Norway is the birthplace of skiing. What do we know about her?
Norway is the birthplace of skiing. Residents of this northern country have been skiing for more than four thousand years. It was here that the first modern skis were invented. And even the English word ski came from the Old Norwegian skid, meaning "split tree".
It is not surprising that in Norway there are more than 200 ski resorts, and of a very high level. Most of them are Scandinavian-style family oriented vacationers, hence the low prices compared to European resorts.
With friends in Hemsedal looking for extreme sportsHemsedal is called the “Northern Chamonix” and the “Norwegian Alps”. Perhaps because the landscape around three local peaks - Totten, Tinden and Rogin - really strongly resembles an alpine. And perhaps because of the vibrant nightlife, not typical of a restrained Scandinavian character. One way or another, the “alpine” Hemsedal is very popular among skiers and snowboarders around the world. Hemsedal is divided into two centers located at a distance of several kilometers from each other. On the one hand - virgin snow, on the other - funny discos. It is in Hemsedal that the highest speed descent in all of Scandinavia (elevation difference - 810 m) and four dozen tracks of different lengths and complexity are located, among which there are almost fantastic black and green ones laid from the very top of the mountain. While you climb to the top in a four-seater chair, you have time to enjoy the fabulous, constantly changing rocky landscapes. Then you go down for a long time, gliding along the wide slopes. You can learn telemark skiing at Hemsedal Ski School. Telemarks are ridiculously wide skis, the heel on them is not fixed, and you need to go down the mountain, squatting on one leg, as if in a dance. It turns out very elegantly. In addition, in Hemsedal you can take part in a snowmobile safari, take the risk of driving a dog team or slide down the mountain in a sleigh. Those who lack adrenaline climb ascending frozen waterfalls or fly from the top of the mountain in a two-seater paraglider. In the evening, everyone goes to have fun - to discos, to an entertainment center with a bowling alley, to a nightclub or to one of the restaurants serving national Norwegian dishes and exotic delicacies. Children enjoy spending time in the Troll children's park.
With children in Geilo, where everything is at homeGeilo is an old (over 100 years old!) And cozy mountain town with a special atmosphere. It is located between the two main cities of Norway - Oslo and Bergen, a stone's throw from here to the famous fjords of Western Norway, so Geilo is both mountains and fjords. The landscapes are fascinating: dense forests, open mountain plateaus, ice-covered fjords and bright winter sun. Snow lies here almost all year round. A bus runs around the resort, linking the lifts and cottages. In general, living in cottages (or apartments) is very Norwegian. Usually there is a fireplace, a private sauna and several bedrooms. Every day, someone invisible carefully lays a whole bundle of firewood on the porch, and tea, coffee, sugar, a tablecloth and candles in kitchen cabinets. At the same time, the Norwegian cottage is very different from the alpine chalet. The chalet is an old farmhouse, and the Norwegian cottage is made in the IKEA style - glorious, but quite predictable. Geilo is distinguished from other ski resorts by its unusually quiet, almost homely atmosphere. The slopes here are wide and rolled, the chairs creep up almost empty, and a dog named Balu lives at the rental point. In Geilo there are soft slopes, as if laced, covered with northern low birches, for beginners, and there are steep slopes with extreme slopes for experienced skiers. But all the tracks are equally safe and well maintained. Norwegians themselves buy houses here and come for the weekend - by car or by train. That’s why Geilo sometimes seems not a resort at all, but a cozy holiday village. But, despite this, there is everything you need to relax: shops, a cinema, restaurants and bars. There are also many lovely cafes where skiers like to relax after skiing. A cafe in Norwegian is a wooden house somewhere at an altitude of 1078 meters. Outside, the house is open to all winds, but inside it is quiet and warm. There are long wooden tables, benches, a coffee machine, a kettle with boiling water. You can order potatoes, a giant hamburger or thick pancakes with jam. Actually, this set is a typical Norwegian lunch. Regardless of the level of the resort and the size of the restaurant, they carry a hamburger with potatoes. However, a salad as a snack and waffles as a dessert are also possible. While you are resting and enjoying lunch, the cafe door opens and lets in first a gust of solar wind, and then the ruffled preschoolers with an instructor at the head. Children screech on the benches, throw off their bright helmets and drink traditional berry fruit ...
HemsedalSeason: Mid November - Early MayWhere to stay:Skogstad hotel 4 * Located in the center of Hemsedal. There is a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a steam bath - for relaxing after skiing. Skarsnuten 4 * + Unique alpine hotel, located on the top of a cliff (1,000 meters above sea level), with a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains. Huge panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the surrounding landscapes while sitting at the restaurant table. Where to ride: The highest point of the resort - 1,500 m. There are 22 lifts, 48 tracks. Trails: green - 19, blue - 11, red - 10, black - 8. Maximum height difference: 810 m
GeiloSeason: Mid November - Early MayWhere to stay:Bardola 4 * + Hotel with classic traditions, located near the city and near the slopes. Indoor and outdoor pools, SPA, skating rink, own patisserie and wine cellar. Geilo apartment hotel 3 * + The hotel is located in the resort center at a pedestrian distance from shops and restaurants, close to ski slopes and cross-country trails. Where to go: Total 40 tracks of various degrees difficulty, the longest - 2,000 m. Plus, the only superpipe in Norway with a height of 5.7 m and a length of 150 m. Trails: green - 10, blue - 8, red - 16, black - 6. Maximum height difference : 275 m
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