After a few days of snowfall, winter settled in Bergen. This Saturday was a gorgeous day, and I just had to go for this season's first ski-trip. Alone. The dog was left back home. I drove up to Helgeseter (5 minutes from where I live) and (11:50PM) skied up the forest road to Landåsfjellet. The skiing terrain wasn't all great. When I headed up Korketrekkeren (not the one on Gullfjellet), I had to put on skins in order to advance.
I joined the trade route between Ulriken and Turnerhytten. I caught up with another skier, but I was a bit puzzled about not seeing the "herds". It was obvious, based on the ski-tracks up here, that a number of people had been skiing here already. Perhaps I was late. I had already grown blisters on one foot. I had chosen my Scarpa boots and Åsnes skis. Not typical equipment for a short ski-trip, but I had plans to ski in rougher terrain on my way down.
I passed Turnerhytten and arrived the top of Haugavarden (673m) 14:00PM. Noone had been up here since the snow came, I concluded. After a round of pictures I started the descent. I skied across Vasslifjellet and skied down the steep hillside above lake N. Gløvrevatnet. From the lake, I headed back towards Landåsfjellet and could enjoy a fast run down to Helgeseter. I was back at the car 15:10PM. A very enjoyable trip. The blisters had turned quite painful, but I was happy with the season's first ski-trip. I felt very light and strong. It was a strange feeling going up a mountain without the dog on the back.
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