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Fantastic scenery in a remote area, making our own tracks through the snow each day. The accommodation was clean, comfortable and, most of all, very welcoming, friendly and informal. The group sat down together around a table together for dinner each evening with the guides and the two young ladies who cooked and cleaned, which gave a lovely family feel to it. The food was very good, especially the locally caught/shot Arctic Char and Reindeer and I enjoyed the cake that was served when we returned each afternoon.
I think the best bits for me was simply the breathtaking scenery, both across the lake and from the hills that we went up. And the feeling of the skis gliding across the snow.
Neil was extremely helpful, encouraging and friendly; and very knowledgeable about the area.
Ski waxes, cork and scraper - which you will need - is not included in the ski hire so take what you already have or be prepared to buy some there (about £15 for one wax, cork and scraper). You make sandwiches at breakfast for lunch but there is no chocolate bars or anything similar so if I went again I would take my own supply. After discussing what grade skier I was with an Exodus agent when I was booking we decided I was probably grade 3 - but I struggled technically on this trip and would say you should be at least grade 4 (and proficient at kick-turns, side stepping up and down steep slopes, herringbone and even probably Telemark turns in the deep sugary snow). Also, I got bad blisters on my heels from my heels sliding up and down in the stiff ski boots so in case you suffer with this as well take plenty of blister pads/plasters plus something like duct tape to keep them in place for the whole day.
My 4th trip to Mosstrand and I enjoy it more every time I go. The skiing is off track and in some of the most spectacular scenery you will see; often you see no-one else the whole week you are there.
The host Philip & his team of family and friends make the whole experience like you are staying in a relatives house with friends around. The team guide you during the day and eat/socialise with you for all 3 meals. The meals are also prepared by the team fresh that day and using local ingredients and dishes.
Once you have visited you will find it difficult to go anywhere else. I'm already planning next year's trip.
Feeling part of the 'family'.
The team are extremely relaxed and want everyone to enjoy their trip regardless of capability
This was my third visit to Mosstrond. Snow conditions were excellent - deep powder and little wind. A good mix of days bagging peaks, leading up to the magnificent Magnusgronutane which hadn't been climbed by an Exodus group for about 4 years (due to snow conditions), with sporty descents through birch woods. Philip and Maiken Yatman treated us like family and Neil led us each day and shared his knowledge of the history of this part of Telemark. I was sad to leave .... but hope to be back.
Wednesday, 10 February started with a parhelion at breakfast. We watched the 'second sun' and rainbows for about 30 minutes and then the 'glitter' falling through the rays of the sun. The day was cold and magical ice crystals had grown everywhere. The air was so clear that day we also got views of Gausta without its hat of clouds!
Neil led us most days and Philip led us on one day. Both are perfect gentlemen, knowledgeable about the area (history, community) as well as being thoroughly familiar with the terrain. Neil was able to bring out our hidden skiing talents and we were all swooping down the slopes in style (mostly thanks to the snow conditions). He was able to tailor each day's skiing programme to suit the adventurous or more laid back among us. He encouraged us to stretch ourselves and certainly helped me get my confidence on skis back.
Mosstrond is not a place for beginners. You require a certain amount of fitness and a few miles under your skis of experience, certainly if you want to go up high. If you love swishing down through birch trees, getting high for the views and are prepared for a few stretches across lakes (where the temperature can be a few degrees colder, there is more wind and could be tricky if there is not much snow on top of the ice) then you will love it.
Mosstrond turisthytte is a very comfortable and special place with a comfy lounge, books, photos of the area. You feel like you're a guest in someone's home. I'm vegetarian and had great food all week with more variety than I would cook for myself. Meiken is a fantastic cook.
Mosstrond is one of those places where you wish you could stay forever!
It is very difficult to make your own way and we strongly recommend that you make arrangements to meet the Exodus group transfer. If you are unsure, or would like to arrange to be added to this, please contact Exodus for more information.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
No, it's not essential, although any previous experience will be a bonus! There are different weeks specially graded for beginners, so make sure you pick the correct week to begin with. It should specify in the brochure and on the website but if you're not sure, just contact Exodus. If there are 2 different grades happening in the same week, you can sometimes switch to a higher grade towards the end of the week if you feel you have gained sufficient experience.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
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