Adventures filled with adrenaline
There are very few things better than the feeling of floating on untouched powder snow or of managing to balance on your surfboard for the first time. With the Pudder Surf class we are looking for adventures full of adrenaline in a safe setting and we train to get better at what we do. This is a class for everyone who wants to challenge themselves and looks for a school year full of action with focus on good vibes, surfing, steep skiing and outdoor sports - without too many nights in a tent.
Two main activities, but lots of additional things to try
As the name of or class states, we focus on two main activities - those being surfing and skiing powder. When the first snow comes, we will spend our days mainly in ski resorts or in the mountains looking for the best snow. When it is not possible to ski, we are usually by the coast with our surf boards – in summer as well as in winter time.
Although we will spend a lot of time on those two activities, you will also get to try a variety of other sports such as:
- Mountain biking
- Water skiing / Wakeboarding
- Climbing / Bouldering
...and much more. There is a lot to look forward to!
- Ice-hockey / Curling
- Strength training
We will also focus on varied all-round training that will make you better at surfing and skiing.
Hunting powder snow
Do you want to ski more, improve your technique and get better? Or are you maybe one of those who want to ski deep powder and want to go outside as soon as the first snow arrives?
In the Pudder Surf class you will find people like you and you will get to spend a lot of time with snow under your feet. To get better at skiing you need to ski a lot – so you need good skiing conditions. Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is located amidst many fantastic mountains suitable for ski-touring, skiing areas such as Eresfjord, Sunndal and Romsdal are just a day trips for us. Good ski resorts like Oppdal, Stordal and Stranda are not too far away either.
In other words: it is kind of hard to avoid good skiing conditions here. But an important part of hunting good powder snow is also to know how to ski safely in the backcountry. That is why you will learn a lot about avalanches and how to be safe in the mountains. We will have both theoretical and practical lessons about this throughout the year.
Even though it is an advantage if you have some experience in skiing or snowboarding, you do not have to be an expert – you can become one this year!
Your main class at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole will be taught three days of the week. In addition you will attend the "Learning Norwegian" class.
Class trip to Japan
Have you ever heard about “Japow”? Powder snow in Japan is said to be so good that it got its own term. In February we are going to travel to Hakuba and the ski resort Cortina, a skiing destination with about 10-12 meters of snow each year – so we are really talking about bottomless powder here. In Hakuba we will experience freeriding you will never forget and in addition we are going to visit Tokyo where you will get a glimpse of Japanese big city life. Experiences like this will create a really good class environment and we will travel back home with lots of good memories.
If the Coronavirus situation makes traveling abroad difficult or not tempting we will make an alternative plan in Norway. If so - the cost of this course will be significantly less than announced below.
Skiing week in Oppdal
In February the whole school will travel to the Oppdal ski resort. We are gonna live in cabins at IMI-Stølen which has a lot of good facilities and cozy rooms!
Here we will have a good time skiing and relaxing in the cabins afterwards. A lot of proficient instructors will accompany us and you will get lessons that suit your skiing level. We offer classes in alpine and telemark skiing as well as snowboarding and cross country skiing.
Making progress together
We always take some time to talk about and analyse the things we do and we also work on giving good feedback. We work together, get to know each other and get better together so we will become a good team. No matter the activity – our teacher focuses on every individual student and wants each of them to reach their full potential. Throughout the year you are going to develop your skills in both surfing and skiing as well as in other activities. In addition you will learn more about safety in the mountains and consideration of risks.
The school has some equipment, but to get the most out of this year you should have some equipment yourself.
Equipment you need to have:
- Ski-touring equipment (Touring skis or a split board)
- Avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, avalanche probe)
- Winter wetsuit (5mm thick)
- Winter sleeping bag and a backpack
- Shell jacket/ good clothing
- Outdoor clothing and woollen underwear
For a more detailed list, click here
Equipment you can borrow from the school:
- Windsurfing board
- Surfing board
Lars Andreas Fauske Lillebø
Has a bachelor degree in sports and outdoor life from Høgskolen i Volda. He is very fond of activities in snow and water, especially freeriding and surfing. Through his enthusiasm, humour and good conversations he will give you an unforgettably fantastic year with lots of action and good challenges.
Friluftsliv at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole
There are a lot of folk high schools that offer friluftsliv classes all around Norway, so why should you choose one at Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole?
In addition to our fantastic teachers and staff, we might have the best location for friluftsliv in the country. Nordvestlandet folkehøgskole is on the northwest side of Norway with amazing nature for sports and friluftsliv. A lot of the mountains around our school are at 1500 -1900 meters above sea level and are perfect for hikes with or without skis. On skiing trips you can easily get to ski down 1600 meters.
Høgtun is located by the sea and there are great water sports and windsurfing opportunities right by the school. Boats and kayaks are free to rent for our students at all times. Hoddevika and Stad are also very close by, these places are great for surfing as well. Additionally, it is not far to drive to ski resorts such as Oppdal with Norway's biggest ski area, Bjorli with Norway's longest skiing season, Tusten ski resort in Molde and Stranda ski resort with amazing off-piste skiing.
If you find it hard to choose an outdoor sports class, you can read our article about which outdoor sports class fits you best here