|Estimated net time||3-4 hours|
|Difficulty||No difficulties, but you should show some care along Skarven's south ridge with respect to cornices and icy sections.|
|Drinking water||No stable access to running water during winter, but several streams in spring time.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage gets better the higher you get, and at best very patchy along the road below trail head (March 2015).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at car park by trail head. There's in practice a fee (NOK 75 per 2015) since the only access to this car park is via a toll road.|
|Start height||310 metres|
|Vertical metres||970 metres for the roundtrip.|
|Trip distance||10.4 km|
Start measuring from the junction where roads E136 and 64 intersect, south of Åndalsnes, and follow road 64 in the direction of Molde.
- At 0.6 km leave the round about at its second exit and continue on road 64 towards Molde.
- At 15.1 km turn right where signed for "Skorgedalen".
- At 15.7 km turn left where signed for "Skorgedalen".
- At 16.4 km pay toll at the automatic gate (NOK 75 per 2015).
- At 19.0 km park at the far end of the large car park.
Start skiing by heading left (north-west) at the far end of the car park. It's quite likely that there are machine made tracks here. Ski west, around the the small top Kjerringhaugen on its right (north) side. Continue west and aim for the left (south) end of Skarven's south ridge. When you get to the ridge follow the top of the ridge all the way to the summit, which is marked by a cairn and has a summit register.
Descend south-east directly down from Skarven and turn a little right when you get down to the flatter section a little below 600m. From here turn right and traverse south down to the open flat section at 470m. Turn left at the end of the flat section and ski down to another open flat section, Toraldmyra, a little north-east of lake Skarvatnet. From here find your best route up to the unmarked summit of Nyfjellrørin.
From Nyfjellrørin descend north and onto the north-east end of the open section you crossed while ascending. Turn right when you get to the forest road, and follow this forest road down to the main road leading up to the car park where you started. Ski along this road back up to your trail head.
14. March 2015
Kjetil and I decided to ski Skarven on this very nice Saturday, and also looked at the possibility to include Nyfjellrørin. I picked up Kjetil at Dragsundet and we arrived Skorgedalen car park a little after 10am, by which time the car park was starting to fill up with skiers. We got our gear organised and followed the good tracks up Skarven's south slopes, and there wasn't much doubt about directions with several tens of skiers above us. There were also skiers who had decided to have a long rest and had made themselves comfortable and enjoyed the bright sun. I took the opportunity to enquire one of those groups about possible routes to Nyfjellrørin, and the answer wasn't very promising; "none ski there, and there are no good routes". This didn't completely put me off having a go at this top, but I actually didn't have high hopes of getting there in fine style, if at all. When we got up to the summit ridge conditions changed quite dramatically as there was a very strong wind that hit us the moment we got onto the ridge. This didn't give rise to any concerns, but we had to stop and put on a proper jacket, hat and gloves. The wind had also swept away all loose snow so we had to carry the skis a few metres in a slightly steeper section a little before the summit. The summit views were, as expected on such a nice day and from such a prominent top, very nice. But the strong wind made taking photos a bit of a challenge, and it was actually very cold at the summit. Hence the summit stop wasn't longer than necessary, and we started the descend directly down the south-east slopes after I had got a good view of a very potential route to Nyfjellrørin. This slope had far from perfect snow in the upper section, where it was both hard and bumpy, but conditions got gradually better as we got further down. My route to Nyfjellrørin proved to be very good and it was fine skiing all the way down to the flat section north of the summit. From here the snow was very hard and we had to carry the skis a few tens of vertical metres in the steep section in the lower part of the ascent. Above this we had just enough grip to make it to a surprisingly nice summit. After a longer summit stop we headed down to the main road going up into Skorgedalen and skied along the road back up to the car park.