out by the coast it can be very unstable winters, but everywhere else it's pretty awesome =). Winter of 1997 we had 2,46 meters (8 feet+) of snow at sea-level in the city I live in, Tromsoe, and even more in the mountains. At average it's about 1,5-2 meters (in the mountains) of snow where i ride. But it's quite rare to have real powder like you guys "over there" have tho.
As mentioned we ride straight from sea-level to as much as 1830 meters (6000feet). I know places you can go as far as 2900 feet in one pull straight from the parking lot at sea-level.
The bad thing is that it's only trails in Norway, and few of them, no dedicated areas to freeride, like they have in Sweden, and if you get caught outside the trails you're gonna have to dig deep in your pockets
There is freeriding, but it's not legal. The police uses helicopters and snowmobiles in some areas to capture freeriders without permit. A friend of mine got caught by helicopter about 6-7 years ago, he tried to outrun them, but ended up with a 1200 dollar ticket. Luckily the police has a budget to stay to, so they cant afford to use the helicopter to many weekends pr. season.
As for powder... there is powder, but not several feet like it seems you guys have like every day
Im in the US Air Force and im going to be stationed at ramstein air base for two years starting in december and i was wondering if theres any riding in europe and if there is where do i go and what its like ive ridden in the western us for years and i love the steep and deep snow we have but i would take anything i could get as far as riding in europe is concerned. Any help would definatly be appreciated.
I think that Norway is the best for sleeding, despite the fact that I like more Sweden and Denmark.
But it is better to go when there is no local vacations - better in February, will be cheaper and not so many people.
To explore Scandinavia for the first time I would recommend to take a 10-days tour to see all the best attractions - https://baltictours.com/tours/region/scandinavia/
There are plenty of companies in Sweden and Finland that cater to snowmobiling crowds.
No need to chase some baltic tourism company that has never operated in the region or know anything about snowmobiling.
Finland is quite good with powder snow being common inlands from Rovaniemi and in the eastern and northern areas. Usually lowlands riding as Finland does not have mountains.
Sweden is where the mountain riding is at, and plenty of Freeriding there as well as powder.