Thursday, 30 December 2010

Walking the ridge


After a week of heavy snow falls and a couple of days of sunshine we have now run out of the easy access powder runs.
That means one thing: On with the snowshoes and start walking.

John took me up to one of his runs: the ridge.
It is a scary walk up the ridge and my heart was pumping loudly in my chest the whole time.

On top of the world? Here is a view of some of the 18 different ski resorts that is close to Trafoi.
Shitting myself and thoughts of avalanches followed me the whole way up there.

It took us about an hour to get to our destination before we dropped off into the untouched virgin snow.

Totally worth it!

Trafoi

Trafoi is a little village in the Sud Tirolean Alps, in the North of Italy.
It was one of the first places in Europe to get a chairlift.
Gustav Thoni is the local legend who was born in this village. He went on to win 4 World Cups in skiing.
It is a beautiful place and although it is in Italy most of the local people here speak their own dialect German.
We come here for the awesome snowboarding.

It has only 3 lifts but endless powder runs.
For more info check out: www.trafoi.com

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Hotel Tannenheim

Just a few photo's of the new bar in the Hotel Tannenheim. There will be heaps more to follow but at the moment I am too knackered after too much snowboarding to write much.





Probably the best coffee in Trafoi.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

X mas



Normally around Xmas time I am home in my native Norway to spend time with my family. This year however due to circumstances outside my reach we are in the Italian Alps.

I've had 5 days of massive snowboarding and my legs are crying out in pain.
Yesterday, it was the Norwegian Xmas and I wanted to do something different, so I managed to talk Claire into coming for a swift walk with me in to a place called "Drei Brunnen".

We spent the morning snowboarding and left for our walk just after midday.
The walk takes us through a massive forest and it is so peaceful and quiet in here.


Our destination is the Three Holy Fountains of Trafoi. The water from these fountains is believed to have healing properties and has been around for a very, very long time.

There is a little church right next to the fountains so what better way to celebrate Xmas than to light a candle and sit in peacefulness and soak in the enormous energy that is in this area?


I left the area with a fantastic Xmas feeling.

We came back to our hotel three hours later and totally knackered. With a massive appetite for the fantastic Xmas dinner. Merry Xmas everyone.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Tenerife by night



There is enough lights in this place to keep our island going for a year.

R u getting the Xmas feeling?

Thought not.
Have a wonderful festive season.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Kodak Rock

There is a cluster of rocks that we call the Kodak rocks on one of the point breaks in Tenerife.
The have built a "natural"swimming pool around them since last time we were down here. The water fills up the pool at high tide.

A room with a view

Really happy with our room down here in Tenerife.
2 balconies and it is a total sun trap.

Wouldn't want it any other way.

Almost on the beach and each morning I've been walking up and down the beach in a "brisk" tempo trying to get my legs fit for snowboarding.

The local grocery shop is just in the same complex and when the grocery shop looks this good and is called "Supermarcedo" it is actually fun food shopping.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Tenerife


Just came back from a quick holiday in Tenerife.
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and about five million people visit Tenerife every year.

It is easy to get to from London and a great island to escape to for some winter sun. The Tenerife coast is rugged and steep especially in the North of the Island and in the South-West coast it has nicer, smoother sand.

Surfing is a sport that is very popular on the island by both the locals and tourists. This time for us we travelled without surfboards, just content with watching the waves....

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Party


I love being back home and catching up with friends and family. There seems to be quite a few parties happening as well, which is a huge welcome after living a semi-quiet life on the rock for the last 8 months.

Alcohol is something I don't drink very often so when I do I make sure to do it in style :-).
So here is my tips for a wonderful Saturday night in with girlfriends:

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Voss


Voss is about 100km east of Bergen. It sits in a location surrounded by snow-capped mountains, forests, lakes and fast flowing white water rivers.

It is a notable center for skiing, snowboarding, water sports, skydiving paragliding and other adventure sports

Every year they have an extreme sports week which is great fun and probably one of the biggest extreme sports festivals in the world.
My mum is from Voss and I still have a lot of relatives living there so whenever I am home I always make sure I go for a visit.

Vagnsvannet is great both in summer and winter. Last winter it was so cold they were actually driving their tractors on the ice. In the picture above mum and my auntie is posing happily for a pic before we went into "Stasjonen" for a cuppa. (Yes it was absolutely freezing up here that day).
My uncle's horse is named Livild and she is 20 years old. I always make sure I go and say hello to her when I am up there.