AD Roadtrip Hokkaido Japan

Just back from two fantastic weeks of travelling and skiing on Hokkaido, Japan. A perfect way to start the season, get the legs started and motivating for a long ski touring season in The Lyngen alps. As a group of 5 we made a loop starting out of Furano and finishing with two day of skiing in Niseko, skiing for 9 days in total and 6 different resorts. All the resorts and places we visited unique in it´s own way and I can´t wait to get on my next flight, back to Hokkaido. With a packed guide season in The Lyngen alps coming up it looks like next trip to Hokkaido will be in January 2016, definitely worth waiting for…

Thanks to Vidar, Johan, Pelle and Håkan for good spirits all the way and a once in lifetime experience!

(Read full story and watch the clips from the trip on altabloggen.wordpress.com)

Per Jansson skies the tramline in Asahidake. We had a great day with views of the volcano and endless powder skiing. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Per Jansson skies the tramline in Asahidake. We had a great day with views of the volcano and endless powder skiing. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

First day in Niseko and many lifts where closed du to heavy winds and snowfall. Vidar Kolstad having an early morning coffee in Moiwa and resting legs after 7 days of powder skiing Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson.

The food we had in Japan was just out of this world. Joking about being on a gourmet trip as much as a ski trip at times. Best meat and sushi on the planet? Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Johan Fahlgren having a lunch in the always open all you can eat powder buffet of Hokkaido. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Dream landscape in Kamui Japan. Skier: Per Jansson Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Håkan feeling at home in the woods. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Myself in the lobby the last morning in Niseko. Lifts closed the day before and we got our longest continuous powder runs of the trip on the last day as the whole resort opened up in great weather. I used my Dynafit Huascarans for the whole trip and they where great! Photo: Per Jansson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy new ski season!

New season coming up and first we go to Hokkaido searching for powder and great cultural experiences. Two weeks of offpist skiing, in one of the greatest playgrounds on earth, awaits. Ski touring in the short days of Northern Norway will be swapped to sun and longer days hopefully on premium conditions. First time to the magic forests of Japan and the first AscentDescent Lab Tour is coming up! Great way to start the guiding season and when we arrive in Tromsø on the 22nd of January we will be welcomed by sunlight. Happy new year / Jimmy Halvardsson UIAGM Mountain Guide  Ascent Descent

Jimmy Halvardsson guide AscentDescent

Ski with Ascent Descent in the Lyngen alps in 2015

The fall is a fantastic but short period in the Lyngen alps and we usually get some snow in the mountains already  in the end of September. This year we still have dry conditions as we speak but there has been some sprinkles of snow up high. The winter is knocking on the door and our mega long ski season is about to start. Please start planning your ski touring vacation to the Lyngen alps in time. The AscentDescent ski guiding season in the Lyngen alps starts in February and ends in June. Before that we normally go for an exotic ski trip somewhere and provide ski touring and ice climbing around Tromsø.

Experience the Lyngen alps with Ascent Descent "The Lyngen Mountain Guides"! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Experience the Lyngen alps with Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

 

Mountain activities in Tromsø and Lyngen this summer!

Summer is just around the corner and we start off with a well deserved vacation after a hectic ski season in The Lyngen alps. Our summer activities this summer will start from the 10 of July. We will have hiking day tours in Tromsø and Lyngen, guided alpine and rock climbing for all levels and visit the alpine peaks in the Lyngen alps and more… We offer mountain activities for all levels and needs this summer so please check the web page for updates regarding the different activities. Cheers / Jimmy Halvardsson at AscentDescent.

