We zijn met DWVHardboard twee keer in Haugastol geweest. Één keer in 2011 en Één keer in 2013. Beide keren is het goed bevallen.
Snowkiten in Haugastol is super gaaf. Op de hoogvlakte zijn oneindig veel spots en nog veel meer vierkante kilometers om te ontdekken. Hierdoor is het echter niet voor iedereen weggelegd. Bedenk dat de spots niet zo overzichtelijk zijn als een vlak ijsselmeerwatertje en het leukste aan snowkiten de wereld ontdekken is. Het kan dus voorkomen dat je moederziel alleen je kite achter een heuveltje parkeert en jezelf dus moet zien te redden. Op het moment van schrijven zijn er nog geen regels voor, maar ga uit van 3 bolletjes op de site. Weet je niet zeker of je niveau hoog genoeg is, dan kun je altijd een kitepro vragen.
Haugastøl is recognized to be one of the best spots in the world for snowkiting. The Hardangervidda mountain plateau offers huge areas and stabile wind conditions throughout the entire winter. The season usually stretches from December til mid-May. Look at our spot-map to see where the most popular spots are. We have weather-stations and webcameras at Ørteren and Halne, and can at any time check out at the conditions on the plateau.
Many of the best kiters in the world stay at Haugastøl the entire winter due to the good conditions, and people from all over the world come to Haugastøl to test out the snow and the contions we hold.
In recent years, Haugastøl has been established as one of the best and most visited snowkite destinations in the world. The opportunity for the combination of wind, powder and great atmosphere with other kiters is hard to find anywhere else.
In this ride guide we will try to give you the complete rundown on how to get the most out of your stay in Haugastøl. General information regarding seasons, wind predictions and the key to finding the best wind Typically, the Snowkite season starts in Haugastøl in mid October and ends in May. In general Oct-Jan is regarded as the low season with less snow and generally more stormy weather than later in the season. Feb-May is high season, with hundreds of kiters coming to explore the biggest mountain plateau in Northern Europe.
Finding wind on the Hardangervidda plateau is just as much about skill as it is about luck. There are a lot of local weather phenomena in Haugastøl and the surrounding areas that will most likely give you great conditions. Some of these are mentioned in the specific kite spots where they occur, and the general ones will be listed here.
The most significant is that when the wind is coming from the east there will almost always be more wind the further west that you go. It is not uncommon that there is no wind at Ørteren, Halne and Skulevika. But when you get to Skiftesjøen the wind starts picking up. If there is 5 m/s (18km/h)at Skiftesjøen you will often experience 7-10 m/s (25-35km/h)at Dyranut which is only 2 km away.
When the wind is coming from the west you have a similar effect. (more wind on the east side of the plateau).
Winds from the north tend to be colder and stronger in the morning. So don’t sleep in when the forecast is northerly.
Winds from the south tend to give snowy weather, so bring good goggles (yellow lenses recommended) to make the most out of low light conditions.
Haugastøl’s strength as a kiting destination lies in the diversity of all the spots. Within an area of 30km you have 12-15 snowkite areas that are all world class. Driving in convoy and general rules for kiting along Highway 7 Highway 7 is the road that stretches from Haugastøl and over the biggest mountain plateau in Northern Europe, the Hardangervidda. The drive from Haugastøl, on the east side of the plateau to Maurseth on the west side is 42 km. 35 km of the 42 offer world class snowkiting.
With the huge snowpack that the Hardangervidda gets every year, it’s hard to avoid the road getting closed from time to time. When the road is closed it is usually too windy to snowkite anyway. Then you are better off trying out some of the spots closer to Haugastøl.
If the weather is not too bad but visibility is still an issue - you will have to drive in a convoy both onto and off the plateau. A convoy is led by a snowplow (no- 8 cars full of kiters does NOT count as a convoy :) When driving in a convoy the following rules apply:
Always ask the driver of the convoy which locations you can stop at. Normally the two spots that are accessible with a convoy are Ørteren and Lægreid.
When you have followed the convoy to the spot you can NOT move between the spots with your car. If you want to change spots or head back to the hotel for a cold one you need to wait for the next convoy and follow it.
If you don’t follow the rules you risk hurting yourself and others (the snowplow often runs down the centre of the road and it will always win in a head-on collision)
And not following the convoy risks getting all kiters banned from the convoy. In which case, the snowplow is the least of your worries.
Also be aware that the road can be open in the morning when you drive up onto the plateau, but it can become closed/convoy during the day. Always look for a note on your windshield saying if the road is closed. – If you don’t speak Norwegian, chances are it’s not a love note from that hot Norwegian girl you saw earlier – it’s a notice from the road crew.
If you have any questions regarding the road, don’t hesitate to call Haugastøl at 0047 32 08 75 64
Haugastøl and the snowkite spots are located along one of Norway's highest mountain crossings. The weather at this level can change quite quickly, and sometimes this can lead to temporarily closings of the road, or formation of colonnes. When this happens there are strickt rules to follow. If you are below the barrier, which is just across the road from Haugastøl, waiting to come up to the plateau, you will have to wait for the snow plough. It will be one plough in the front and one in the end of the line of cars going across. It is not possible to jump out of the line at any time, and therefore it is not normally allowed for snowkiters to join and to drop off at their preferred spot. If you already are up on the plateau, you will have to wait for the colonne to come pass and for you to join at the back of the line. The snow plough drivers are helpful and will normally stop and explain what is going on. It is also handy to have a mobile and the numbers for the road stations at either end of the plateau so that you can keep up to date on the road situation. PLEASE, do not be tempted to drive in the opposite direction of the colonne, or without permission if the road has been closed. Be ready and waiting for the snow ploughs to come pass with your cars pointing the right direction.