Official information for Åndalsnes and Romsdalen since 1930

Great and fun ski touring classic in the heart of the Romsdalen Alps. You can start from Øvre Kavli or the shooting range in Isfjorden.

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Stone cottage at the top of Loftskarstind. Photo: Liv Kjølen Eriksen

From the big parking lot at the shooting range follow the tractor road that starts from the north-east corner of the car park. Instead of crossing the first bridge over the river Skardelva you take the suspension bridge close by. Continue up the wooded ridge on the east side of the river, up to Vårseterhjellen. At this point the two paths meet.

Startng from Øvre Kavli follow the tractor road until it crosses the river Heiaelva. Continue around the bend (50 m) and go straight ahead. Look for the sign towards Måsvassbu. It is indicated by signs and red marks. Cross over the marsh and up a short distance to Vårseterhjellen.

Follow this route to Loftskardsetra, and continue north towards Loftskardet. After passing Fantesteinen (a rock) you eventually reach a flat at around 560 metres of altitude. Be aware that you are now entering a runout zone for avalanches from both sides of the valley. To avoid avalanches from Skarven it is common to cross the river and follow a height that runs along the west bank. When you approach the runout zone below Loftskardtind it is best to ski somewhat to the east again. When the ascent of Loftskardet begins you aim for the saddle that stretches between Loftskardtind and summit, 1087 metres. This is avalanche prone terrain, and it is important to consider closely which route to follow. Just before the top there is a nice stone cottage, from where you simply follow the ridge to the summit of Loftskardtinden. You can also combine this trip with a travers to or from Galtåtind.

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Photo: Anna Persson

If the snow conditions are good, you have many different runs to choose between, but it follows the same route as the ascent, more or less. Please note that the flanks by Loftskardtinden are avanalche prone. Assess the snow conditions closely before descending. Read more about this in the book Ski touring in Romsdalen, by Halvor Hagen. You can also descend on the other side of the mountain, down Ljøsådalen to Skorgedalen.

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Recommended readings:

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The ultimate guide to ski touring in Romsdalen
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Map over the ski tours described in the book