Borgafjäll Ski Touring

Fitness level
Tech level
Number of guiding days
6
Guiding ratio
1:6

New Trip! – Comfortable hotel based ski touring in northern Sweden.  On our Borgafjäll Ski Touring week, we explore the remote Borgafjäll region of southern Lapland.  The area is one of the most snow sure regions of Sweden, with a cold continental climate that produces excellent powder skiing conditions for much of the winter.

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Trip overview

New Trip! – Comfortable hotel based ski touring in northern Sweden.  On our Borgafjäll Ski Touring week, we explore the remote Borgafjäll region of southern Lapland.  The area is one of the most snow sure regions of Sweden, with a cold continental climate that produces excellent powder skiing conditions for much of the winter.

NB This trip travels on Friday out/Friday return.

Please visit our Covid-19 Ski Information page for Covid FAQs, details of our new participation requirements, travel advice and what to expect on your trip.

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Skiing in Borgafjäll

Borgafjäll is a tiny ski station and skidoo trail centre in southern Lapland (a place the size of Belgium, with only 25000 inhabitants) – so it truly is in the middle of nowhere.  This isolation is the secret to its appeal; vast landscapes and crisp northern light create a huge sense of space and emptiness up here. There are barely any skiers in the area, with mostly just families visiting at the weekends.

There is one hotel in town (but luckily it’s a good one!) with friendly staff, a great restaurant and spa facilities for apres ski.  The final thing to talk about is the snow  – Borgafjäll has been described as ‘Sweden’s Japan’, as it’s one of the most snow sure regions in Sweden and the cold continental climate here creates great powder skiing conditions for much of the winter, especially in the trees.  Above the tree line, numerous good ski summits rise to nearly 1500m on either side of the village, where we can enjoy extensive views of the surrounding wilderness.

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Suitability

This is an intermediate level trip. To take part you should be at Fitness Level 3 and Tech Level 3 (see our Fitness/Experience guidelines below) including day or hut touring experience.  You must be able to handle all off piste conditions whilst carrying a day touring sac.  The trip includes 5-6 hour days with typically 800-1000m of ascent a day, at 3-400m per hour ascent rate (at low altitude with a light pack on) – so you can expect to be skinning for 3-4 hours a day. Type of ascent: 100% skinning on this tour – approx. 6000m of skinning up 6000m of skiing down.


Guiding ratio

One IFMGA guide skiing with 6 clients.


Included in price

  • 6 days of guiding
  • All guides expenses
  • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Ostersund, including breakfast
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in Borgafjäll, including breakfast and evening meal
  • Travel during the trip in shared hire vehicle

Excluded from price (see course factsheet for extra cost estimates)

  • Evening meals in Ostersund
  • Taxis and Lift Passes
  • Drinks and Hill Snacks
  • Flights  (Friday out/Friday return, in order to make use of the best flight combinations)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment hire

Accommodation

Our hotel in Ostersund is close to the centre of town, making it handy for local restaurants and offers an excellent breakfast each morning.

In Borgafjäll we stay at the Borgafjäll Hotel – naturally!  It’s a comfortable and friendly place, with great staff and a good restaurant and bar.  Spa facilities are also available and it’s an excellent spot for viewing the northern lights at this time of year.

Hotel details can be found on our Accommodation page.


ABTOT Protected

This trip is protected by ABTOT – Alpine Guides Ltd, Membership Number 5394.  For further information, please visit our Financial Protection page.

Detailed Itinerary

Friday

Fly from Uk via Stockholm to Ostersund in central Sweden, short drive to our hotel in Ostersund.  Evening Briefing – your guide will run through kit checks and safety routines, before going on to discuss the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our plans.  Overnight in Ostersund


Saturday

Drive to Borgafjäll and Day Tour

After breakfast in Ostersund we make the 3.5hr drive up to Borgafjäll, arriving at the hotel early afternoon – this is our base for the rest of the week.

After checking in, we then head off for a half day tour in the surrounding mountains. 4-600m ascent and descent ~3hrs

Overnight in Borgafjäll.


Sunday – Thursday

Day Touring in Borgafjäll

There are good ski tours in all directions around the village.

  • Some days we’ll ski right from the door and others we’ll do a short (5-10min) drive to the start point, then approach tours along skidoo trails and across frozen lakes.
  • The cold continental climate in this area creates excellent powder conditions, particularly in the forests and glades, for which the area is well known.
  • There are also several nice ski summits that we can visit, in order to enjoy more distant views of the surrounding wilderness.

~800-1000m ascent and descent each day.

On Thursday morning, we enjoy our final days’ touring in Borgafjäll, before hitting the road mid afternoon and driving back down to Ostersund.

Thur PM Overnight in Ostersund.


Friday

Early morning taxi to airport for flights home.

Location and Travel

Your meeting point for this trip is Ostersund (OSD) in the Jamtland mountains of Central Sweden. Ostersund is the gateway to a number of ski resorts and excellent touring venues in the region.

