Kjøvskartind in Isfjorden is a wonderful alpine mountain, especially for Telemark skiing. The bowl shaped south faces offer a great variety of lines to ski. Spring snow, or good, stable winter conditions are best for the descent. The summit of the ridge can be windswept, so beware of rocks covered by light snow on the upper part.
Øvre Kavli in Isfjorden is a good starting point. Park the car by the bridge about 1,5 kilometres further from where you pay the toll for driving the road. You follow the route in the direction of an another famous mountain; Kirketaket, but after you cross the bridge you head stright to the east, and continue past the south flank of Kirketaket. There is a 5 kilometres gentle stretch rising 550 vertical metres up to the foot of Kjøvskardtind.
Follow the south-west ridge to the summit. Fantastic view in a majestic environment!
The book Ski touring in Romsdal also describe an alternate route to the top; a longer and more challenging descent from Grøvdal.
The regular route back down is the south flank. The snow is often good on the sheltered south flank. Look for the best snow and enjoy 800 vertical metres downhill.
The flank to the north of the couloir is an excellent alternative when there is enough snow and the quality is good.
Avalanche risk in Romsdalen!
The weather circumstances and snow conditions can soon change. Always pay attention to the risk of snow avalanches when planning for your ski touring experience. Ski touring in Romsdalen requires competence in analyzing the data from weather and avalanche risk reports and forecasts. For your own safety seek sufficient information in the planning process. Read about the mountain and consider the avalanche problem in the area you are in. A warning is an aid, not a facit. Always make your own reviews locally. You customize your own risk in vulnerable areas by choosing when, where and how you go. Make the safe choice!
We always recommend to bring a ski guide, for your own safety, and because the guides knows where to find the best snow, in all kind of weather. The ski guides in Romsdalen are high skilled, acting professional, and have valuable experience and local knowledge. Some of the ski guides have fulfilled the NORTIND certified guide program, and are trained to high, international standards for working with people in challenging mountain terrain. Look for the NORTIND and IFMGA autorization emblems in the presentation of the guides. Take a look at the Presentation of the ski guides in Romsdalen.
Check the latest updated avalanche forecasts for Romsdal here: varsom.no
Useful maps and readings:
Romsdalsfjella, Hiking map for Romsdal. Målestokk 1:80 000.
Recommended book to read before ski touring in Romsdalen is “Ski touring in Romsdalen” by Halvor Hagen. Buy it here!
Belonging map to Ski touring in Romsdalen: “Kart til skifører” by Halvor Hagen Buy it here!
Can also be purchased in the local book store Romsdal Libris in Åndalsnes, and at Norsk Tindesenter – the Norwegian Mountaineering Centre.