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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 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 is you who decide where to go and when to turn back, so you must be well prepared.

We follow the avalanche status on Varsom.

We recommend experienced customers to pay extra attention to the avalanche situation in Northern Norway and please keep in mind that our conditions may differ greatly from what you know from other places - especially since the sun has a different effect on the snow at this latitude and the snow conditions are different on the coast than on the inland. Stay updated on the weather conditions in the area with yr.no and senorge.no.

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

The new app has full English language support and can be integrated 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. Always check if guides you plan to join have the right qualifications and local experience.

To sum up:

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

Avalanches and the safety of people who rent our equipment is our big concern as we know how dangerous the terrain we live in can be.
Make sure that you take all necessary steps to enjoy your holidays and come back home safe.

Written: 
February 5, 2019
February 5, 2019