December 16th – and after snowfall all day, it cleared up in the afternoon. I just had to go skiing. After all, it was my birthday. And a birthday is not quite a birthday without a ski-trip. After some consideration, I decided to bring Karma. It would get tough, but it’s been a while since she had it tough. And I don’t want her to get fat…
The choice fell on Rjåhornet – probably the top I visit most often during a year. I chose to start by the fjord. For me, starting by the fjord brings an extra dimension to the trip.
The forest part isn’t so much fun, and I could hear rocks scratching the skis. But with skins on, it’s tolerable. But I made a mental note to take it very careful upon descent.
As we got above the forest, I enjoyed the wonderful light. The upside of living on the rough coastline is that after rough weather comes nice weather. The transition is often pure magic.
I don’t think the dog enjoyed this trip. Only snow. Nothing to smell. And it’s quite amazing that she doesn’t just sit down and say; “hey! this is NOT my idea of a Saturday afternoon!”. Her loyalty is astonishing. I used to have a Dachshund. They’re a different kind, altogether…
As we got higher on the mountain, it became quite clear that the descent would be simply brilliant. The snow was just magic and the skis had stopped scratching rock a long time ago.
We reached the top just as it was getting dark. The camera doesn’t quite reflect reality, and from the pictures it seems we were out in broad daylight.
As expected, the descent was beautiful. The only downside was that I couldn’t do the whole mountain in one run, as I had to frequently stop and wait for Karma – struggling in the snow.
Just before Leikong, a snowball came flying my way. My girlfriend Anne was hiding behind a rock, just back from the cross-country track. She decided to spare her bad knee from a ski-descent today. But she “made up for it”, through a very nice dinner and dessert later on.
All in all, a very enjoyable birthday!
Pictures from the trip: