Husfjellet

Short and sweet for high avalanche risk days and splendid views

Ski Touring Moderate

Distance
6.5 km
Ascent
673 m
Descent
673 m
Duration
3-4 hrs
Low Point
4 m
High Point
618 m
Gradient
27˚
Husfjellet Map

This is a great ski tour for its simplicity and remarkable setting. The ski tour as suggested stays sub 30° and is a good choice when avalanche conditions prompt us to keep away from the steeper angles. Yet, this ski tour still scores high on our list of Senja favorite ski tours. The setting is remarkable and with its big open spaces to enjoy the skiing gets sweet. Just watch out for the cornice on the top ridge!

Description

Husfjellet offers a fairly fast ski tour, and is a perfect choice for a half day outing or making the most of a few hours window between storm cycles. Make sure to have visibility though to avoid venturing out too close to the corniced edge! The terrain is otherwise simple and easy to navigate. With a maximum angle <27° makes it a good option for high avalanche risk days.

Coming up to the summit, you won't be disappointed - you can't ask much more of a magnificent 360° view, especially when the weather out west is dramatic and the contrasts of nature offer a show!

Start by the Berg church on Skaland. There is a summer trail that leads all way up to the summit. In the start you can also follow the 4x4 road taking you east some 400-500m before it cuts back north west and joins with the summer trail again. You'll follow the trail passing the little wind shelter. Follow the opening in the trees up towards Sommerdalhaugen at 327m. From here the navigation is easy. First you descend a little and then following the low angle ridge that leads all way up to the summit. At about 500m you reach Rismåltua from where it's needed to be aware of the possible cornices out on your righthand side as you approach the summit (cornices on your N then NE/E side as the ridge swings around).

As Husfjellet is on Senja's westerly side, you have all the weather coming in from the big open sea out left (west) as you make your way up, and the scenes of sometimes angry dark clouds can be spectacular, especially if you happen to be in a patch of sun yourself! Bring an orange and share some Norwegian "Kvikklunsj" with your friends to make the day complete!

Descent Reverse the route for the descent.

Alternatively make a second lap up the Rismåltua or neighboor peak Litjebrusen east of Rismålstua, but bear in mind that Litjebrusen is steeper and requires safe snow conditions.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Face
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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