Norwegian Mountains, Møre og Romsdal
Øyrahornet on skis, Dec 24 2010
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To visit the local mountains on Christmas Eve has become a nice tradition. In 2009, I went up Kongsvollen, Haddalshornet got a visit in 2008, Storhornet on Godøya was visited in 2007 and the list goes on...
After a nice breakfast, Anne and me drove to Tjørvåg on Gurskøya to ski Øyrahornet. Anne had already been to quite a number of the Ytre Søre Sunnmøre mountains, but this would be her first trip to Øyrahornet. It was a gorgeous day, and the snow seemed for the most part to be just excellent. We parked outside the local store and I'm sure that a number of people found it quite strange to see two Telemark skiers leave the store...
The snow kept changing as we made progress up the mountain. From first class quality in the forest, to wind-packed, and then to slightly icy before it improved near the top. In any case, the descent would be enjoyable, and the forest section in particular.
We eventually arrived on the summit and enjoyed the phenomenal views before starting to long home to start on the Christmas dinner. And to make sure the Aquavit had the proper temperature...
The descent was just as enjoyable as we had hoped it would be. The section with wind-packed snow caused a couple of falls, but the rest of the descent was just smoooooooth. The store had closed by the time we returned to the trailhead. There was a quiet atmosphere and now we really felt that Christmas Eve had begun...
The pictures were taken with a Canon EOS 550D + Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM F 4-5.6
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