The most convenient way to reach Ostersund is fly to Stockholm, with connecting flights on to Ostersund (same airline). Your guide will do one pickup from Ostersund Airport at teatime on Friday 3rd March 2023 (final time TBC, depending on peoples’ flights). If you wish to take a later flight, you will need to take a taxi to the hotel.  Return to airport by taxi the following Friday morning 10th March to suit your preferred return flight time.

For travel during the trip, your guide will transport the team in a 9 seater minibus.


Flights

SAS offer flights from the Uk from London Heathrow via Stockholm, arriving in Ostersund at 15.35. Return flight options depart at 6.20 and 9.40am – visit the SAS website for full flight details and bookings.

The other way to reach Ostersund is to fly to Trondheim in Norway and hire a car.  It’s a scenic 3 hour drive from Trondheim Airport to Ostersund.  There are numerous flight options to Trondheim from the Uk, including with SAS, Norwegian and KLM.  Check Skyscanner for your best options.

Further information and travel links can be found on our Travel Planning page.


Fitness and Experience

To enjoy this trip you should be comfortable operating at Fitness Level 3, and Ski Tech Level 3:

Fitness Level 3
You do 3-4 hours cv training/sport per week. At this level you are happy doing a 5-6 hr hillwalk, 40-50ml cycle or 3-4hr mountain bike ride without being totally exhausted. If you are into challenges – then the thought of doing a road sportive, or training to do a 1/2 (or maybe even a full) marathon, wouldn’t seem too ridiculous. On foot: you should be able to do the full Langdale Horseshoe: Langdale – Pike of Stickle – Angle Tarn – Bow Fell – Crinkle Crags – Pike of Blisco – Langdale in a day without finishing up exhausted. On skis: you can skin uphill at 300-400m/hr for 3-4 hrs a day (ie 8-1200m of ascent each day).


Tech Level 3
Confirmed Off Piste Skier. You can put down a reasonable set of tracks in powder, but difficult snow types – eg heavy wet snow, crusts, poor visibility or 40dg slopes – can all cause problems (though you can cope with them safely, if not elegantly!) *Equivalent to Ski Club of GB Off Piste Level: Purple – Advanced*
Likely to say: ‘I’d like to handle difficult snow/steep slopes more confidently in better style’
Our Advice: Off piste coaching still useful. Intermediate off piste weeks are at your level too. If you want to get into ski touring, try a touring course or intro level ski tour. If you’re an established ski mountaineer, then intermediate level tours are generally suitable.

To view all of our Ski Fitness Levels and Off Piste Technical Levels, please visit our Ski Ability page.

If you need to top up your fitness for this trip, please see our Ski Touring Training Advice page.

Equipment

Day Touring/BC Ski Course Equipment List

Just remember, every extra kilo on your back knocks 10% off your enjoyment on the descents – so try and keep the weight down!

Technical Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket – preferably lightweight and breathable
  • Overtrousers/ski pants – preferably with side zips
  • Fleece mid layer or equivalent
  • Spare fleece or lightweight insulated duvet jacket
  • Socks – specialist ski socks or a warm loop lined pair of mountain socks
  • Wicking thermal top – not cotton please…
  • Thermal leggings or ski pants
  • Thin inner gloves
  • Warm ski gloves or mittens, if you suffer from cold hands
  • Warm hat

Personal Items

  • Water container – at least 1 litre
  • Personal medications and blister kit – regular meds, zinc oxide tape, compeed and painkillers etc
  • Ski goggles
  • Sun glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
  • Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
  • Wallet, passport and insurance docs

Technical Equipment

  • Rucsac 25/35l – try and avoid ones covered in too many features, just ski and ice axe attachments required
  • Freeride boots or ski mountaineering boots – check detailed factsheet kit list for preferred boots
  • Skis with touring bindings – check detailed factsheet kit list for preferred skis and bindings
  • Ski strap – to keep skis together on your rucksack if we need to carry them
  • Ski poles – with good size 5cm+ baskets (telescopic poles are not needed)
  • Climbing skins – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Harscheisen (ski crampons) – they come with the skis if you hire your kit
  • Metal snow shovel – must be a full metal shovel (plastic blades don’t work in real avalanche debris!)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche transceiver – must be a modern digital model (older analogue models are now obsolete)
  • Harness, with 120cm sling and locking karabiner
  • Crampons – bring them if you have them
  • Ice Axe – bring if you have one
  • Ski helmet – a lightweight helmet is recommended for off piste skiing

Your guide will have all other safety kit, first aid and survival equipment.


Recommendations and Advice
Visit the Knowledge Base section of our website, where we publish an annual review of the years best new skis, boots and touring equipment, plus a range of other interesting tips and recommendations. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch!

Purchasing Equipment
Backcountry UK in Otley offer an excellent ski touring boot fitting service, one of the best ranges of ski mountaineering equipment in the UK and top notch advice.

Hiring Equipment
Please visit our Equipment Hire page for recommended hire shops in your resort, and Alpine Guides hire equipment price list.


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