Exploring Norway in Mountain Warehouse skiwear

Exploring Norway in Mountain Warehouse skiwear

Last week, I travelled to west of Norway. Mountain Warehouse invited me to try out some of their snowy weather clothes while I was there. If you’re interested to read more about my travels in Norway, the first post, about the village of Flåm, is here, and I’ll be posting more about the trip over the next fortnight. In the meantime, here are a few snapshots of me, sporting my outdoor gear.

Mountain Warehouse sent me a Braddock women’s ski jacket, and Morillion Women’s ski pants, both in navy. They were pretty versatile; the jacket kept me nice and dry in Bergen, Norway’s ‘rainiest city’, which is on the west coast of the country. It was pouring with rain when we arrived at Bergen, and the city was coated in a fine haze of drizzle on our last day there. The Braddock’s made of breathable IsoDry fabric, so the rain just bounced away.

Mountain Warehouse

If anything I found the jacket a little hot for the city (average February temperatures in Bergen are around 2 °C). But our next stop was Myrkdalen, a family-friendly ski resort two hours north-east of Bergen. Myrkdalen is one of the most snow-sure resorts in western Europe and was cold, especially on our first morning there, which was very misty. My base layers, fleece, jumper, jacket and ski pants saw off the chill though, and the jacket’s ski skirt stopped the snow from getting when I fell over *ahem* three times in my cross-country ski lesson.

Myrkdalen

After Myrkdalen, we drove down the through tunnels carved into the mountains, and the snow became less and less. That was only a temporary lull though. Soon we began to climb again, until we reached the draw-dropping Stegastein viewpoint, on the Aurlandsfjellet mountain road. You can read more about it in my blog post, but – at 650 m above sea level – it was darned chilly.

Stegastein

Now it was time to head back down the mountain, to Flåm, where we spent the night and woke up early for a board boat fjordsafari. The temperature on the boat, which was low and cut through the water at high speed, reached -10 °C. Although my Mountain Warehouse gear was tested to -30 °C, it wasn’t enough to do the trick on this occasion: everyone on board had to wear a thermal waterproof suit, on top of their jackets. Here’s me, about to set off wearing five layers of clothing:

Flåm

Nice.

My many layers kept me snug. I peeled some of them off for a trip on the scenic Flåm Railway, which took us 820 m above sea level  for lunch at the cosy Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell. We borrowed some of the hotel’s snowshoes, and went out for a walk in a light snowshower.

snowshoeing

Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell

On the balcony at Vatnahalsen Høyfjellshotell

My verdict on the Mountain Warehouse jacket and ski pants? They did the trick. The jacket even felt stylish enough to use while I was sightseeing in the city of Bergen, although if I’d have realised quite how warm it was, I’d have put fewer layers on for my city days.

Have you tried any skiwear this season? Which brands do you like?

I was sent Mountain Warehouse skiwear for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.

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15 Comments

  1. February 27, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Your photos are stunning and the gear looks great and cosy. I especially like the jacket your are wearing- and the pockets. Very handy!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Yes, I needed them for all my many bits & bobs!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      I know. It was beyond!

  2. February 27, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    I do like that jacket Nell. Like you say, it’s stylish enough to wear off piste too. Brr, I’m off to put on another layer now. All your snow pictures are making my chilly 🙂

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Oh dear! Hope you have a good snuggly jumper there. x

  3. February 27, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    Wonderful pictures! Nature is very beautiful, your trip successful. Clothes for the trip on the boat is very volumetric and funny looks 🙂 But probably very warm.

  4. February 27, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    It looks so gorgeous there – I was totally caught out in Iceland where I discovered I needed to wear all the thermals i’d packed at once to keep warm (and a thermal suit like yours on a bike ride). When I went to Lapland I was more prepared though the bargain pink puffa ski jacket was more visible than stylish!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Well you wouldn’t get lost on the piste with one of those!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      Thank you! x

  5. March 1, 2017 / 9:50 am

    I have to confess I’m not a skier, but I’m about to go to Iceland and this is just the sort of thing I’ve been looking for. I’m really worried about being cold, so this sounds like it will do a great job.

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      I was kept nice and worm, so I’d definitely recommend it.

  6. March 2, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    DH and I are currently training for some mountain climbs and wild camping so I’m currently on the lookout for hardwearing, robust clothing suitable to the occasion that actually works, so I was pleased to come across this post. Will go and take a look at the MW site now. Thanks, Nell!

    • Nell
      Author
      March 22, 2017 / 10:08 pm

      I think this would fit the bill quite nicely!

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