|Raudnova from Stryn
summer ski-centre (ski)
|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||The top of the first ascent from the ski-centre is a little steep, and some care should be shown.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water during the skiinfg season.|
|GSM coverage||Only coverage in the lower part of the route (May 2013).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at ski-centre car park.|
|Start height||1060 metres|
|Vertical metres||880 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||9.2 km|
From the round about in Stryn where roads 15 and 60 intersect, drive road 15 in the direction of Otta 37.6 km. Turn right towards "Stryn sommerski" and drive 8.0 to the Stryn summer ski-centre. Park here.
Start skiing up behind the ski-centre building, on its east side (right as you look uphill, with the ski-centre slopes behind you). Ski more or less directly uphill (a little bit west of north) up to the south-west end of Langvasseggi. Continue down into the saddle, then around the small top at 1468m, and up the east slopes of the rounded ridge running towards south-west. From the top of this ridge you will see Raudnova up to your right (north-west), and you will find easy skiing down to the foot of the final hill, and then to the summit, which is marked by a small cairn.
Descend by reversing your ascent route, or you can make it a round trip by skiing back down to the saddle at 1550 metres and then turn a little right in order to ski around the lake at 1364m on its south side. From here ski back up to the south-west end of Langvasseggi, and follow your ascent tracks back down to the ski-centre.
20. May 2013
After enjoyable skiing with Sigurd to Smogehornet on Friday (17th May), we had spent a few days in gorgeous summer weather at Fjellsetra. The plan for this Whit Monday was that I would take Sigurd to the summer skiing at Stryn, while I would do "something" while he was in the slopes. I had brought both my cross country and randonee skis, just in case, but what I really wanted to do was to ski Raudnova. I knew the start of this route would be steep, and when looking at the first section from below I had problems convincing myself I could to it. Hence I was having several rounds with myself before deciding what to do.
I eventually made up my mind and started skiing up the steep slope behind the ski-centre cafeteria. The top of this hill was definitely steeper than what I was comfortable with, partly also because of rotten snow, but I was determined to get up and was willing to push my own limits. When I eventually made it past the steepest section, having to carry my skis, I was actually pretty psyched out and had continuous problems in all steep sections after this. It quite simply wasn't my day. But I pushed on and soon got into easier territory, and partly enjoyed the skiing (although worrying about the descent). Adding to this I got another concern on my mind; grey clouds started drifting in, and I was in no mood to loose visibility since I didn't have a map, and my only way-point on the GPS was for the summit. Fortunately I got safely to the summit, but didn't have one single second of comfort in doing so.
At the summit I managed to mentally relax a little, and took a number of photos while enjoying a sandwich. The weather was still reasonable good, but the clear sky of the morning had turned into mostly cloudy.
I decided to descend via a different route than my ascent, based on what I had seen while ascending. Just to make a round trip out of it. Unfortunately there was no alternative route back down the steep section, and I was not looking forward to it.
When I got to the top of the steep section I took off the skis and used them as long poles in the deep and rotten snow (I was in snow to above my waist several times). Another skier was coming up the way I had ascended and she asked if I had problems with my skis; my answer was quite bluntly "no, I have problems with my skiing". A little later I felt a bit better when she concluded that this section was actually steep and she didn't want to go up there.
Below the steepest section I could put my skis back on, which was difficult enough in the steep slopes, and enjoy the short hill back down to the ski-centre. And after a quick change of clothes I settled myself in the cafeteria and waited for Sigurd to finish his day in the slopes.