Thousands of skiers and snowboarders have been playing and enjoying themselves in newly opened resorts this weekend. A new set of simple rules will make the experience even safer and more fun for everyone.
This weekend saw the opening of more than 15 Norwegian ski resorts, and social media are full of videos and images of fantastic weather and happy skiers and snowboarders enjoying the slopes.
It’s great fun. But every year, unfortunately, a tiny minority will get their day – sometimes their entire season – ruined by an accident.
Knee and head injuries are most common, and most accidents are caused by falling rather than collisions. Only two percent of the injuries are caused by people skiing into an object.
Now, the association organizing the Norwegian resorts have launched a new edition of the rules for skiers and snowboarders, in cooperation with the insurance company Gjensidige.
We recommend that you read these before you start your day in the snow.
Mr. Bjørnar Hovi, CEO of Beitostølen resort, says to the website NRK.no that security is the most important part of what they do.
“Our focus is to make the slopes as safe as possible. We do that by putting up signs, padding the posts and everything else we can do to increase the safety”, he says.
Here are some more images and videos from the weekend.
En video publisert av Stian Kleivdal (@stiankleivdal)
See the website and app Fnugg.no for weather reports and information on when more resorts are opening.
Skiing like a Norwegian can be deeply rooted in traditions and rituals. Or you can forget all about that, and just focus on the adrenalinesurging drops and big jumps.
The Oslo-based financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv just published their top 25 Norwegian ski resorts. Several of the large ones are opening this weekend.