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Here’s how this tiny town grew into one of Norway's biggest skiing destinations

In 1966, Trysil opened their first ski lift. 50 years later, the town is gearing up to celebrate the start of their alpine adventure.


Trysilfjellet mountain counts amongst Norway’s prime winter destinations, sporting anything from 100 kilometres of cross-country skiing tracks to terrain parks, off-piste opportunities, dog sled racing, après-ski and, of course, beautiful nature.


However, this was not always the case. Once, Trysil was nothing but a tiny speck on the map next to the Swedish border, a town brimming with picturesque nature, but not much else.

The starting point for Trysil’s journey towards a vibrant skiing paradise came on the 26th of December back in 1966.

That was when Trysil’s first ski lift, Familietrekket (The Family Lift), opened in the slopes of Fageråsen.

From that point on, the white hills of Trysil were no longer a local secret.


50 years later, investment and entrepreneurship have resulted in Trysil becoming Norway’s largest skiing resort, with winter tourism as the town’s bread and butter.

This weekend, the anniversary celebrations were kicked off the same way it all started – with the opening of a brand new ski lift, the Skihytta Ekspress (the Ski Lodge Express).

The lift is 1,356 metres long, with a variation in altitude of 289 metres and a capacity of a whopping 2,800 passengers an hour.

“Chairs with tall backs, isolation from the wind and heated seats. This is the most modern lift on the market”, says managing director Jan Lindstad of Skistar Trysil to the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK.

Throughout 2017, Trysil will continue the anniversary celebrations with a range of events.

“We are going to begin by honouring everyone who started this adventure”, says Gudrun Sanaker Lohne, head of Trysil tourism, to the travel site Reiselivskunnskap.

“Once the decision was made to build ‘the flattest elevator in Norway’, there were a lot of skeptics out there. The ones who took the chance were both brave and forward thinking, and they laid an amazing foundation that took us to where we are today.”

Amongst the highlights are the birthday celebrations on the 26th of December, a new guided tour at the Trysil Ski Museum in January, and multiple anniversary dinners serving the best food from five decades in February.

For those visiting the mountain on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, there are also some events, like Christmas gifts for children and torchlight skiing ending in fireworks.


Photo: Ola Matsson/SkiStar Trysil

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