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Skiing like a Norwegian can be deeply rooted in traditions and rituals. Or you can forget all about that and just focus on the adrenaline surging drops and big jumps.
Coming to Norway, you will probably be told the history of legendary Norwegian Sondre Norheim, the inventor of the world’s first relatively stable ski binding and often credited as the pioneer of modern skiing.
However, the world of skiing has moved on since the mid 19th century (thank goodness!), and skiing in Norway today could just as well be about snowboarding or twin tip terrain park action – or even snowkiting.
If you want a genuine and traditional Norwegian skiing experience, however, you should perhaps not focus as much on technique, or even on where and when to go, so much as on the relevant traditions. Winter activities are deeply ingrained in Norwegian culture, which explains why there are as many rituals (and opinions) as there are groomed pistes.
Try a cross-country skiing trip in the forest with your backpack filled with fresh oranges and thermoses full of hot chocolate or blackcurrant toddy, a Norwegian “matpakke” (packed lunch), and foam pads for your sitting comfort.
And before you get into your gear and strap on the skis, talk to a local to get the details right – like what brand of chocolate to bring. Then you’ll blend in with the Norwegians in no time.
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Norway is an incredible place to explore, with untamed mythical landscapes, mountains, valleys, and fjords. Before you enter the outdoors, get familiar with the nine simple rules of the Norwegian mountain code to help you stay safe.
Norway is a country of outstanding natural beauty, with dramatic waterfalls, crystal clear fjords, majestic mountains, and spectacular glaciers. Preserving this landscape, its communities, and the way of life is essential for locals and visitors alike.
Norwegian philosophy is very much that conservation is everyone’s responsibility. Enjoying nature and the outdoors is considered a national pastime, and this is reflected in our attitude towards the preservation and use of the wilderness.
Whether it’s skiing in the mountains or on the trail, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of where you are.
Quality of life is what it is all about, not only now, but for the time to come as well. It’s about recognizing that everybody else are just as important as ourselves, and taking steps to implement that thought in all aspects of life. It’s neither easy nor quickly done. But it is definitely worth it.
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