alpine centre via south ridge (ski)
|Estimated net time||1½-2 hours|
|Drinking water||No access to running water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route, except a short distance between 841 and summit.|
|Parking||Room for hundreds of cars if parking at Sunnmørsalpane ski centre. NOK 30 during opening hours.|
|Start height||355 metres.|
|Vertical metres||580 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||5.9 km|
|Route photo||Start of the route to Sætrefjellet.|
From the ferry at Aursneset drive 21.9 km towards Stranda on road 60. Take left towards Fjellsetra, and continue 2.1 km until you get to the Sunnmørsalpane ski centre.
From the car park at Sunnmørsalpane ski centre aim directly for the saddle between Lafjellet and Blåtinden, in a west/south-west direction. This will take you through the open birch forest, leading to the south end of Sætrefjellet's south ridge. From here get onto the ridge, and continue along the small bumps at ~780 metres, and then 841 before a small decline and up to the Sætrefjellet summit where the ski lift ends. There are three possible points that might be the high point, and if you want to make sure you definitely have visited Sætrefjellet's highest point you should visit all these three points (they are all located within 50-100 metres of each other).
The descent is easiest done by skiing down the slopes of Sunnmørsalpane ski centre.
11. February 2008
We were spending the school holidays at our cabin at Fjellsetra. The first week-end had provided fantastic weather, but I had for most parts only done cross country skiing because of the difficult snow conditions in the mountains (crust of the snow giving way when descending).
Monday provided the same excellent weather, with no wind, clear sky and just below zero. I therefore decided to do Sætrefjellet, assuming that going down the ski slopes of the alpine centre would provide easy skiing for a novice like me.
I set out from the parking place at Sunnmørsalpane ski centre at 10:45, leaving my wife and kids by the ski-lifts. The ascent through the forest was done on hard snow, which meant easy walking. But even though it was easy walking I was sweating like on a hot summer day because of the shining sun and lack of wind. Even when I got up on the ridge at 800 metres it was really nice and warm.
I continued up to the summit, changed into dry clothes, and did a quick run across to the other two possible high points. Then I sat off down the ski slopes, back down to the car. There I picked up my youngest son and skied back to the cabin.