THE ALPS OF THE EAST FIORDS
Oddsskarð (Odd's Pass) - or "the Alps of the East Fiords" as it is often called is on the road the runs between Eskifjörður and Neskaupstaður and is one of the best ski areas in Iceland. The ski-lifts ot Oddsskarð carry skiers from an altitude of 513m to 840m, with the top station giving magnificent views over Reyðarfjörður. There is also a drag-lift for beginners, excellent terrain for snow-boarding, and a comfortable lodge which includes a cafeteria. The popular Easter Festival (Páskafjör) is the high point of the East Fiords skiing season with a programme of events that includes competitions for both skiers and snow-boarders, searches for easter eggs, entertainment by a Tyrolian orchestra, and a fireworks display.
The Oddsskarð skifield, on which the main slopes are all floodlit, is also used as a training and competition venue for winter sports clubs in the Fjarðabyggð district: Austri in Eskifjörður, Valur in Reyðarfjörður, and Þróttur in Neskaupstaður.
HOURS OF OPERATION
In normal conditions the opening hours of the ski field are:
Monday to Friday 14.00 to 20.00
Saturday and Sunday 10.00 to 16.00
Any changes in the above times due to bad weather or other circumstance will be published on the ski field's website www.oddsskard.is as well as through local information services. Daily information about whether or not the ski field is open, and at what times, can be obtained by telephoning 878-1474 or from www.oddsskard.is
Day passes can be obtained from the lodge at the ski field.
The main lift is 750m long with the Top Lift continuing above it for a further 550m. Together these two lifts give a vertical drop of 327m (513m to 840m). The lift on the beginners'slopes (which are called the "Sunshine Slopes" because they are the first on the ski field to catch the morning sun) is 250m long. When snow conditions are good it is also possible to ski all the way from the top to the sea-shore (at The Atlantic Ocean) in Eskifjörður - one of few places in Europe where this is possible.
RATES FOR SKI-LIFTS AND OTHER FACILITIES 2010
Monday to Friday
Children 6-15 years 500kr
Children under 6 years FREE
Saturday and Sunday
Children 6-15 years 700kr
Children under 6 years FREE
Ski, shoes and stick (under 120cm) 1.700kr for the day
Ski, shoes and stick (over 120cm) 3.000kr for the day
Snow-board and shoes 3.200kr for the day
Helmet 500kr (but when you return the helmet you will get your 500kr back)
INFORMATION AND MANAGEMENT
The manager of the ski field is Dagfinnur Ómarsson who can be contacted by telephone at the ski field on 899-7858 or at his home number 476-1465. When the ski field is open there are usually about five others assisting Dagfinnur with its operation. Outside of operating times the lodge at Oddsskarð ski field is available for hire. Anyone wishing to do this should contact Dagfinnur.