Melkefjellet West (1266m)

An attractive alternative to the popular main summit

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
11 km
Ascent
1.1 km
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
5-6 hrs
Low Point
319 m
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
41˚
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Melkefjellet West (1266m) Map

Description

Mjelkefjellet, with its N-NW slopes is an excellent ski mountain by itself, sitting right next to the E6 road which provides easy access and great skiing. The main summit (1366m) is quite popular. The route leads up and down a ridge, which can be hard and scoured by winds. Alternatively, the large north-facing bowl provides often good, steeper skiing. Most folks flock there, but the mountain holds another summit: the west summit (1266m). Its NE facing slopes are more protected from the winds, and offer pleasant pitches. Plus you will be among the very few who visit this summit. The tour starts at the Lapphaugen tourist station (if you have an electric car, there is charger for you right there as well). Follow the flats through the trees. When you get to the first slope, either head right and follow a ramp, or go left (roughly where the descent route is shown). You get to a small lake, where your route derivates from the the route to Mjelkefjellet main. Work up the benches on the NE slope. Then you need to work your way onto the north ridge. Space out properly because you have some overhead hazard here, and a big slope beneath you. Once on the ridge, you are good. Follow the ridge to the summit, and be mindful of the cornices to your left. Enjoy the run down, dropping from the ridge into a small bowl. It is often worth skiing back to the lake, and reascending to do another run. Alternatively, you can also ski the W-NW face back to Lapphaugen.

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

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

February, April, May

Features

  • Bowl
  • Tree Skiing

Equipment required

  • Skins

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