Freeride from the ski lifts in Myrkdalen

– David Colman

Wild Voss are brilliant! 

I just spent 4 days in Voss/Myrkdalen and had the pleasure of being guided by Carlos for 2 days. Carlos listened to what my friend and I wanted and planned the days perfectly. The result was the best two days of powder snowboarding I’ve ever had. 

Over the last 8 or so years ive been on regular split boarding trips to Chamonix or La Grave so I thought Voss might be a little bit tame by comparison. But given the unstable snow conditions in Europe i thought Norway/Voss was worth a try. They had a huge dump of snow and I emailed Carlos who immediately found a way to accommodate our last minute booking and went out of his way to prepare an amazing plan for the two days. 

We had planned to splitboard but there were so few people there and the snow was so good we just hiked from the top of a ski lift. It was the best decision ever and I enjoyed every minute of using my powder board. Snow over your head on almost every turn. 

We used the lift in the resort of Myrkdalen and hiked for 45minutes from the top to an empty mountain. Over the course of the day we got 5 powder laps from top to bottom without seeing another person. It was incredible. Carlos’ knowledge of the area allowed us to always find new untouched runs without too much effort.

The powder at the top of the mountain held well and we got some good steep ish sections and then it opened out and we went through the trees in what were the best conditions ever. Carlos was also up for finding jumps, cliff drops and pillow lines for us to jump off which made the days even more fun. 

I’ve never had the chance to snowboard in Japan so I can’t verify this claim, but in my mind Norway is the Japan of Europe!

Ski touring weekend corporate tour

– Torstein Bøhm, Senior Manager PwC Bergen.

Working for PwC in Bergen I have tried to established for a long time a ski touring group. After a great guided trip with Wild Voss over Raundalsryggen with colleagues in the spring of 2021, I took contact with Øystein and asked him to arrange a ski touring weekend for PwC. Wild Voss was very accomodating and made a customized program with a base in Scandic Voss. We went ski touring to Skreieggi and Øyastølsfjellet, while having learning moments about avalanche management, buddy rescue and trip planning.

The course was well planed and Wild Voss had a team of knowledgefull, profesional and pedagogic instructors. We were 23 very satisfied participants that went home after the course with increased knowledge on what it takes to plan and execute safe ski touring trips in the mountains.

As the responsible for arrangements in PwC, it has been a satisfaction to work with Wild Voss, both before and after this course. I can kindly recommend them to others.

6 Day-trip with avalanche course and guided ski touring trips

– Catty Pearson

Had such an incredible week learning to ski tour whilst on their avalanche course, I think it’s my new favourite sport. We were generally the only people wherever we went and had the most incredible fresh powder to ski down on, complete dream, plus I really feel I understand avalanches a lot better than I did! Thank you Øystein 🤩

Ski touring course (20h weekend course)

– Martin Kříž

I have been a part of a weekend ski touring course where I was looking for more information and to organize my knowledge about the avalanche problems. It was really well organized, enough information before hand. We spent 1 evening indoor where we received the very basic information needed for the 2 upcoming days outside.

Very playful and enjoyable days on skis with a lot of information which made me feel like I really know what to do in the situation of unfortunate events and how to prevent from finding one self in those situations at all. We learned how to read the terrain and management of the trip. We also dig a snow pit and analyzed the snow profile.

I would definitely recommend the course to every one who plans to do back county skiing without guides. We were very unlucky with the weather but one learns that you can enjoy ski-touring even in the rain, you just need a good group of people and a skilled guide or instructor. We also learned several different possibilities to measure steepness of the terrain and how to consider the situation in high avalanche risk.

Avalanche course for woman

– Marita Silberg

I got in touch with Wild Voss in December 2019. They had then posted an event on Facebook with avalanche courses for woman. The first course got fully booked quickly, but they were able to find a weekend to accommodate a second group of woman that wanted to attend the course.

The course provided a good introduction to avalanche theory, making safer choices out in the mountains, and not least, good practical experience! I simply felt safer after finishing the course. Wild Voss has competent and committed instructors! They possess a lot of knowledge and they are good at sharing it in a simple way.

Ski touring course in Mjølfjell

– Rune Stromsnes

My wife found information about Wild Voss on a Facebook group and signed me up for a ski touring course as a birthday present.​

She knew that I had a strong desire to learn more about ski touring, orienteering in the winter mountains and avalanche knowledge. Shoe found information about the ski touring course in Mjølfjell and asked if I wanted to participate. Which of course I said YES to!

God innsikt i skredfare og hvordan den skal vurderes. God metodikk for risikovurdering og planlegging av tur. Enda større respekt for vinterfjellet, samtidig som jeg føler meg bedre rustet for å benytte fjellet og de mulighetene som ligger rett utenfor hyttedøren.​

Øystein is a calm, patient and good teacher. Uses descriptive examples and answers follow-up questions thoroughly. The practical training was realistic and relevant.

Day course in avalanche rescue (Private course)

– Anders Bjaaland

We got in contact with Wild Voss after a friend recommended us to join one of their courses. With only a theoretical course on the bag, we wanted to practice and upgrade our knowledge in rescue and terrain management before our yearly trip to the Alps. Unfortunately all the available dates before our trip were fully booked, but we managed to find a date that worked for us for a private course.

Carlos is a skilled and engaged guide. He took us to Gråside, in Voss, where we covered a selection of topics according to our needs. We started with strategies for managing avalanche terrain and avalanche knowledge along the way towards the selected arena for practicing rescue. Here we took a careful approach to all the important elements for effective search and excavating. We then proceeded to put all the elements to the test with a realistic case that simulated an avalanche scenario. We learned as well the basics of avalanche first aid response and gear.

I can highly recommend a similar course. The day was adapted to our needs and we got several “aha-moments” both with theoretical and practical knowledge. There is a lot that one can learn from theoretical courses and books on the topic, but it doesn’t help much when you don’t know how to apply it in practice when every second counts.

Winter tour leader course

– Guro Vike, chairman of the board of BSI Friluft

I came into contact with Wild Voss through an avalanche course on a winter tour guide course with BSI Friluft* in winter 2017. After this avalanche course, BSI Friluft has organized avalanche and winter tour guide courses with WildVoss every winter. In addition, we have used WildVoss for avalanche seminars that we offer to our participants at the start of the season as well as for climbing and glacier courses.

The most important thing I am left with is probably that I have become much better at planning trips, a better ability to assess the terrain and choose safe routes, which in turn means that I have the background to contribute to decisions on trips. In addition, I am left with a lot of knowledge about group dynamics and group management in the winter mountains.

What I mean is particularly good is the ability of Wild Voss to tailor-made arrangements for us, while keeping a great emphasis on what the participants themselves want to improve on. I have mostly attended courses and lectures with Øystein, who is a formidable communicator who engages and is able to initiate reflections in the participants.

*BSI Friluft is a student organisation based in Bergen, for student who share a passion for the outdoors.