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Major newspaper ranking names Norway’s best ski resorts

The Oslo-based financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv just published their top 25 Norwegian ski resorts. Several of the large ones are opening this weekend.

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It’s virtually a yearly tradition: When the cold weather makes our cheeks rosy and we start longing for fresh snow in the ski slopes, one of the newspapers decides to rank the best of our several hundred ski resorts.

Yesterday, Dagens Næringsliv published their list, and the newspaper awarded Hemsedal the top prize.

The resort – located in a valley in the mountains between Oslo and Bergen – tops the list for the second consecutive year.

Camilla Sylling Clausen is the head of the interest group organizing the Norwegian ski resorts. She congratulates Hemsedal and the other 24 resorts on the list, and gives them credit for continually developing and improving their product.

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Camilla Sylling Clausen.
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Camilla Sylling Clausen.
Photo: Ola Mattson /SkiStar Trysil

Still, she says that these kinds of rankings doesn’t show the diversity of the many different resorts in Norway.

“There is a great variety of facilities in Norway, from major resorts to tiny ski areas. And they all depend on each other, because people learn how to ski or snowboard in their communities before they can travel to a resort”.

“There are different options depending on your age and skill. And on top of that, accessibility and other facilities such as food and culture are important as well, not least to foreign skiers who visit these places”, Sylling Clausen says.

Hemsedal tops the ranking because of their general professionalism. They have 20 lifts and 49 slopes. Trysil (with 67 slopes) takes the second place, while Hafjell – home to the only gondola lift in the southern part of Norway – ranks as number three.

Geilo and Kvitfjell complete the ranking’s top five.

Most of the major resorts are due to open this weekend, and if that doesn’t make you excited, you should see this inspiring and beautiful video that Powder Magazine made from a trip to Narvik in Northern Norway in April.Granted, these guys seem to prefer off-piste, but it’s still an excellent advertisement for Narvik as a destination for the adventurous skier.

 

Camilla Sylling Clausen points out that most skiers that travel to Norway still choose lifts and slopes instead of summits and powder, even though the latter gets a lot of media attention.

“Beautiful social media images of people doing off-piste is really great marketing, and in Norway the right of public access to the wilderness has a strong standing. The important thing to us is to inform about security, and that you leave marked and prepared pistes at your own responsibility and risk. You should know what you are doing, and be really well-prepared”, says Sylling Clausen.

Her interest group is responsible for the website Fnugg.no, a site that offers information, maps and weather reports for 125 resorts in Norway.

Here are the resorts that have already set a date for when they’re opening this winter:

  • Sjusjøen partly opened October 1.
  • Geilo opened one slope October 1, and hope to open more as soon as possible in November.
  • Beitostølen opened their kids area November 5.
  • Kvitfjell opens November 10.
  • Kongsberg opens November 11.
  • Hemsedal and Trysil opens November 11.
  • Hafjell opens November 12.
  • Skeikampen opens November 12.
  • Nesbyen opens November 12.
  • Vrådal opens November 12.
  • Norefjell opens November 12.
  • Gaustablikk opens November 12.
  • Ål opens November 12.
  • Gålå opens November 12.
  • Dombås opens November 13.
  • Myrkdalen opens November 19.
  • Vaset opens November 19.
  • Rauland opens November 19.
  • Tyin Filefjell opens November 26.
  • Voss opens December 2.
  • Hovden opens December 10.
  • Sogndal Hodlekve opens December 2.
  • Eikedalen opens December 12. Bjørnestad opens December 26, or sooner if possible.

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