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When is the best time to ski in the Lyngen?

This year we’ve had an unreal early season with some of the best skiing in November we’ve had for several years. Though our snowpack isn’t as deep early in the season and the days are quite short, the light is beautiful. The sun has set now and won’t rise until the end of January, but we are hopeful for some great days skiing under the northern lights!

While we are guiding some days and teaching avalanche courses in December and January, we don’t really begin our ski weeks until February. Personally, February is my favorite month to ski in Lyngen and Tromsø. Though the days little colder and shorter than later in the season, we often have the mountains completely to ourselves and we have a better chance of skiing powder and seeing the northern lights when the nights are clear.

There is no doubt that March, April and May are the most is the popular months for ski touring in Lyngen! It’s that perfect time of year when we have lots of daylight and a deep snowpack all the way down to the sea. By the middle of May the Snowpack begins to creep up the mountains but with 24 hours of sunlight we have plenty of time to hike our skis up to the snow line for those who want to ski until the beginning of June.

In other news we are excited to announce some changes heading into the 2020 season. We are happy to be expanding alongside with Lyngen Experience. In addition to professional guides with local knowledge we have more accommodation options and more capacity. If you are interested in booking a ski week, ski weekend, or some days skiing by boat we are looking forward to hearing from you.

This photo was taken at midday while on a skitour this November. Though the days are short, the arctic light is beautiful. Photo: Vegard Rye

Northern Lights over russelvfjellet. A ski week in February is the best time to combine good skiing and northern lights. Photo: Kjetil Skogli

Powder skiing on Storgalten in the end of March. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Summer skiing on Russelvfjellet. Depending on our snow year our season can last until early June. Photo: Finn Hovem

Lyngen alps prime time

It´s been a fantastic start to the ski touring season in the Lyngen alps and Tromsø region. Record breaking amounts of snow and no mild coastal spells so far. As we are already in late March the days are very long and at the moment we have cold clear weather and sunny powder slopes all over the place. We also got some room for more bookings i May so don´t hesitate to send us an e-mail about availability.

Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”

Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”

Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”

Time to book your Lyngen ski touring trip

As autumn temperatures starts to set in and our mountain tops gets their first snow we start to get ready for a new ski season in the Lyngen alps. 14th season ahead and we keep improving our concept with ski weeks from private exclusive lodging, ski by boat tours and great tours from the door step in the Northern Lyngen alps. The lyngen alps suits all levels of skiers and our professional mountain guides are locally experienced with multiple seasons in the area. Please send a mail from our contact page or directly at info@ascentdescent.com. Best regards Jimmy Halvardsson / IFMGA Mountain Guide

The Lyngen alps has something for every sier. Great fjord views, outstanding ski touring for all levels and perfect mountain sides that drop into the sea. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Our snow pack does truly last into mid May. Our season stretches from 15th February – 15th of May.

World class ski mountaineering with huge vertical drop. The Lyngen alps highest mountain is Jiehkkevarri at 1834m. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson


Lyngen spring season

It´s mid May and finally the spring has arrived with warmer temperatures and midnight sun just around the corner. The Lyngen alps has bees fantastic lately with a few weeks of perfect weather, powder and great snow coverage down to the shores. For many this is the best time of the year and at the moment we experience the first heavy transformation in the snow pack and it will soon be perfect spring snow lasting well in to June this year. Here is some pictures from one of our days last week!

Great day out in the backyard! Photo: jimmy Halvardsson

Fantastic snow, cold temperatures and long days in the Lyngen alps last week. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Obligatory sea view. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Last sunny slopes back to the shore had great spring snow conditions at the end. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Lyngen prime time and meeting guide colleagues from far away is always fun! Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Still winter in the Lyngen alps

With resent cold temperatures and fairly stable snow pack for the time being we´ve had the opportunity to explore some of The Lyngen alps more adventurous runs and mountains. It´s also nice when we have groups coming back to explore the region with us and increasing the level as the years go by. Often starting out with easy ski touring classics in the area developing good mountain sense and moving into steeper terrain when knowledge, comfort level and conditions match. 

Still winter here and we are looking into spring season starting as the sun is getting warmer. We still have available weeks and weekends after the 7th of May for skiers interested in the spring skiing period. Good snow pack this year means long season:) Last ski weekend 18-21 of May at AD ski lodge for 2017. 

climbing the top couloir of Store Jægervasstinden. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

climbing the top couloir of Store Jægervasstinden. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Jægervasstind (2 of 3)

A good forecast but clouds rolled in. Bad visibility and winds made us turn around just before the summit this day. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Jægervasstind (3 of 3)

“Nisse” skiing the top couloir. Photo: Jimmy Halvardsson

Ascent Descent “The Lyngen Mountain Guides”

So, well into our 12th ski season here in the Lyngen alps and a while since we last updated our blog here on the web page. Season has been running at full speed since mid February with lot´s of groups coming from all over to enjoy this fantastic mountain range and our team is growing. At the moment we are 3 guides and one employed assistant taking care of our visitors. Each group get´s a unique experience with private housing, private guide and all possibilities to get their vacation adapted to their own speed, ambition and pace through the week. Check out our instagram feed for almost daily updates on weather, conditions and our tours with the groups.

Last week we enjoyed some great days of skiing. Powder and snow falling all week making conditions fun and interesting at the same time. Photo: J.Halvardsson

Last week we enjoyed some great days of skiing. Powder and snow falling all week making conditions fun and interesting at the same time. Photo: J.Halvardsson

Ski by boat classics

Skiing from the summit of Trolltinden is truly something special. Great sea views and despite the very wind exposed slope it´s very often great powder conditions here. Photo: J.Halvardsson

Mixed weather

Lately the snow storms has been very dominating in the area creating lot´s of avalanche problems but as skiers we can always seek safe terrain when necessary. Photo: J.Halvardsson


Great start of the day.. No people, no wind only sun and some tarragons trying to hide in the bushes. Super snow and great day out! Photo: J.Halvardsson