Rescue crews returned to the Sunndalsfjella mountains in the More og Romsdal region on Tuesday morning to search for four skiers who failed to return from a trip on Monday. Poor weather hampered the search on Monday night and Tuesday morning in steep and rugged terrain, where there is no mobile phone coverage and the avalanche danger is high.
Five alpine rescue team members headed into the mountains on foot on Tuesday morning after strong winds and poor visibility grounded a Sea King helicopter after just 25 minutes. The wind was forecast to drop throughout Tuesday, and police hoped the helicopter would be able to rejoin the search.
The six experienced skiers in their late 20s to early 30s set out on the trip on Monday, reported newspaper Aftenposten. They split up and were due to meet at a farmhouse at three o’clock that afternoon. When the group of four still hadn’t turned up three hours later, the other two men raised the alarm.
Sigvart Sivertsen from the Nordmøre og Romsdal police district said the bad weather meant rescuers had not been able to reach the search area at the top of Frusalhalsen. “It is in this area we will focus the resources today,” he said. “The crews will go up towards Litjskjorta mountain next to Skjorta mountain. It is steep in all directions in Sunndalsfjella, and mobile coverage is bad in the valley and even worse up in the mountains.”