Location: N62:51.890, E007:30.696 (GPS on the summit)
Location: North of Molde, Norway.
Difficulty: YDS class 2.
Climbed February 18, 2007
How to get there:
Drive north on E-39 from Molde, then take the left branching
Hwy. signed for Kristiansund. As you descend a hill, overlooking the valley from
where the route starts, look for a sign saying Ånstad. Make a left here (or at the
next intersection further down the road), cross the river in the valley and continue a short
stretch to the farm where the forest road comes down. There is a small parking opportunity
on the left side of the road, be careful not to block farm traffic. This is the trailhead,
location N62:51.609, E007:35.010, elevation 94 meter.
From the small parking, cross the road and enter the farm right across. Make a right
along (in front of) a farm building and locate the forest road behind the far end. Follow
the forest road uphill until it makes a distinct right curve and you see the entrance to the
basin straight ahead.
Ski into the basin and aim for the left side of the knoll that is ahead. This area forms
a pretty large and very nice bowl where good skiing can be found almost everywhere. Cross the small
creek and head up the slopes above you on the left. Aim for the horizon ridge a bit left of the small,
but distinct rocky summit that sort of completes the ridge up on your left side. From this ridge, descend
gently to the saddle that separates you from Gongrøra. Ski up the very gentle slope to the
Gongrøra summit. This is an independent summit and your
free bonus top on this trip.
Continue your descent from Gongrøra to the saddle that separates you from Snøtind. It is best
to stay a bit left, then first traverse down to the shoulder below. Ski left of this shoulder knoll, then
traverse back into the saddle. This descent is also very nice and gentle.
What remains, is a moderately steep slope leading up to the Snøtind summit. This slope can be skied, but
if the lower part is full of rocks, one may also consider doing this final hill on foot. Head towards your
right and locate the natural ridgeline that takes you directly to the summit. At the higher part, the cliffs
on the side may be corniced, stay away from any drops and proceed up the middle. The slope is a bit more than
30 degrees along the steeper part. Shortly, you arrive at the large summit cairn with a mailbox holding
a summit register. Comments:
I did this climb with my friend Arnt. We had stayed at Comfort hotel in Molde after
climbing Talstadhesten the day before.
The weather was better than the day before, actually somewhat better than the forecast.
We had patches of blue sky and some (fairly short) periods of sunshine.
We started out
at 1000, made Gongrøra at 1215, then the summit
at 1315. The initial slope of Snøtind looked pretty rocky so we left our skis in the
saddle between Gongrøra and Snøtind and proceeded on foot.
The summit register revealed that a previous visit had taken place only 8 days
earlier. We spent about 15 minutes before heading back down. The skiing back down was quite nice
and we reached the car at 1445.
The Ånstad farms. The trailhead and the forest road
that heads up to the basin above can be seen. The route continues up near the rocky third
hump that can be seen on the ridgeline.