24 – 28 March 2024

Pure Academy One

Off-piste to ski touring progression

During four days in the mountains around Riksgränsen and Narvik you’ll improve your knowledge and skills required for ski touring. We’re building from the ground up, starting with off-pisting skills, ski touring technique and avalanche safety. We’ll be covering topics such as route finding, navigation, planning, equipment, kick turns and the avalanche qualification SVELAV Freeride 1. Upon course completion, the goal is that you should have the confidence and ability to ski tour in steep (but non-glaciated) terrain, without fear of falling.

Location: Abisko
Ski days: 4
Instructor: IFMGA mountain guide
Max participants: 8 per guide


  • Theory One
  • Min age, 18


  • Avalanche qualification SVELAV Freeride 1
  • Course pamphlet Avaluator 2.0
  • Ski touring skills
    • Kick turns
    • Ski technique
    • Route finding, up and down
    • Off-piste skiing
    • Tour planning
  • Navigation
  • Equipment knowledge

Partner on Pure Academy One

Mountain &

Excellent conditions for ski touring

Abisko, known as Ábeskovvu in the indigenous North Sami language, is a small hamlet in the north of Sweden, north of the arctic circle. It is situated adjacent to the lake Torneträsk and is known for its scenic views of Lapporten with the peaks Tjuonatjåkka and Nissuntjårro, 1,540 m asl and 1,721 m asl respectively. This location also offers opportunities for us to drive westwards in our minibuses to go ski touring on the Norwegian side in the spectacular Ofoten and Narvik alps. The Norwegian areas at our disposal are characterised by steep mountains rising directly from the fjords with high, jagged peaks reaching up to 1,900 m asl. A magic place!

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Christian Edelstam

Christian Edelstam is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide and Pure Ski Touring’s head guide. Christian lives in Abisko in the north of Sweden, and also teaches avalanche safety, a climbing instructor, member of the Abisko ski patrol, glaciologist and product tester for Tierra. After more than 10 years’ experience guiding at the Kebnekaise and Abisko mountain stations he now runs his own guiding company. Since a year back, Christian only guides in mountains reachable without flying.

He is driven by a genuine joy for adventure and discovery — everything from finding out what the snow’s like on the other side of the ridge, to opening new alpine climbing routes in high mountains. The best part of guiding is to get to share the joy with the guests! Christian has been working with Pure Ski Touring since 2010, and guided for us in Japan, Lyngen, Senja, Tarfala, Dolomites, Pyrenees, Iceland, Andermatt, Haute Route, Urner, Jotunheimen, Sunnmøre and on Svalbard.

Peter “CalleP” Engström

Peter “CalleP” Engström is a certified IFMGA mountain guide, and member of the Swedish mountain rescue team. CalleP lives in Kiruna, in the north of Sweden, and has ski toured in the Kebnekaise, Abisko and Narvik alpine ranges for more than 25 years – the last 15+ years as a certified mountain guide.

CalleP has worked with Pure Ski Touring since the beginning in 2009 and has guided for us in Lyngen, Tarfala and Abisko. Like many other guides, CalleP enjoys all the varied kinds of work that a professional mountain guide does, but ski touring is hard to beat, and is a firm winter favourite.

Mountain & guides


Accommodation & 


During the event, we’re based at Abisko Mountain Lodge. The lodge is on the edge of Abisko itself, with a scenic view of Lapporten. The lodge is a focal point for skiers near and far between February and May, and many tall stories have been shared in its lounge. It’s a perfect base for our Academy.


Travelling to Pure Academy One is easy and convenient. You have several options: rail, air or by bus. Regardless of your chosen mode of transport, you get to enjoy the same number of ski days. You can also sort your own travel arrangements, and just join up at Abisko Mountain Lodge. If you drive or travel by bus, the E10 passes Abisko – exit for Abisko Östra.

If you choose to travel by rail, your journey starts in the evening from Stockholm C (note that the train journey starts the evening before the start of the event). You’ll board the northbound sleeper and arrive at Abisko Östra (the name of the station) the following day. From Abisko Östra station it’s a five min walk to the lodge. The homeward leg follows the same route. The sleeper departs in the afternoon, and you’ll have a guided ski day on departure day. You’ll arrive at Stockholm C the following morning.

If you fly, you start at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. There are two departure options (see the itinerary below), and the duration of the flight to Kiruna Airport is about 2h30. From there we have arranged private bus transfers to Abisko Mountain Lodge. On the way back you take off Sunday evening from Kiruna, landing back at Arlanda late evening. We can also arrange flights from Gothenburg or Malmö, contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for further details.

Itinerary (rail):
VY sleeper, Mar 23rd, Stockholm C – Mar 24th, Abisko Östra  18:11-10:34
VY sleeper, Mar 28th, Abisko Östra – Mar 29th, Stockholm C 16:47-09:25
– bed in sleeping compartment compartment t & r included (only Pure participants in the compartment)

Itinerary (air):
SAS Mar 24th, Stockholm ARN – Kiruna 10:25-11:55
SAS Mar 28th, Kiruna – Stockholm ARN 20:30-22:10

Bus Transfer, Kiruna Airport:
Kiruna-Abisko Wed, Mar 24th (arrives Kiruna 11:05) 395 SEK
Abisko-Kiruna Sun, Mar 28th (departs Kiruna 18:30) 395 SEK
Return transfer = 700 SEK
Book your place on the form.

Approximate drive times:
From Umeå – approx 9h
From Luleå – approx 5h
From Kiruna – approx 1h
From Narvik – approx 1h

Bus services:
Länstrafiken i Norrbotten – www.ltnbd.se
Nordtrafikk, Norge – www.nordtrafikk.no


Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &


  • Capable of skiing off-piste
  • Good fitness
  • Age limit: 18

Mandatory equipment, Pure Academy One

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 25-40l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money 
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Pure Academy Specifics

  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)

Good to have

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in the hotel)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the hotel)
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.

If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment


Price &
  • Package, excluding travel

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room exkl. resa
    • 1100€
    • Part in double room
    • 1200€
    • Single room
    • 1400€
  • Package, including rail travel

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 1300€
    • Bed in sleeping car compartment included
    • Part in double room
    • 1400€
    • Bed in sleeping car compartment included
    • Single room
    • 1650€
    • + 200€ for own sleeping car compartment
  • Package, including air travel

    • Bed in multi-occupancy room
    • 1450€
    • Part in double room
    • 1550€
    • Single room
    • 1850€

Included in Pure Academy One:

  • 4 course days with IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche qualification SVELAV Freeride 1
  • Course pamphlet Avaluator 2.0
  • Ski touring skills
    • Kick turns
    • Ski technique
    • Route finding down
    • Off-piste skiing
    • Route finding up
    • Tour planning
  • Navigation
  • Equipment knowledge
  • Pure Academy Badge
  • Training sessions x3 with coach Erik Wickström
  • Theory One with IFMGA mountain guide
  • Accommodation, Abisko Mountain Lodge, 4 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 4 days
  • Bedding, towel, departure cleaning
  • Pure Ski Touring goodie bag
  • Lectures and equipment demo centre
  • Guest lecturers
  • BBQ with welcome drink (Sat eve)
  • Either:
  • Rail travel, Stockholm Central – Abisko Östra, return
  • Bed in sleeping car compartment included, return
  • Or:
  • Air travel, Stockholm Arlanda – Kiruna, return
  • Checked luggage, 23kg + hand luggage, 8kg
  • Sports equipment luggage, skis and boots, 23kg
  • Transfer, Kiruna Airport – Abisko Mountain Lodge, return (+495 SEK, separate booking)

Price & Itinerary
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