Sunset at sea. Surfing on a clear autumn evening. The thrill you get on skis down a powdery slope in Japan’s amazing forests, taming the wind while kite-surfing or shredding down a mountain. The goal is to experience world-class nature and h2o in its crystal, solid, and liquid forms.
With Powder, we do a large amount of activity, but the main pursuit is the good skiing experience. This means chasing after epic powder days with incredible “bottomless” snow. The places we visit are Oppdal, Bjorli, and Stranda. We are also spoiled with fine mountains near by such as the easily accessible mountain regions of Eresfjord, Romsdal, and Sunndal.
The days before the snow comes in late autumn, and when the skiing conditions are not good, we use the opportunity to wave surf and wind surf at Stad, sea kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, snow kiting, mountain biking and some hiking. We use our extra time to prepare for the winter with basic physical training and avalanche survival courses.
In our search for a good skiing experience we will travel to Japan, a skiing destination you will not soon forget! We will go to Hakuba and the ski resort Cortina where we will spend eight days. Hakuba is the place to experience that perfect moment of utter awe with its amazing forests and 10-12m snowfall per year.
Here is a video made by one of the students (14/15), that shows some of the activities we do with Pudder Japan H2O. https://www.hogtun.no/promo-pudder-japan-h2o/
Høgtun is located on the north-west side of the country with a fantastic landscape suitable for sport and outdoor activities. Many of the mountains near the school rise 1500 – 1900 meters straight up from the sea, providing perfect conditions for summit trips on foot and on skis. 1600 meters altitude descent is not unusual.
The school is located by the sea, and there are excellent conditions for water sports such as windsurfing right by school. Boats and kayaks are available at any time.
When traveling out to the open sea (Hustadvika – Farstad sand) we will find excellent conditions for surfing, in addition to that we will take a trip to Stad (Hoddevik-Ervik) which is known for its excellent surfing conditions.
There are many good resorts near the school. Oppdal is perhaps the most famous of Norway’s largest ski areas and Bjorli with the longest ski season, while Tusten Ski Centre in Molde and Stranda Ski Centre a little further south have fantastic off-piste conditions, and are often the students’ favorites.
The school is equipped with surfboards, wakeboard, water skis, kayaks, ice climbing equipment, kites, a good gym, climbing wall and bouldering wall, and a fitness facility. Although the school has a good number of equipment, you may need to bring your own personal equipment..
Starting after the autumn break, you must have procession over your own pair of skis. (randonee or telemark)
You must buy a wetsuit before school starts. Since we tend to be in the water often (even in the winter) you should have a wetsuit that fits you well and is thick enough.
The Powder Japan H2O class will have their class trip to Japan while the other classes have different electable trips.
This course is one of the 10 main courses provided at Høgtun and runs normally from Wednesday after lunch through to the rest of the week. As an international student, you will have to take the Learning Norwegian course as well. You will normally have Learning Norwegian before lunch Monday through Wednesday. After lunch Monday and Tuesday you get to choose optional subjects described in the courses and trips section.
Lars Andreas Fauske Lillebø
email: larsandreas (at) hogtun.no
Some main courses have their own trips with the class in addition to this. (Horse, Powder, Bootcamp, Creative and Fotball).
These trips are mandatory (and included in the price given for that course).
Other classes have one of the 6 November trips as a part of class. (e.g Alpine adventure – Spain have the climping in Spain trip as a part of the main course.) This means that the Climbing Spain trip is recommended as a November choice for this class. But it is not mandatory. Students in this class could select one of the other November trips if they want to. The price for the November trips is given on the presentation page for that trip, and is not included in any main course price.
The learning Norwegian plus course have Norway as recommended trip, but you select whatever you want.
Powder has their own trip to Japan in February in addition to the November trips