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Northern Alpine Guides

Lofoten Ski Lodge drives av Northern Alpine Guides i samarbeid med Nyvågar Rorbuer.

Sammen med et team av profesjonelle guider, en flott stab, et fantastisk rorbuanlegg og et unikt lokalsamfunn tilbyr vi bærekraftige opplevelser i Lofotens frie natur.

Nyvågar har historie helt tilbake til 1000-tallet, da Vågar var den første byen i Nord-Norge. Her har det vært et yrende liv av fiskere og handelsmenn langt tilbake i tid. I de samme fjellene som fiskeren har brukt som landemerker siden tidenes morgen går vi i dag på ski og ser ut over Vestfjorden før vi legger myke svinger ned til fjæresteinene.

Lofoten er en vakker plass med mye å by på og vi ønsker at det skal fortsette slik for videre generasjoner. Vi samarbeider derfor kun med utvalgte profesjonelle aktører og jobber hardt hver dag for å tilby bærekraftige opplevelser til alle våre gjester. Ølen i badstuen og vaflene etter tur smaker ekstra godt når du har vært din egen skiheis hele dagen!

Kom til Lofoten Ski Lodge for en ski ferie utenom det vanlige. Kjør myk snø til fjæresteinene på dagen, se nordlyset på kvelden og møt skikjørere fra hele verden.

Vår jobb

Vår jobb er å sørge for at du og dine venner får en unik og positiv opplevelse i trygge rammer. Vi ønsker deltagende gjester som er en del av en gruppe der beslutninger og vurderinger er transparente. Ved god kommunikasjon fra planlegging til tur finner vi den riktige turen for deg. Northern Alpine Guides sine guider har lang erfaring og er sertifiserte gjennom IFMGA/NORTIND slik du er sikret en trygg og fin tur.

Små grupper

Små grupper har mange fordeler. Først og fremst er det tryggere, i tillegg er læringsmiljøet og kommunikasjonen mye bedre. Det er i vår og din interesse at vi holder gruppestørrelsene nede på et fornuftig nivå. Dette arbeidsmønsteret er alle profesjonelle guider forent om. Antall deltagere pr guide vil variere innenfor de forskjellige fjellsport disiplinene og turene.

Miljøetikk

Vår arbeidsplass er ganske så fantastisk. Blandt ville fjell og tørr snø jobber vi daglig. Slik ønsker vi at det skal fortsette å være slik at våre barn kan nyte de samme fjellene og den samme tørre snøen. Derfor jobber vi daglig med å tilby bærekraftige opplevelser som legger igjen minimalt med fysiske og kulturelle fotspor. Vi har nøye valgt ut våre samarbeidspartnere slik at vi alle deler et felles verdigrunnlag.

Kompetanse og sertifisering

Å drive føring i alpint høyfjellsterreng er en krevende oppgave. Northern Alpine Guides bruker derfor kun sertifiserte guider gjennom IFMGA (International Federation og Mountain Guides Association). Dette er den høyeste utdanningen i verden når det kommer til fjellsport. I Norge er det NORTIND (Norske Tindevegledere) som kvalifiserer IFMGA sertifiserte guider eller Tindevegledere som er den norske tittelen. Det er ingen annen organisasjon i Norge som utdanner guider til føring i alpint høyfjellsterreng.

Føring i fjellet handler ikke bare om å sørge for sikkerheten. Vi ønsker at alle våre gjester skal lære noe og være med på beslutningsprosessen. Northern Alpine Guides bruker derfor kun guider med denne sertifiseringen eller guider som er under kvalifisering hos NORTIND.

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Ansatte og guider

Northern Alpine Guides har to fans ansatte Tindevegledere som jobber året rundt med føring og booking av gjester. Over flere år har vi knyttet til oss et team av de dyktigste og triveligste guidene vi kjenner. De har jobbet med oss nå i mange år og kjenner områdene vi jobber i som sin egen bukselomme. Alle våre guider er med på å heve nivået innad i teamet og bidrar aktivt i våre daglige fører møter.

Seth har jobbet som fjellfører siden starten av 2000 tallet, er fult sertifisert og er eier av Northern Alpine Guides. Han er også en lidenskapelig Alpinist på fritiden. Han vokste opp ved foten av de Nordlige Kaskadefjellene i staten Washington på vestkysten i USA. Seth valgte guiding som sin profesjon i en alder av 21 samtidig som han var en aktiv klatrer i Alaska, Kaskadefjellene og British Colombia. Han har en solid bakgrunn i alle former for klatring og aktivitet i naturen. Han er en naturlig leder og lærer med svært gode formidlingsevner og har hatt en nomadisk livsstil som har ført han til noen av de største alpine lekegrindene i verden.

Seth har guidet mange tekniske bestigninger i Alpene, Alaska, Waddington fjellene, Bugaboos, Kanadiske Rockies, Kaskadefjellene, High Sierra, San Juan fjellene, Himalaya og i Norge. Tidlig i guidekarrieren tok han også en Bachelor i Naturressursforvaltning med fordypning på isbreer ved Western Washington University. Seth er IFMGA/NORTIND internasjonalt sertifisert guide som også har AMGA sin sertifiseringer. I tillegg til kvalifikasjonene som guide har han Wilderness First Responder medisinsk sertifisering, høy skredutdanning og er instruktør i Leave No Trace. Seth snakker i tillegg til Engelsk både Norsk og Nepalesisk.

«Seth er amerikaner, men etter 7 år på jobb som guide i Lofotfjellene begynner han å få nesten like bra peiling på terrenget, været og snøen som en fjerdegenerasjons lofotfisker har på fiskebankene, havstrømmene og bølgene.» Torkel Karoliussen

Maren har vært med å starte opp Northern Alpine Guides fra starten av og har funnet sitt paradis i den lille byen Kabelvåg i Lofoten. Her elsker hun den lett tilgjengelige naturen med masse muligheter for å klatre, surfe og gå toppturer.

Maren har vokst opp i Oslo med stor kjærlighet til aktiviteter i både hav og fjell. Denne forkjærligheten har resultert i etableringen av guideselskapet i Lofoten hvor havet møter fjellene.

Hennes lidenskap for opplevelser og aktiviteter har tatt henne verden rundt på eventyr. I mellom all reisingen har Maren tatt en utdanning hos KaosPilotene og har en Bachelor i innovasjon, kreativitet og forretningsutvikling fra Markedshøyskolen. Hennes erfaringer og kunnskap har gjort henne til en innovatør i reiselivet og en ekspert på opplevelsesdesign. Suksessen Lofoten Ski Lodge er også et resultat av Marens pågangsmot og evner til å jobbe på tvers av generasjoner og nasjoner. Når hun ikke har hendene fulle med prosjekter er hun å finne ute på tur eller sammen med datteren Nora og hunden Nanook. Maren guider utvalgte turer og aktiviteter.

Sjur er fast ansatt som guide i Northern Alpine Guides og er Tindevegleder/IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Sjur flyttet fra Oslo til Lofoten i 2010 og har ingen planer om å flytte på seg igjen. Med verdens vakreste lekeplass rett utenfor husdøren blir det mange fine turer med familie, venner og gjester.

Med over 20 års erfaring fra ski og klatring har Sjur oppsøkt fjellene på flere kontinenter, men det er tindene hjemme i Lofoten som er og blir favoritten. Den unike kombinasjonen av hav og fjell gjør hver tur til en spesiell opplevelse.

Siden Sjur bor her oppe kjenner han fjellene som sin egen bukselomme, noe han vet å utnytte når han er ute på tur sammen med gjester.

Sjur er med i Svolvær Alpine redningsgruppe og har 10 år bak seg i forsvaret hvilket gir han en høy kompetanse innenfor fagfelt som førstehjelp, overlevelse og redning.

  • Eddie Tuffin
    Eddie Tuffin Chef

Eddie joins our team from Bristol, England.
Eddie has traveled the world with his passion for skiing, surfing, the great outdoors and the gastronomy. He has gained 20 years’ experience as a qualified chef around the world. His mad skills in the kitchen and his passion for quality ingredients mixed with good taste and knowledge is something else. We truly admire Eddies skills, work ethics and fun energy. Our guests always comes for second servings!

Dylan joins our team from Bellingham, Washington. Dylan guides in Washington, Alaska, Nevada, the Alps, Norway and in the South American Andes. Dylan holds an AIARE Level 3 Avalanche certification, and he is a fully certified UIAGM/IFMGA Guide. Originally from Colorado, Dylan grew up with an obsession for rock and alpine climbing and skiing. His love for the mountains led not only to exploring, but also a Masters Degree in geology. Between guiding adventures, Dylan finds time for his own personal climbing and skiing expeditions to places like India, Afghanistan, Patagonia (establishing several first ascents), and Alaska (completing several first ski traverses). Dylan lives in Chamonix and is also an avid photographer. You can occasionally spot his images in the outdoor media and in catalogs.

Mark grew up in Washington State and started climbing and skiing in the North Cascades in his early twenties. He is fully certified by IFMGA and divides his full-time-guiding extensive alpine, ice, rock and ski trips in the Washington, Alaska, Colorado and runs annual programs in Western Canada, Western Europe, and Norway. Additionally, Mark has led successful expeditions of the high altitude alpine climbing in great ranges of the Himalaya, the Andes, Patagonia, the Wrangle St. Elias, the Alaska Range, Eastern Tibetan Platue , and Antarctica. Mark’s personal interests are exploratory alpinism and ski mountaineering descents in remote areas. His academic background is in geology and he is a Level I&II AIARE avalanche instructor. Presently an ambassador athlete for Outdoor Research, Petzl, and Julbo and was nominated for the Piolet d’ Or in 2013 for his exploration of the Lacuna Glacier and ascent on the Mastodon Face of Mount Laurens of Denali National Park. Mark loves coffee, taco trucks, and harvesting seafood with his family.

  • Tim Connelly
    Tim Connelly IFMGA Guide

Guiding since 1996 he has found himself helping people fulfill their dreams from Alaska to Patagonia, from the Himalaya to the Alps to Antarctica with many a stop in between he has been around the world block a few times. Tim is a fully licensed IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide and the 2006 recipient of the AMGA’s Outstanding Guide of the Year’ award. Tim is recognized throughout the guiding world for his expertise and passion for the peoples and experiences to be had in the mountains. Tim’s experience and expertise are brought to bear on our European Alps, Mont Blanc and Matterhorn expeditions. Tim speaks French,Spanish and English.

  • Sami Modenius
    Sami Modenius Ifmga Guide

Sami Modenius was born in Finland and started skiing age of 3 and made his first skiingtrip to the alps when he was 16. He’s been hooked ever since.
Over the years he’s lived long periods in the alps, and travelled all over the world, to climb and ski.
At some point he realised, that if he wishes to do his passion, it’s better to make a job of it. Being a IFMGA mountain guide (since2015) he is now able to share those experiences with people who also have love for the mountains. Based in CHamonix, North of Norway and sometimes in Finland.

  • Chris Wright
    Chris Wright IFMGA Guide

Chris is a licensed IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide and sponsored alpinist who splits his time between obsessions with climbing, skiing, and eating. His most recent fixations have been with climbing in the Himalaya and exploring Asia, which have led to the first ascents of hard new routes and a lasting love for Thai fried chicken. Chris grew up in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains before finding climbing in college, and has been hooked ever since. Chris has climbed, guided, and skied across the world from the Western US to Nepal, including Alaska, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Nepal, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, and Canada. His climbing achievements include everything from the crags of Central Oregon to Yosemite big walls and virgin summits, and his guiding career has taken him from Ouray to Denali, and up and down Mt. Hood too many times to count. Chris is a recipient of the Mugs Stump Award and American Alpine Club Lyman Spitzer Cutting Edge Award-funded expedition to attempt the six-thousand foot North Pillar of Nepal’s Teng Kangpoche (21,282′).

  • Erica Engle
    Erica Engle IFMGA Guide

Erica is a full time professional mountain guide and connoisseur of the adventure lifestyle. She is a passionate climber and skier with a diverse background in rock, ice, ski mountaineering and high altitude expeditions. Erica hails from Washington State, where she was raised with a backpack and orders to not come inside until dinner. With good humor, she took those orders seriously and earned a degree in Environmental Science, working in forest ecology and commercial fisheries before launching her guiding career 10 years ago. Over the years, Erica has skied, climbed and guided throughout the American West and Alaska, Nepal, Tanzania, Russia, the Italian Alps, and South America. Erica is one of only handful of American women fully licensed as an IFMGA Mountain Guide. She is also an instructor trainer team member with the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

  • Alan Oram
    Alan Oram IFMGA Guide

Alan has climbed and skied throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe including ascents of Denali, Moose’s Tooth and multiple trips to the Alaska Range, the Bugaboos and many trips to the interior of British Columbia on extended ski tours. Alpine rock climbing throughout North America, water ice in Colorado and Montana’s Hyalite Canyon and skiing and climbing in the Tetons, including ski descents of Grand Teton, are some of the many facets of mountain travel that are central to his life. Also has extensive training in technical rescue systems and a particular interest in Mountain Medicine. In addition to guiding he is also a board certified and practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and is the Medical Advisor for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

  • Kim Bodin
    Kim Bodin IFMGA Guide

Kim was born into a family with rich guiding history in the Chamonix Valley where he lives and guides today. He is a man of all trades and works with private clients, high angle crystal collection, gear development, construction, stunt man,… the list goes on. His relaxed and fun attitude make him a great guide in combination with an extensive skill set learnt thru growing up in the Chamonix valley. Kim guides in the Lofoten Islands and throughout the Alps.

  • Erin Smart
    Erin Smart IFMGA Aspirant

Erin Smart is a Seattle native who is now based in Chamonix, France.  She grew up skiing and climbing all over the Cascades of Washington State, and holds several first ski descents in her home mountain range. She has spent several winters ski mountaineering in La Grave and Chamonix, France.  Erin graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington University with a degree in Natural Resource Management.  She has been guiding since 2010, is an AMGA certified ski guide and assistant rock guide, and is pursing the full AMGA/IFMGA license. As well, she is a qualified AIARE avalanche course lead instructor. When not guiding, she writes for outdoor publications, rides her bicycle, attempts to surf, and works as an athlete for Mammut North America.

  • Kurt Hicks
    Kurt Hicks IFMGA Aspirant

<Kurt actively guides year round both domestically and internationally. Our go too man when one needs to tech out on the radios, Kurt has been an active member of the Cascade climbing community by writing guidebooks and creating initiatives to keep climbing safe in the Northwest with re-bolting many rock climbing venues. When Kurt’s not out guiding and teaching, he seeks out new, challenging routes in the Cascades and exploring the region’s phenomenal ski touring. Kurt has made many first ascents in the North Cascades and Alaska and is well respected in the circles of alpine and rock climbers. Kurt is presently a member of the American Mountain Guides Association Board of Directors.

  • Caroline George
    Caroline George IFMGA Guide

Caroline was born in the heart of the Swiss Alps to French-American parents who were total climbing/traveling/adventure junkies. They planted the seed. After competing in the ice climbing world cups while in law school and climbing big north faces in the Alps (Eiger, Matterhorn, Drus, etc.), she decided that becoming an IFMGA mountain guide would be a great way to give more meaning to her passion by sharing her love of the mountains with people and to feed her addiction of being in the mountains as much as possible. Caroline is also a professional alpinist and travels the world. Over the last couple of years, Norway has found a special place in her heart because of the unique ice climbing it offers and the magical feeling that comes from skiing from a summit to the ocean. Caroline lives in Chamonix, France and guides all fields of guiding as well as racing ski mountaineering competitions with clients. But working in Norway is by far and away her favorite place to work! On her time off, Caroline likes to spend time rediscovering the world through the eyes of her little girl Olivia.

  • Danny Uhlmann
    Danny Uhlmann IFMGA Guide

Danny is an IFMGA licensed Mountain Guide and really excited to guide, climb, and ski in some of the most amazing places around the world. His home base is Chamonix, France where he guides alpine climbing and skiing. Dannys previous guiding work has been focused in Antarctica, Yosemite Valley, Bolivia’s Cordillera Real, the Alaska Range (Denali), and all over the continental US. He guided extensively over the Antarctic continent. That work took him to the South Pole, many locations within the Trans Antarctic Mountains, and the remote Marie Byrd Land; often for months at a time. Danny is always smiling, playing the guitar and telling jokes.

  • Iraitz Ezkergain
    Iraitz Ezkergain IFMGA Aspirant

Iraitz Ezkergain grew up in San Sebastian, Basque Country (Spain). He is an aspirant UIAGM guide and a passionate climber and skier. He learned to climb in the Pyrennes mountain chain, where he works as guide when he is at home and Andorra, Baqueira, Formigal is his playgrounds. Since 2009 he has been a SKIBUM in La Grave, French alps, were he has opened some new ski lines. After 5 years of guiding in Norway, he knows the terrain Lofoten well, he has also been ski guiding in the Lyngen Alps, Senja and Tromso. In the summer time he works guiding alpine&rock climbing in Lofoten and the Stetind area. Iraitz has been on the summit of Norway’s beautiful national mountain Stetind more that 55 times!

  • Morgan Sahlén
    Morgan Sahlén IFMGA Guide

Morgan has always been a focused skier and did his first ski season in the Alps at the age of 18. Chamonix, France is were he has spent the past 6 years going on adventures in the mountains and getting a lot of experience both climbing and skiing. He has also done his fair share of adventures in the northern parts of Scandinavia and in March 2015 he was the youngest Swede to ever get the IFMGA status.

Chamonix and Northern Norway is probably where he spends most of his time these days chasing couloirs, peaks, trails, cracks and boulders. Morgan is a very energetic, strong, and positive team player who also finds time to read and play chess.

  • Carl Granlund
    Carl Granlund Rock Guide & Instructor

Carl grew up in Sweden and started climbing in 2003. In the lack of big mountains and skiing he soon started traveling to more alpine areas like Canada and the Alps. He fell in love with the mountains and after years of traveling and adventures he became a fully certified UIAA rock climbing instructor in 2012 and moved up to Lofoten to work with his passion full time.

  • Nanook
    Nanook Mascot

Nanook is a two year old Samoyed, a polar dog from the northern Siberia. She is amazing in every way and is our crew mascot. She patrols the Lofoten Ski Lodge area with her playful and free spirit. She is always up for a game of fetch or a run on the beach. Nanook means Polar Bear in Inuit and she for sure looks like one, but is way softer, cuter and friendlier.

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