When thinking of skiing in Europe, France or Switzerland are the places that first come to mind. Yet Norway is unique in that it combines the stunning fjord vistas with the perfect setting for a myriad of winter sports. Snowy thrills know no bounds here, with downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding or something more exotic like snow-kiting or even dog-sledding readily available. Groomed trains for any level of experience and more adventurous routes off the main tracks for “off-piste” skiing are on offer through the country.
For ski lovers and devotees of white powder slopes, Norway is a perfect venue, as the ski season is long, lasting nearly six months. The best snow-packed regions are actually in the southern part of the country and include great runs for beginners and veterans alike:
Roldal is one of the top free skiing and off-piste skiing region in Norway. With an altitude of more than 2,600 feet (800 meters), it is renamed for its steep runs and off-trail skiing areas. Veteran skiers will find the skiing to be without equal once they set out on their own routes off-the-beaten-path from the main slopes. T he mountain views here are stunning and give you the feeling that you're skiing amongst the clouds above the Earth. With 12 slopes and 6 ski lifts, Roldal provides winter alpine facilities for all levels, from first-time skiers to hardcore adventure seekers.
Norway's most amazing outdoor destination combines the beauty of the fjords with great skiing. The Jotunheimen National Park and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park set in the Sognefjord region, offer a choice of invigorating winter activities within the environs of splendid scenery. The two main resorts in the area, the Sogndal Skisenter and the Sogn Skisenter, provide magnificent landscapes, each with its own brand of slopes and amenities. There are slopes for the adults and special fun parks for the kids. Here, ice climbing up frozen waterfalls; back country skiing and summit trips among the glaciers are just some of the adventures to be had. In addition, this is the perfect region to explore ancient ice caves. This is a region to really get your heart pumping!
Located north of Oslo in eastern Norway, Trysil boasts one of the country's largest ski areas. This family-friendly resort with 66 slopes and 31 powered lifts offers facilities for every level of skiers. An excellent beginner's area enables beginners to easily master the slopes, both skiing and snowboarding. Veterans can sail effortlessly down the mountain slopes at altitudes of more than 3,500 feet, while hundreds of miles of cross-country ski trails take you through the mountain countryside with its pristine landscapes. After a fun-packed day of skiing, relax in the resorts' spas, saunas and swimming pools.
Take your pick from the four mountains that make up the stunning Oppdal region, located south of Trondheim. As one of Norway's largest ski resorts Oppdal offers a wide range of choices and a unique winter experience. This is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders looking for something different. Dazzling scenes of the Trollheimen mountain range create an Alpine feel to this unspoilt resort, and superb facilities and activities only serve to enhance the fabulous skiing, with huge stretches of untouched snow and off-piste skiing. This family-friendly resort with special children's runs and miles of cross-country trails winding their way through gentle slopes and valleys are perfect for leisurely days out on the snow. Oppdal boasts a season from early November until the beginning of May. With guaranteed snow conditions and wide open slopes it makes for an unforgettable winter sports holiday.
For the die-hard adventurer, a trip farther north to Tromso is the place for skiing. Although a colder region, it is well the worth the effort. Head up into the mountains for more downhill skiing, or stay in the valleys for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. This is also the region to see northern Norway with a team of sled dogs. The slopes are bright lit here as daylight is near non-existent in winter, so skiing is possible day and night. An extra bonus is the spectacle the sky provides in the form of the Northern Lights, and Tromso is one of the best places to see this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
Skiing in Norway does not disappoint. Beyond dramatic scenery and a unique setting, this country offers up a multitude of snow-packed adventures rarely found in other ski regions of the world. Whether you prefer heart-pounding excitation careening down a cliff side, or just a quiet run on a gentle trail, Norway has it all.