Lianibba from Tronstad (ski)


Estimated net time 4-6 hours
Difficulty No difficulties.
The final climb to the summit is a little steep, and is likely to have stones sticking out of the snow. Be careful with the summit cornices towards east and south.
Drinking water During spring you're likely to find water up to approximately 700 metres.
GSM coverage Coverage throughout the route (April 2011).
Parking Room for many cars at trail head.
Start height 348 metres
Vertical metres 1155 metres for the roundtrip.
Trip distance 12.9 km
GPS-file X


Route photo

  Lianibba trail head by shooting range at Tronstad.
  The skiing route to Lianibba from above the forest.


From Ålesund drive road E39 south towards Bergen, and then exit onto road 60 just south of Ålesund. This road is signed for Stranda. Follow road 60 to the Magerholm ferry port and get the ferry across to Aursneset. From Aursneset ferry port follow road 60 for approximately 35 km, across Strandafjellet, to where you get to a T-junction. There is an Esso petrol station on the right hand side of the road (per 2011). Turn right here and continue 37.0 km along road 60, in the direction of Hellesylt and Stryn. Turn left where signed for "Skytebane". This is 5.5 km after you have passed the exit for road 655 towards Ørsta. Drive this gravel road 250 metres to its end by some red buildings. Park here.

Start skiing by heading across to the ski tracks, and then turn left when you meet these tracks. Follow the tracks approximately 100 metres and turn right (east). Continue east, staying close (but not too close) to the steep walls on your right hand side. At a little above 600 metres it is natural to cross the river Hjelleelva, which drains from lake Tronstadvatnet at 713 metres. From here the route to the summit follows a close to direct eastern route. You could aim a little right (south) of the small top ahead of you (Lianakken), and from here find your best way to the summit. The summit is marked by a large cairn.

Descend by reversing your ascent route.



22. April 2011

The day we had been waiting for. The weather so far this Easter had been mixed, and too mild to give anything else than rotten snow. This Good Friday, as the weather forecast had said, had a cold morning and clear sky. And since I had planned accordingly I was up early and on my way to Sunnylven.

When I set out from the shooting range at Lianibba trail head the snow was rock hard, and I was wondering if my old 50 mm skins would provide sufficient grip. But I soon found out that outside the prepared ski tracks the snow was only hard, and not icy, so skiing uphill was as easy as it gets.

For a change I had put some sun blocker on my face, which proved to be very sensible since my two hours ascent was with a hot sun straight into my face. The shining sun also made the snow melt, and I was wondering what conditions I would get for my descent. But before that I had to make it to the summit, and enjoy very promising views. For the final climb I decided to change skis with snow shoes, both because it was steep and I don't trust my knee yet, and also it was a lot of rock sticking up from the snow. These final 150 vertical metres were physically hard since I broke through the snow quite frequently, but since the first 1000 vertical metres had been easy skiing I had plenty of power left.

In the final short hill I probably walked a little too far east before heading south, but it was so much snow that it was hard to tell whether I had solid rock under me or if I was on a large cornice; most probably I was OK, but didn't follow the same route when I started my descent.

The summit itself was a relatively small place, so I was basically restricted to the small area on the west and north sides of the summit cairn. Anyway, this didn't restrict my views, which were stunning.

Descending back down to my skis was easy enough, and after a few metres of skiing I realised that I would most likely have a very enjoyable descent. And thanks to the relatively flat terrain I had no problems with my knee, and was able to do easy parallel turns all the way down to approximately 500 metres. From here the snow was much softer and I broke through seriously a couple of times. I also met a number of other skiers, and I talked with one couple for a few minutes.
Photos 22.04.2011