Often referred to as the home, or birthplace of skiing, Norway's deep-rooted heritage with the winter sport and pastime dates back thousands of years.
Considered a skiing paradise by many and a haven from busy resorts elsewhere in Europe, Norway is renowned for its great snow conditions, long ski season (which often spans from November until May), uncrowded, well-groomed pistes, and world class ski instructors.
We champion the resorts we work with in Norway for their excellent winter activities and experiences (both on and off the slopes) - and for their fun, friendly, relaxed atmospheres. If you're looking for the quintessential family ski trip, you'll find it in this incredible ski destination!
Ski Resorts in Norway
Trysil Ski Resort, Norway
Norway's Ski Heritage
- The word 'ski' is derived from the old Norse word 'skíð' meaning 'split wood' or 'wooden board'.
- Archaeological finds indicate that people in the Nordic countries have used skis for more than 5,000 years, which shows that the old saying ‘Norwegians are born with skis on their feet’ isn't that far from the truth!
- Norwegian, Sondre Norheim, is considered the 'father of skiing'. He made important innovations in ski technology by re-designing and improving bindings and skis. In 1868 he won the first national skiing competition in Oslo, beating his younger competitors by a large margin. His reputation grew, and eventually made Norwegian words like ski and slalåm (slalom) known worldwide.
- Sondre Norheim is also credited as the creator of the 'Telemark turn'.
- Telemark skiing is a Norwegian skiing technique that combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. It is named Telemark after the region of Norway where the discipline originated from.
- In the Winter Olympics, Norway has won 368 total medals, including 132 gold medals – that’s considerably more than any other nation in Winter Olympic history! More than half of these medals came from cross-country skiing and speed skating.
- A large part of Norwegian culture centres itself around being outdoors, embracing nature, and 'getting away from it all' - they even have a word for it; 'friluftsliv'.
- Friluftsliv activities can include anything from skiing, hiking and kayaking to more peaceful pursuits like berry picking or walking the dog.
- The concept is also tightly connected to 'kos' (cosiness) - the unique Norwegian word for having a good time.
- Norway has some of the best native produce in the world. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are incredibly abundant across the country and its selection of wild game and seafood are second to none.
- Game meats like moose, elk, deer and boar are special in Norway as many hunting traditions date back to their pre-Viking past. Out of season, you can find these meats cured in specialty shops or served with bold sauces on special occasions.
- Catching and preparing top-quality fish has always been a big part of Norwegian culture and cuisine. In the past, dried cod was their biggest export – now it’s mainly fresh salmon, king crab and cod. This comes as no surprise as Norway has the second longest coastline in the world with a total length of 100,915 km!
- One of Norway’s most iconic inventions is the ‘ostehøvel’ - meaning cheese slicer. It was invented by furniture maker Thor Bjørklundin the 1920s.
- The most famous cheese in Norway has traditionally been the ‘brunost’, or ‘the brown cheese’ - caramelised whey cheese, quite similar to fudge, made with either cow or goat´s milk.
- Dinner in Norwegian is called ‘middag’, which actually means ‘midday’.
- During your Easter ski trip, you may notice everyone eating ‘Kvikk Lunsj’ chocolate bars. This particular chocolate bar (similar to our Kit Kat) has been advertised as a sweet solution to providing extra energy in packed lunches whilst out skiing in the mountains.
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Discover skiing in Norway. Norway's long winter season, excellent guaranteed snow conditions, fantastic ski-in/ski-out accommodation and amazing ski schools make it the perfect ski destination for your next ski holiday. Expert advice and unrivalled service. ATOL protected. ABTA & AITO assured. Travel Guarantee. MORE