signs for the ski-centre for 4.6 km to the large ski-centre car park, making sure you turn right after 1.1 km. Park at the car park, and pay fee (NOK 50 per 2013) if the ski-centre is open.
Start skiing by skiing up the piste coming straight down from north-east, up to the top of the ski-lifts. From here turn right and directly east, staying a little right of the bottom of the valley. Aim a little right of the pass ahead of you and turn right to gain Gryta's long summit plateau. When you get to a proper cairn you still have 400 metres skiing across the plateau, in a south-west direction. The true summit is marked by a large cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route.
27. April 2013
I was spending the week-end in Stryn for a handball tournament, with the boys-12 team I'm coaching, and when we had a five hours slot between matches three and four I took the opportunity to ski Gryta while the others were having their dinner.
This turned out to be a very nice outing, with nice weather and fine snow. The lower section, up to 750 metres, had wet snow which was nice and firm, and from here on it was mostly dry and light snow on top of a firmer base. And with a bright sun it really was a fantastic afternoon, which was enjoyed by at least two other skiers at Gryta.
The descent was as nice as I had expected after the ascent, and it was definitely one of those hikes where you consider skiing back up to the summit.