TheNorthwest is a nickname for the low-pressure weather fronts that carry huge amounts of moisture from the Atlantic to the mountains in Møre og Romsdal and dump shocking amounts of snow in winter. The snow lies between the mountain peaks and fjords, giving panoramic views and downhill descents that you can only dream of. Well, unless you travel there to see for yourself.
Hundreds of mountain peaks and valleys in all directions are what make Møre og Romsdal Norway's number one mountain-skiing area, and it’s just a short distance from the coastal towns of Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund. This fjord and mountains offer an endless number of very diverse skiing opportunities.
For most people, the surest way to the best snow is with a guide. The northwest also means plenty of weather, which affects different parts of this compact mountain region in different ways. There might be deep fresh snow in one valley when at the same time it's completely blown away in another. When the depth of the snow goes from zero to two meters in just two or three days, on mountains that rise up to 2000 meters above sea level, the excitement for snow needs to be tempered with a great deal of humility and respect.
The Atlantic town with four lands
You may have heard of its excellent salted cod and opera, but the town of Kristiansund, situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, has far more to offer than salty fish and classical vocals.