New Trip! – Wilderness day touring in central Sweden. Our Jämtland Ski Touring week explores the remote mountains of central Sweden, staying in a comfortable skiers lodge and a remote, fully catered mountain cabin. The area offers great terrain, reliable snow and scenic touring in a beautiful wilderness setting.
NB This trip travels on Friday out/Friday return.
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Skiing in Jämtland
We warm up with a couple of days touring based at a comfortable ski lodge not far from Åre (Sweden’s largest resort and a well known freeride venue), before skinning across frozen lakes and skidoo trails to a remote mountain farm, surrounded by excellent backcountry ski terrain.
The farm is situated 9km from the nearest road in a nature reserve (home to both bear and lynx; we’ve seen lynx tracks in the forest whilst skiing…) The local microclimate here produces one of the best snow packs in Sweden and the surrounding mountains offer a lot of steep freeride terrain, mixed with lovely skiing in forests and glades. Many varied descents can be linked up to make brilliant day tours. The cold continental climate creates good powder skiing, especially in the forests. We have our own cabin for the trip and each evening we walk up to the dining room and enjoy fantastic home cooked food, often featuring local naturally sourced ingredients, which is a real highlight of the trip.
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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 – 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.
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 accommodation in Mountain Huts, 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)
- Equipment hire
Our hotel in Ostersund is close to the airport, making it handy for flights and offers an excellent breakfast each morning.
The first half of the week we stay at a comfortable ski lodge with restaurant service each evening – the lodge lies at the roadhead, so access is easy.
For the second half of the week we stay at a remote mountain farm, in a cozy nordic cabin. The farm takes 2-3hrs to approach on ski and as we are staying there for 3 nights, we can take in a few more luxuries than on a typical alpine hut trip. The food here requires a special mention – it really is excellent, with locally sourced ingredients frequently on the menu.
Our Multiday Ski Touring FAQs page answers some of the most common questions we are asked about multi day ski touring and logistics etc.
Hotel details can be found on our Accommodation page.
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.
Drive to Ski Lodge and Warm Up Tour
Our first accommodation is an STF mountain centre, 90 minutes drive away from Ostersund and not far from Åre, Sweden’s largest ski resort.
Most visitors here are cross country skiers, who use the valley trails for training, but there is good mountain terrain overlooking the lodge, with excellent touring and a number of ski summits.
800-1000m ascent and descent ~5-6hrs
Today we enjoy another day tour in the mountains around the lodge, or another venue nearby.
There are numerous great tours in the area and few other ski tourers about. This may include a ski summits, or forest skiing if the weather is mixed and a lovely cafe to finish the day!
~800-1000m ascent and descent.
Mountain Farm Approach
We start the day with a 2 hour drive to the roadhead, from where we skin 9km (2-3hrs) across frozen lakes and along skidoo trails, to our base for the next 3 nights.
After checking in, we head off for a half day tour in the surrounding mountains – all tours start right from the door, either skinning up behind the farm or along skidoo trails to nearby areas.
~4-600m ascent and descent.
Tuesday – Wednesday
Wilderness Day Touring
2 further days touring – the area is surrounded by mountains, which offer lovely skiing and numerous descents that can be linked up to make great day tours.
The cold continental climate in this area creates excellent snow conditions, particularly in the forests and glades. There are also several nice ski summits that we can visit, in order to enjoy more distant views of the wilderness.
800-1000m of ascent and descent each day.
Final days’ ski touring
We ski in the morning on the final day, before skiing out to the road and driving back to Ostersund.
We usually ski in one of the ranges that lie on the way to the car, in order to shorten the final skin out.
800m ascent and descent.
Overnight in Ostersund.
Early morning to airport for flights home.
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 8-9pm on Friday 24th Feb 2023 (final time TBC, depending on peoples’ flights). If you plan to arrive at a different time, it’s a 3km taxi ride to the hotel. Return to airport by taxi the following Friday morning 3rd March to suit your preferred return flight time.
For travel during the trip, your guide will transport the team in a 9 seater minibus.
SAS offer flights from the Uk from London Heathrow via Stockholm, arriving in Ostersund from 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, then either take a train or hire a car. It takes 3 hours from Trondheim Airport to Ostersund. There are numerous flight options to Trondheim from the Uk, including from Scotland – with SAS, Norwegian and KLM. Check Skyscanner for your best options.
Further information and travel links can be found on our Travel Planning page.
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.
Hut to Hut Touring 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!
- Waterproof Jacket – preferably lightweight and breathable
- Overtrousers/ski pants – preferably with side zips
- Fleece mid layer – or equivalent
- 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
- Spare fleece/lightweight duvet jacket
- Water container – at least 1 litre
- Personal medications and blister kit – regular meds, zinc oxide tape, compeed and painkillers etc
- Lightweight head torch
- Ski goggles
- Sun glasses – CE rated 3 or 4 with side protection
- Sun and lip cream – factor 30+
- Wallet, passport, Alpine Club/BMC card (hut discount) and insurance docs
Hut Overnight Items
- Small wash kit
- Spare lightweight t-shirt/socks/pants
- Silk sheet liner
- Ear plugs
- (Hut slippers for indoor use, blankets/duvets and pillows are provided by the huts)
- Rucsac 35/45l – try and avoid ones covered in too many features, just ski and ice axe attachments required
- Ski mountaineering boots
- Skis with touring bindings – some ‘freeride’ bindings are also suitable
- 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 – lightweight model
- Ice Axe – lightweight model
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!
Please visit our Equipment Hire page for recommended hire shops in your resort, and Alpine Guides hire equipment price list (safety equipment is provided free of charge on certain courses – please consult price inclusions).