Get ready for the winter in 2015 with AscentDescent "The Lyngen Mountain Guides". Photo: Fredrik Schenholm

Get ready for the winter in 2015 with AscentDescent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”. Photo: Fredrik Schenholm

AscentDescent Ski Lodge end of ski season

May have been a great month in The Lyngen alps with fantastic skiing and this weekend we closed the ski season in Nord Lenangen. A very busy season and a lot of mixed conditions rounded of with a few days of skiing with friends, guides and groups. We went all out with boat rides, late nights and good times with a great crew from Gothenburg. Even having a few friends invited for the jacuzzi and dinner made this night feel special. Now it´s time for some more work in the wild mountains of  The Lyngen peninsula and we´re going camping. Thank´s for a great season everyone and a special thank´s to the family of Eikrem who have supported me and AscentDescent for 8 years now. Together we have created a cutting edge ski concept in the Lyngen alps that will last for years to come. Also a big hug to the guides who´ve been delivering safe and fun tours to our clients from all over the world. 7 Blåner and Dynafit have been supporting with outstanding equipment, clothing and world class service throughout the season and deserves a big hug for that!  Cheers/Jimmy Halvardsson

Big dinner with the group on last night together. Pete Gaston, Dave Rosenbarger and Rosanna joining for the  season finish at the Ascent Descent ski lodge. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Big dinner with the group on last night together. Pete Gaston, Dave Rosenbarger and Rosanna joining for the season finish at the Ascent Descent ski lodge. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Getting back to Nord Lenangen after a tour to Vannøya with the group on our first day together. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Getting back to Nord Lenangen after a tour to Vannøya with the group on our first day together. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Skiing the Store Durmålstinden 1440 with fellow guides Graham Austick and Mikal Nerberg. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Skiing the Store Durmålstinden 1440 with fellow guides Graham Austick and Mikal Nerberg. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Skiing the Tverrbakktinden 1392 a few days ago with my friend Patrik Jonsson. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Skiing the Tverrbakktinden 1392 a few days ago with my friend Patrik Jonsson. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Happy days in The Lyngen Alps

May is here and this often means calmer weather, long days and good opportunities to reach the higher summits of the lyngen alps. The Ascent Descent Ski Lodge is fully booked until mid May but after that we have a few spots for the ones seeking good spring skiing in the lyngen alps. Lately we´ve been lucky to go a bit steeper with good snow and safe conditions. This season will stretch into June due to the last few snowfalls and colder temperatures. Skiing by boat with Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides ” will be possible until the 31st of May! Cheers / Jimmy Halvardsson

We skied one of the couloirs close to the lodge the other day as a afternoon additional. Great day out with two spectacular runs! Selfie: Jimmy Halvardsson

We skied one of the couloirs close to the lodge the other day as a afternoon additional. Great day out with two spectacular runs! Selfie: Jimmy Halvardsson

The Happy bunch from London experienced a lot of weather last week. The winds calmed down this weekend and we are happy for that. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

The Happy bunch from London experienced a lot of weather last week. The winds calmed down this weekend and we are happy for that. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Mid ski season in the Lyngen alps

Spring has arrived in the Lyngen alps even if the conditions often is like winter up high. At Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountains Guides” we´ve had a  record season in many ways. We´ve had more bookings than before, more skiing by boat and the worst weather season ever in The Lyngen alps. It´s been plenty of good mountain memories and good skiing but all those days with clear blue sky that we are used to has been reduced this winter. The good thing is that we still have a good snow pack and are ready for the good days that comes with the calmer spring season. We keep on going to the 31st of May out here in Nord Lenangen in the Northern Lyngen alps. So for us it´s still mid season!

Great skiing back to the Ascent Descent Ski Lodge last week. On the opposite side of the fjord at the bridge we have one of the best locations for the skiing in Lyngen! Still a few free dates in the last two weeks of May this year. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Great skiing back to the Ascent Descent Ski Lodge last week. On the opposite side of the fjord at the bridge we have one of the best locations for the skiing in Lyngen! Still a few free dates in the last two weeks of May this year. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Guiding last week in great spring conditions. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Guiding last week in great spring conditions. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

One of our great days this season with warm weather and perfect spring skiing. The new van is an upgrade for sure! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

One of our great days this season with warm weather and perfect spring skiing. The new van is an upgrade for sure! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson