Day 7: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Today was sunny and cold but the best day yet for cross-country skiing. Alison is all smiles in today's pics because her clothing has kept her toasty and she's taking in all the stunning beauty that surrounds her. Tonight she is setting up her tent next to a lake and savoring the mild winds. Alison is getting beyond excited as she is sooooo close now. Tomorrow (Friday), she and Elise will trek a full day,...

Day 6: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Sun Shines for Alison! The sun finally shines, which was such a nice change. However, with the clear skies comes the cold. Today they skied 8 hours in 5-10-degree weather but made fantastic progress. They also found some back country downhill to do. Alison’s skis are wide enough where she can ski downhill with them as well. To fill the time, Alison and Elise talk about all sorts of topics. Elise is curious about life in America,...

Day 5: Crossing Norway for a Cure

FORECAST: Snow and wind with a 100% chance of an altered route. The snow and wind continue but it is now considered the norm for the trek. Today’s picture was taken during a very brief and welcome respite of clear weather. From the photo, you’d never know that Alison woke up in -5 F temps and that the zipper on one of Alison’s’ ski boots actually froze off. The storms and unpredictable weather continue to...

Day 4: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Huge Milestone: They made it to the halfway point, Roltdalen National Park! They made it to the halfway point (HOORAH) and will camp in Roltdalen tonight. Our first photo of Alison in action was shot by Elise on today’s journey. She is wearing her mother Ginny’s north pole jacket, which is providing great comfort in more ways than one! It gives you a window into the extremely difficult conditions. They woke up this morning to...

Day 3: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Sunday: Making camp required a two-hour battle with the wind. Alison and her tent won. Alison and her guide, Elise, were planning to be “Værfast” for 24 hours. The word Værfast in Norwegian means literally, weather stuck. After a good night’s sleep in the cabin, they awoke this morning to blizzard conditions but decided to forge ahead, refusing to be weather stuck! Alison is safe in the tent now but very tired from the day’s...

Day 2: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Alison and her guide, Elise, skied 6 hours today in blowing snow and high winds. The snow was deep so it was quite difficult to make tracks. Given that the weather is still not cooperating, Alison and Elise are hunkering down in a rustic cabin for 24 hours to let the storm pass. The Norwegian Trekking Association has over 500 cabins, all in remote parts of the county, which are used by adventurous skiers and...

Day 1: Crossing Norway for a Cure

Mother Nature: 1 Alison/PKU: 0 Alison and her guide left this morning and immediately hit 40 MPH winds, with gusts exceeding that, and blowing snow. Despite the wind and cold weather, they managed to ski 13 KM in 5 hours before stopping to create shelter to get out of the wind. They are hunkered down now and waiting for wind to die down before erecting the tent. Today’s ski was very hilly with variable terrain....

PART TWO- Feb 19

T-minus 1.5 days I never made it to Bergen! Mother nature had a different plan. In an effort to stay positive, I will not recount all that happened, but the bottom line is that a large avalanche took out the train tracks in front of us just east of Voss, and by a narrower margin than I care to dwell on. The avalanche also took out the power lines down the tracks in the only...

PART ONE- Feb 17

I am in Norway traveling on a train from Oslo to Bergen to meet my mom there. It is a gorgeous ride through the mountains, past glaciers and fjords. I highly recommend it! It is T-minus 4 days until I depart at the Sweden/Norway border with my guide Elise Koren from Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. It is strange. The time is very near yet I feel more calm that I did a week ago....