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Skiing is traditionally a deadly serious activity in Norway. The ideal is to go far and fast, before you can enjoy a rest and a good meal.
However, new generations have a more laidback approach to snow and skiing culture. The festival Scandinavian Ski Pride, held every year in Hemsedal, is a good example.
Et bilde publisert av John Aurtande (@jaurtande)
According to the festival, the goal is to activate the queer participants in skiing and outdoor activities. Winning the party is more important that riding fast in the slopes.
Et bilde publisert av trondhaug (@trondhaug)
The motto of the festival, «Climb Your Mountain», points out that participation, self-mastering and the joy of skiing should be more important than technique and fancy equipment, according to the festival's website.
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The ladies' theme this year was «Orange is the new Black» (after the Netflix tv series), while the men had a «white party».
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– The party we had Friday was the best in the festival’s history. We created a fest that will be remembered for years to come, said Inger Abrahamsen (47) to the Norwegian magazine Blikk.
Et bilde publisert av Svein Erik Vangen (@erikvangen)
Here are some more unusal ski and snow events held this winter in Norway. Some are open for all, while others are probably best to just watch for those lacking extreme skiing skills:
Oslo, February 24-28: One of the world’s largest freestyle events is coming to the capital. Snowboard, skateboard, concerts and action. Homepage.
Hurdal, February 13: Costumes, speed and fun in a family-friendly event where the goal is to get fast and safe down a slope using a traditional kicksled. Homepage.
Vardø, March 9: The only place in Norway where you can experience and participate in the Japanese snowball fight-competition Yukigassen. Homepage.
Haukeliseter, February 25-28: A real test of strength in the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. The participants ski with a sled weighing 45 kilos attatched to their backs, and the trip is 100 kilometres from Haukeliseter til Garen in Eidsfjord. Homepage.
Stryn, March 12: A new competition in the dicipline ski touring, meaning both uphill and downhill travel. The best skiers will probably use approximately four and a half hours. Homepage.
Varangerhalvøya, April 5: An annual long distance snow kite competition. It starts in Berlevåg, ends in Vardø and lasts for four days. Homepage.
Kautokeino, Easter: High temperatures in cold surroundings. The competition have two different diciplines: One using skis, and another where the participants lie on a sled beind the reindeer. Homepage.