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Fresh powder and slick slopes

Stunning leaps leading to deserted expanses of powder snow, or large ski resorts with all modern conveniences. Either way, it all goes downhill from here.

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Kids enjoy ski school in Trysil
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Kids skiing in Hafjell Alpinsenter
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Skiers in the chairlift in Geilo
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Oslo winter park, Tryvann
Skiing at Oslo Winter Park, Tryvann
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Alpine destinations

Downhill skiing journalist and alpine authority Thomas Kleiven recommends these slopes:

Snowboard parks

Rising snowboard star Ståle Sandbech recommends these parks:

Get your snow fix during summer

If you thought that springtime signals the end of the skiing season, remember that there are high-altitude resorts in Norway where you can have fun on snow all summer long.

However, getting an early start is essential. The glaciers can be icy at first, but will soften with the first rays of sun to provide hours of good skiing. By about midday, the slopes might turn to slush – a perfect time for a cold beer, a swim and some sunbathing.

When these summer ski centres open and close depends on the snow and weather conditions, so check the snow report before you go.

Learn how to ski and snowboard

Skiing and snowboarding can be fun, but also a bit frustrating if you don’t quite master the art forms. Luckily, there are a bunch of ski schools in Norway, for complete novices as well as for the more advanced skier.

Here are some of them:

Back to the roots: Telemark skiing

You can easily spot them as they dance their way down the slopes. Telemark skiing is practised by a small group of dedicated enthusiasts all over the world – committed to the ultimate combination of elegance and raging speed.

Telemark skiing differs from regular alpine skiing in style and equipment and has been described as the most rhythmic and flowing way to descend a mountain.

With the commercialization of recreational skiing and the growth of ski resorts, the Telemark skiing technique failed to catch on. By the 1950s, the Telemark turn was close to becoming a forgotten treasure. However, the 1980s saw a revival of the style, and today Telemark skiing is popular in the many ski resorts in Norway.

Photo: visitrauland.no

Photo: visitrauland.no

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Safety in the mountains

Return to hike another day

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.

  1. Plan your trip and inform others about the route you have selected.
  2. Adapt the planned routes according to ability and conditions.
  3. Pay attention to the weather and the avalanche warnings.
  4. Be prepared for bad weather and frost, even on short trips.
  5. Bring the necessary equipment so you can help yourself and others.
  6. Choose safe routes. Recognize avalanche terrain and unsafe ice.
  7. Use a map and a compass. Always know where you are.
  8. Don’t be ashamed to turn around.
  9. Conserve your energy and seek shelter if necessary.

Read the mountain code with supplementary comments.

Leaving it as you found it

Take only pictures, keep only memories

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 hiking in the mountains or biking on an idyllic forest road, Norwegians try to leave as small a footprint as possible. Leave it as you would like to find it is the mantra, regardless of whether you are a guest in nature or in a small fishing village.

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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