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.
We do a large variety of activeties, 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 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 forget! We will go to Hakuba and the ski resort Cortina where we will spend eight days. Hakuba is the perfect place to experience that moment of utter awe with its amazing forests and 10-12m snowfall per year.
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.
You will have to attend two courses, one main course and the “Learning Norwegian” course. In addition you will be able to attend a few electable subjetcs.
Lars Andreas Fauske Lillebø
email: larsandreas (at) hogtun.no