Our destination was just that, a “secret” stone hut located on the top of a mountain surrounded in every direction by the most incredible ski terrain. Anders had heard of the hut, and while locals would argue it is not really a secret at all, to us Oslo based skiers it held some allure. Apparently, it was built back in the early 90s by a group of friends that wanted a unique base for hunting, hiking, and skiing. They used stones from the ridge to build the main structure and brought all other materials, including roof beams, windows, tables and much, much more, by foot from the valley 1200 meters below. It took them 5 years to complete – and they never asked for permission …hence the designation as “secret”.
Due to the lack of information that we had at the time, we really did not know what to expect. Will it be super primitive? Or, will it be super cosy? The weather forecast was clear, but cold and extremely windy. So, in case we did have to bivi on the ridge, we packed tons of gear.
The first strides on the skin track felt better than ever, however, the incredibly icy conditions and overfilled packs soon took their toll. Very quickly, the journey upwards turned into, well, a complete and utter slog. Albeit a slog in an amazing location.
Once we reached tree line and entered the alpine, things got a bit easier, and we even found a few patches of soft snow to glide across. Soon enough, the ridgeline appeared in front of us, and we could just make out the shape of a hut. The last steeper pitch went quickly, that is until we obtained the ridge and a blast of wind hit us. Turns out, the wind was here to join us for the entire weekend.