Låvedøra

Narvik

A great line, slightly less popular than Mørkholla

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
6.8 km
Ascent
291 m
Descent
1.2 km
Low Point
124 m
High Point
1.3 km
Gradient
45˚
Låvedøra Map

Narvikfjellet`s backcountry area has become somewhat legendary over the last years and rightfully so - a short hike from the top lift gives access to fine north and south facing runs.

Description

Mørkholla and Tredjeholla are the resort's best known lines, but the run Låvedøra ("barn door") is a fine alternative. It offers short, steep sections, wide slopes for cruisy turns, and the same return-to-the-resort convenience. And just as skiing Mørkholla, the view over the ocean and the special light during the polar night, during spring sunsets or during the midnight sun make skiing this line a special experience.

To access Låvedøra, take the highest lift (the Stolheis chair lift) up to Linken (1003 m). If the chair lift is closed, start from the top gondola station (656m), then skin up the Linkenløypa pist to Linken (1003 m). Then follow the ridge to Tredjetoppen (30-45 min; to 1272m). There is usually a track in. Watch the cornices on your left. You do not need to go all the way to the summit, but can swing left below it. Just beware of the large cornices! Finding the entrance can be little tricky, but once you see it, it's clear.

The beginning is the crux of the run - a short steep (35-40°) ramp, which feels exposed. After a few turns hang a left, to avoid the cliffs beneath. The slopes become wider now, and the gradient lessens to 35°-ish, ideal for wide turns. The NE expositions often results in good snow conditions - and snow late into the season. The gradient lessens more and more as you get lower, but the ski terrain remains excellent. There are several options down: ski fall line (shown here) or cut hard left to ski the trees - as described for Mørkholla: https://fatmap.com/routeid/1749003/morkholla.

Either way, you eventually hit a trail. Follow the trail until turning left at ca. 230 m elevation. There are usually ski tracks to follow. Follow the XC-ski track (some pushing required, boarders will need to take boards off here and there) back to the lower T-bar lift of the ski area. Lifts then can take you back to your starting point. This route is shown in the Mørkholla description: https://fatmap.com/routeid/1749003/morkholla.

Alternatively (shown here), stay on the trail until you reach a parking lot at the water plant. The road leads you back to the resort base as well - you can usually skirt/ski/board along the edge of the road. Snowboarders will prefer this option.

Beware - despite the easy access, this is high-consequence avalanche terrain. Check conditions at www.varsom.no/snoskredvarsling/varsel/Ofoten/ and only go if you possess good training and relevant expertise. Better still, take a guide - it's worth it!

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Features

  • Face

Equipment required

  • Skins

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