Kirketaket (1439 masl) is voted among the top 10 mountains in Norway for Alpine Ski Touring by the Norwegian Ski Magazine “Fri Flyt”.
The skiing up to Kirketaket takes around 3 to 5 hours. From the summit, there is more than 1000 vertical metres (3000 feet) of great skiing down to the mountain dairy of Kavliheian which is situated at the foothill of the mountain.
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- You can go by train from Oslo or Trondheim to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways, Raumabanen. You can see Kirketaket and other great ski-mountains from Åndalsnes Railway Station
- Åndalsnes, Isfjorden and Romsdal is Norway´s “Mecca of Skiing”. All mountains “are delivered” with Fjord View
Snow Measurements at the base of Kirketaket
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Snow Reports – Winter 2019/2020
21 Mar 2020 – 100 cm Snow – Temp -4 deg C
ENG: -4 deg C and sun from the morning today. 5 cm fresh snow at Vårseterjeln, much more fresh snow in the heights. The sun gave a good temperature, and the snow was affected by this and was wet in the lower parts of Kirketaket. Some skiers at Kirketaket and on the surrounding mountains, and had a great day skiing to Kirketaket. Report: Odd Hatlen
NOR: -4 og sol fra morgenen i dag. 5 cm. nysnø på Vårseterjeln, men mye nysnø i høgda. Sola varmet godt, så snøen ned fra Kirketaket ble mer og mer kram jo lenger ned en kom. Men passe med folk og kjempefin dag på tur. Det var endel folk på de andre fjella også. Rapport: Odd Hatlen
14 Mar 2020 – 110 cm Snow – Temp -6.5 deg C
ENG: 40 to 60 cm fresh snow since yesterday, and -6.5 deg C, sun and fantastic skiing conditions! Windy in the heights, so I stoppet at Steinberget below Kirketaket and was skiing to Galtåtind instead. Lot of skiers in the mountains today. Report: Odd Hatlen
NOR: Det kom mellom 40 og 60 cm nysnø i går, og i dag var det – 6,5 grader, sol og fantastiske forhold. Det blåste godt i høgda så jeg snudde på Steinberget. Mye folk på ski i dag, på alle topper. Rapport: Odd Hatlen
08 Mar 2020 – 80 cm Snow – Temp +11 deg C
ENG: Mild weather today, plus 11 deg C. The snow has been sinking to 80 cm today, wet and heavy snow. No skiers at Kirketaket today due to strong wind, but some skiers seen at Galtåtind. Report: Odd Hatlen
NOR: Mildvær i dag, pluss 11 grader. Snøen har sunket til 0,8 m, den var kram og tung i dag. Ingen på Kirketaket i dag grunnet sterk vind, men det var endel folk på Galtåtind som jeg kunne se. Rapport: Odd Hatlen
29 Feb 2020 – 110 cm Snow – Temp -6 deg C
ENG: Sun and minus 6 deg C, since yesterday new fresh 20 cm snow. Lots of dry snow almost to the summit today (Loftskardtind). Windy at the summit of Loftskardtind. Lots of nice people skiing on all of the summits around Kirketaket today, and also a great bunch of skiers on Avalanche Course Report/Pictures: Odd Hatlen
NOR: Sol og minus 6, det kom 20 cm snø i går. Det var tørr nysnø nesten til topps. Men det blåste godt på toppen. Men mye trivelige folk på tur på alle topper, pluss en stor gjeng på skredkurs Rapport/Bilder: Odd Hatlen
15 Feb 2020 – 100 cm Snow – Temp +/-0 deg C
ENG: Half a meter with fresh snow during last week, dry snow above the timberline. The snow starts to be affected by the wind in the upper parts of the mountains. Sunny and nice today, many skiers in the mountains. Temperature above O deg C in the lowland and below 0 deg C in the hights. Reported by Odd Hatlen
NOR: Halv meter med nysnø siste uke, tørr og fin til over tregrensa. Begynner å bli vindpåvirket i høyden. Sol og fint i dag, mange folk på tur. Temp. litt på pluss i lavlandet, litt minus i høyden. Rapportert av Odd Hatlen
02 Feb 2020 – 50 cm Snow – Temp: 0 deg C
ENG: Snow and fog today, wind in the heights. Temperature around 0 deg C at the measure point, just a few minus degrees at the top. Heavy but good snow in the forest, Poor visibility above the Timberline. Lots of skiers having fun skiing in the forest today Reported by Odd Hatlen.
NOR: Snø og tåke i dag, vind i høgda. Temperatur rundt null, og så vidt under i høgda. Tung men god snø i skogen, dårlig sikt over tregrensa. Masse folk som koste seg med skogkjøring i dag Rapportert av Odd Hatlen.
