|Kollh°i from top of
|Estimated net time||2-2Ż hours|
|Drinking water||No access to drinking water during winter.|
|GSM coverage||Coverage throughout the route (December 2008).|
|Parking||Room for many cars at ski-centre car park (parking fee).|
|Start height||1030 metres|
|Vertical metres||450 metres for the roundtrip (if skiing across all the small tops towards Kollh°i)|
|Trip distance||9.1 km (including skiing back down eastern most ski-slope)|
|Map||Map doesn't show route down ski-slopes|
Drive road E136 to Bjorli. From E136 drive north towards the ski-slopes and find parking at the ski-slope's car park. Take the chair lift up to ~1030 metres (NOK 70 per December 2008 for single trip).
From top of the chair lift start skiing north into a small valley for approximately 300 metres. Then turn right and ski north-east towards a small top (~1260 metres) ahead of you. From here turn right again and continue directly east across a number of small bumps until you get to Kollh°i. You will see the remains of a trigonometric point at Kollh°i summit, and a cairn 20-30 metres south-east of the summit.
Your descent route follows the ascent route, and then down one of the ski-slopes back to the car.
21. December 2008
We were spending the week-end at one of the Rolls-Royce cabins at Bjorli, and I was eager to bag a second mountain this week-end (did Kongelberget yesterday). The weather this Sunday was not good at all, with limited views and a very strong wind. But my determination to bag Kollh°i was high, in particular because I had a failed attempt a few weeks back.
Elisabeth drove the boys and me to the ski-slopes; they for a day in the slopes and me for an attempt at Kollh°i. I bought a one-ride ticket for the chair lift, and was a bit surprised by the steep price (NOK 70). But I wasn't in mood for a long hike up the ski-slopes, and also wanted to preserve energy for the rough conditions that I expected above 1200 metres.
After having landed at the top of the slopes I headed up the small valley above the slopes. It was a little windy, but the snow was fine and everything looked promising. As I got up to the first of five small bumps along the way towards Kollh°i I started to feel the strong wind, which also made visibility poor with a lot of snow circulating in the air. When I got the fourth bump in view I was sure this would be Kollh°i, but for the second time I was disappointed. The conditions were by now really tough and I was considering turning around. But I kept looking back and figured I would be able to ski back down relatively comfortably even if the conditions got even worse. When I approached the fifth bump I seriously hoped that this would be the summit, and I was very happy when I saw the remains of a trigonometric point. Further confirmation that I had reached the summit was given when the views improved a little and I could see the valley between Kollh°i and Svarth°i. The improvement in visibility also gave me a chance to take some photos, but I only managed to get a round for a panorama. This was hard enough because of the strong wind, and I couldn't risk leaving my poles on the ground in danger of them being blown away.
After the short stop at the summit I started my descent; this was much more difficult than I had anticipated because of the terrible visibility and hence difficulties in judging the steepness of the slopes. What made life easier was the fact that the terrain is very flat on the western side of Kollh°i. As I got closer to the ski-slopes the visibility improved and the joy of skiing increased proportionally. To ski back down the ski-slopes was fairly good.