Skiing in Norway
The undiscovered gem thats great fun on and off the slopes
Norway offers consistently good snow from November through to May, wide open pistes, no lift queues, friendly English speaking locals and an excellent standard of accommodation. For beginners and children very few traditional Alpine resorts can come close to the facilities, services that Norway can offer. More importantly even at the height of the season there are no lift queues and the pistes are quiet.
Rising out of the swath of forest that stretches from Norway in the west right through Russia to salmost the Pacific in the East, Trysilfjell is the home to Norway’s largest ski area. The TrysilArea has 31 lifts, over 100kms of marked piste and a vertical drop of almost 3000 feet.
Norways largest ski area
El Tarter has grown over recent years to the point where it now seems no smaller than Soldeu; but it is quieter and there is no shortage of places to stay.
Perfect for a family skiing holiday
The main local slopes are on open mountainsides above the woods, though there are runs in the woods back to all of the resort lift bases.
More About Skiing in Norway
There are three general misconceptions about skiing in Norway:
1. It’s cold
Norway is no colder than the Alps, but Norway does not tend to experience the swing in temperatures that can effect the Alps. The temperature in Norway is consistent and this makes for great snow conditions. The chart below shows the average temperatures in both Geilo and Trysil over the last 10 years in degrees centigrade:
2. It’s dark
Yes right in the North of Norway there isn’t much daylight in December. But Trysil and Geilo are much further south and have similar daylight hours to northern Scotland. December is the shortest month with the sun rising between 8 and 9am and setting around 4pm; but in February the sun rises at 7am and sets at 6to 7pm and in April, the sun rises at 5am and sets at 8pm. In reality daylight in Norway is no different from the UK except from February onwards they get more daylight in Norway.
3. It's Expensive
Historically Norway has always been considered expensive. But skiing in Norway is now cheaper than the Alps; lift passes are much cheaper, eating on the mountain is again much cheaper, bar prices however are similar to the Alps, food in the supermarket are now the same as the UK and cheaper than most French Alpine resorts.
Transfers to Trysil from Oslo Gardemoen Airport are by regular shuttle bus or hire car. If you book flights with Ryan Air then they service two airports south of Oslo and transfer is by hire car.
Transfers to Geilo from Oslo Gardemoen are by regular shuttle bus or car hire. From Bergen the recommended transfer is by train – the journey is fabulous through the fjords. Train transfers are also available from Oslo and Sandefjord (Ryan Air call this Oslo Torp). Alternatively by hire car.
Driving in Norway
All hire cars come fully equipped for driving in winter conditions. The roads in Norway are very good. Everyone drives relatively slowly and this makes for a relaxed journey up to the resort.