The Middle Finger

Narvik

A short, steep and fun ride in Narvikfjellet`s backcountry

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.2 km
Ascent
252 m
Descent
243 m
Low Point
997 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
40˚
The Middle Finger Map

The middle finger is the central line of five lines (the “5 Fingers”) on the southwest slopes of Narvikfjellet`s backcountry area. It is the steepest of the five lines, with good fall-line skiing and views down to the fjord. If the upper chair lift is running, this is a quick turn-around trip, and it can also easily be combined with other lines in the area. From the chair lift top station (1003 m) follow the ridge to Andretoppen (1162 m). If the upper chair lift is not working, you need to start from the upper cable car (gondola) station at 656 m, following the Linkenløypa ski trail. The ridge is easy, but there are considerable drops and cornices to your left (north aspect), especially near the summit of Andretoppen. Stay well below the ridge-crest! The Middle Finger itself is a large slope with a convex start zone and considerable gradient, reaching over 35 degrees in the middle zone. So good stability and abilities to assess and manage avalanche terrain are required. Check the avalanche forecast at https://varsom.no/snoskredvarsling/varsel/Ofoten/ before setting out. You can ski down quite a bit further than shown in the route drawing, but the best skiing is the upper part, and the way it is shown results in a fast return to the resort slopes. The end point is the beginning of the Linkenløypa ski slope. Ski that back to the bottom of the resort, or ski another run in the backcountry. Several other trips can be found here on FATMAP.

Difficulty

Difficult

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

Low Exposure (E1)

1 out of 4

Exposure is limited to that of the slope itself. Getting hurt is still likely if the slope is steep and/or the snow is hard.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May

Features

  • Face

Equipment required

  • Skins

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