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Know avalanche risks and prioritize safety

Remember the old saying: avalanche does not know it is not supposed to come.

Exploring mountains in winter and especially back country skiing and snowboarding requires acceptance of some risks and taking steps to mitigate them.

It is your responsibility to make sure you plan your trip well and come back home safe.

You should always remember to always carry an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe when exploring mountainous terrain and know how to use them (you can rent avalanche equipment with us).

At Tromsø Outdoor we can check current avalanche warnings for you and sometimes we may try to discourage you from going to any risky terrain but eventually it will be you who need to take decision where to go and when to turn back, so you must be well prepared.

We follow avalanche information on  Varsom.

We recommend to pay extra attention to avalanche situation to customers experienced in exploring mountainous terrain, please keep in mind that our conditions may differ greatly from what you know from other places. Stay updated on the weather conditions in your area with yr.no and senorge.no.

To get latest information about the risks we recommend to download new VARSOM-REGOBS app released in March 2019. Now alerts and observations are collected in one place. Regobs is a new app and will replace regObs and Varsom apps as you are used to. It is available on google play and app store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=no.nve.regobs4

The big changes are that the app has full English language support. Foreign maps make it easier to use the app in neighboring countries and it allows for cooperation with other notification services.

We have a selection of safe places to visit here and we use our knowledge of local conditions if we give you any recommendations.

On days with moderate (level 2) to low (level 1) avalanche risk we recommend mountains and hills with slopes of steepness below 20/30 degrees, or valleys. On days with considerable (level 3) avalanche risk we recommend wide, safe valleys and flat terrain or recommend to stay in the city and walk around in the forests on the top of the island. If the avalanche risk is high (level 4), or considerable (level 3) but conditions are not stable we recommend to stay away from the mountains. There are many rewarding activities you can join in Tromsø without putting yourself and others at risk. Just ask us and we will fill up your days.

We always recommend to join local, certified guides (for example Ascent Descent) for skiing in the mountains in the area. Check well if guides you plan to join have the right qualifications and local experience.

To sum up: we strongly advise you to use Varsom, YR, prior to your arrival and follow the conditions well in advance.

You find avalanche risk/terrain steepness maps online https://geodata.ngi.no and traffic information on Statens Vegvesen website (at times roads in our area are closed due to avalanche risks).

Before you head for the tour make sure you are well prepared - find tips on Visit Norway website.

Make sure you get familiar with the Norwegian snow conditions and the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.

We have winter safety booklets available in the center and we handle them out on the days with higher avalanche risk.

Avalanches and winter safety of people who rent our equipment is our big concern as we also got to know how dangerous terrain we live in.
Make sure that you take all possible steps to enjoy your holidys and come back home safe.

February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019