This image is making the hearts of Norway’s alpine skiers and snowboarders beat just a little bit faster.
“It’s the same excitement every fall. People seem to be really longing for winter”, says Ola Matsson from Skistar Trysil to the web page Friflyt.no.
Trysil is Norway’s largest ski destination and has everything from large children’s areas to varied skiing on long, wide slopes.
Matsson is the photographer behind the above image, clearly showing that the snowline is crawling downwards in Trysil. It will, however, probably be a few weeks still before the slopes are open and full of life.
None of Norway’s dozens of resorts are offering fresh snow yet, and Turid Backe-Viken, sales and marketing director of Skistar Trysil, can’t give any promises as to when they’ll open.
“We are well-prepared and ready to receive this year’s guests. Our more than 400 snow cannons are just waiting for the temperatures to drop. I won’t dare to guess when we’ll open the first slope, but I promise that we’ll start the lifts as soon as we have enough snow”, she says.
Last year, all the big and most of the small Norwegian resorts had opened in late November.
Before this season, several resorts have made significant investments. Trysil and Norefjell, to name two, have invested more than 144 million NOK (17,1 million Euros) between them, according to the newspaper Finansavisen.
Trysil’s most important upgrade is a new lift with warm seats and wind bubbles.
“The chair lift is called Skihytta express and is a lift we’ve been wanting for many years. The Skihytta ski area is beautifully situated above the tree line with reliably sunny weather. On good days, these are the most popular slopes we’ve got”, says Backe-Viken.
Even though the season may still be a few weeks off, a couple of ski resorts did jump the start.
Both Geilo and Sjusjøen actually opened a single slope, thanks to natural snow saved from last year, supplemented by snow guns.
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