03 Nov 2019
Lots of snow in the mountains now. And many ski-tracks at Kirketaket. The Ski-Season has started Reported by Øyvind Heen
Mt. Kirketaket (1439m) – The Ascent
NOTE! Before you ski on Kirketaket and in the Romsdal Mountains, please check the Avalanche Forecast for Romsdal.
Kirketaket is a great mountain for alpine ski touring with fjord view. You start at the Shooting Range in Isfjorden (see map at bottom of article). Follow the ski track eastwards up to Stormyra. Cross the flat Stormyra and continue to the left towards Bruhaugen where the ascent starts. Bruhaugen is a popular goal for families with children. Continue up through the forest (north) to the “snow-meter” at Vårseterhjellen. Here you will find a marked pole where you can read off the amount of snow, see below for more info on how to send in the data to Kirketaket.com. Then continue up the forest path from Vårseterhjellen towards Skarsetra Mountain Pasture.
Just before you arrive Skarsetra, take up to the right towards Mt. Steinberget. Here, it is steep and heavy, but fairly easy to cross upwards. Cross the flat Steinberget (981m) until the east end and the steep ascent to the top of Steinberget. Then you ski down a small hill to where you start the ascent towards Kirketaket.
You follow the ridge up, on the left side, towards Kirketaket. It is normal to cross into the wide mountain side of Kirketaket after the narrow left ridge meets the mountain side further up. Then you cross up the mountain side to the summit at 1439 masl. From the summit you have a fantastic panorama-view towards the Romsdalsfjord and the surrounding mountains.
You see the Romsdal mountains towards east and south, the Romsdalsfjord and the Romsdal coast to the west, and the Nordmøre mountains to the north. But best of all; you have more than 1000 vertical metres downhill skiing waiting for you.
The fun part – Skiing down from Kirketaket
From the top, there is more than 1000 vertical meters (3000 feet) of great skiing, with a mix of steep and gentle slopes, down to the mountain dairy of Kavliheian which is situated at the foothill of Kirketaket. From Kavliheia and back down to Isfjorden Shooting Range, which normally is the starting point for the trip, there is fun and gentle skiing.
Video – Kirketaket – Klaus Andreassen
Other great mountains for skiing in Isfjorden
Isfjorden is surrounded by great ski-touring-mountains, and all the mountains have fjord view. We also recommend skiing to Blånebba, Kjøvskardtind, Skarven and Galtåtind. In Isfjorden and Romsdal, Guided Tours are recommended.
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WARNING – Snow Cornice at the summit of Kirketaket
NOTE! The snow can be blown to a large Snow Cornice (Snøskavl) in north direction at the top-ridge. Due to this, never ski further than you can see rocks/stones at the summit of Kirketaket. Never ski/walk close towards the edge where you don´t know if you have the mountain or just a snow cornice under your feet.
There have been two accidents the last years where skiers have been skiing too close to the edge. They fell through the snow cornice and down the north face of the mountain, and one of the accidents was unfortunately fatal.
Left picture: One day before the picture was taken, a person left these tracks on the Snow Cornice at the summit of Kirketaket. The day after, the snow and the tracks had disappeared. The person that walked there probably do not know it, but should be very lucky to be alive today!
There are also danger for avalanches at Kirketaket. Always check the Avalanche Forecast for Romsdal before skiing to Kirketaket and the Romsdal Mountains.
Italian Freeride Skiers visiting Romsdal
Skiers from the Italian Dolomites, the Tirol area, visited Romsdal for one week in April. They were skiing on Mt. Blånebba and Kirketaket and other mountains in the Romsdalsfjord area. It looks like they had a great time, see pictures and video below. Welcome back, Italy! Guides from White Spirit Freeride Guides – www.whitespirit.pro Photo: Enrico Masi
Kirketaket – Hiking in the summer
Kirketaket and the surrounding mountains are also great for hiking. You can hike the same route as in wintertime, via Steinberget and then up Vesteggen to the top.
Another great hike is Hesteskotraversen (Horse Shoe Traverse) via Vetle Klauva to Klauva and then up the ridge to Kirketaket.
This is a longer and heavier hike and does not require climbing gear if the mountain is dry. This route is exposed between Klauva and towards the summit of Kirketaket. The pitures below taken from the Vengedalen Valley, and most of the route is visible. Vetle Klaura and Klauva to the left and Kirketaket to the right. Kirketaket is very ‘rocky’ which results in quite a tough hike down. Guided Tours are recommended.
You can reach Isfjorden by car, 6 hours from Oslo or 4 hours from Trondheim. By train to the end-station Åndalsnes at one of Norways most spectacular railways, Raumabanen. You can see Isfjorden and Kirketaket from Åndalsnes Railway Station (Left Picture, Photo @jarek777).