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About Us

The Team behind Tromsø Ski Guides

a group of people posing for a picture in the snow

Lena, Merrick & Edda runs the Tromsø Ski Guides!

We are a professional guide company women-owned and operated by Lena Dahl, Merrick Mordal and Edda Rainer. We are based in Tromsø, Norway with internationally certified, professionally educated, and over 35 years of combined experience. We offer ski guiding, avalanche courses and tailor-made adventures, events, and expeditions for private groups and corporations. Our team also includes a professional photographer, Martin Andersen. We pride ourselves in working with talented and certified guides and partners who are passionate about their job and safety in the mountains. Our Mission is to deliver professional mountain products to local and visiting guests, and to generate local work and strengthen the local networks. Let us help you find your favorite trip and join us for the adventure of your lifetime!

Meet the Team

Lena Dahl - Owner & Guide Coordinator

Lena is an internationally certified IFMGA/IVBV/UIAGM mountain guide via Nortind. She has guided in Norway and Europe since 2002, both during the summer and winter season, on snow, glaciers, ice and rock. She has 6 years of teaching experience from the outdoor education bachelor program offered by the College of Sogndal. She continued with her PhD on risk and safety in outdoor education in upper secondary schools. She lives in Tromsøya with her two children and is neighbors with Merrick and family.

Merrick Mordal - Owner & Guide Coordinator

Merrick is a multi talented athlete who guides on randonee, telemark and split-board. She has been guiding for over 20 years. She finished her ski guide education via Nortind (skivegleder). Growing up in Alaska, she became the youngest to summit Denali (N. America’s highest mtn) at 12 yo, and began assistant guiding at 14 yo. Merrick moved to Norway in 2009 and has been ski guiding since 2011 in Norway. Additionally, she has guided summer and winter for Exum Mountain Guides in Wyoming. She has two children and loves keeping their lifestyle outdoors playful and safe. She is sponsored by Norrøna, SGN skis, Vertical Playground (G3), and Petzl.

Edda Rainer - Owner & Avalanche Course Coordinator

Edda is a NF-certified avalanche instructor (level 1). She grew up in Austria with skis on her feet, moved to Norway in 2014 and is now based in beautiful Ersfjorden (Kvaløya). She is an active member of the avalanche instructor group of DNT Fjellsport Troms. Edda provides course participants the necessary skills to play safely in the mountains during winter time. Edda teaches courses in both English and Norwegian.

Photo Credits: Kristin Folsland Olsen, Martin Andersen, Nikolai Schirmer, and private TSG stock