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Finally winter in Norway

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With colder weather and precipitation we finally have some snow up here.

 

Strandafjellet, Sognefjell, Stryn and Røldal got between 50 - 90 cm this weekend.

 

Even if Røldal resort wasn't open this weekend, many people skinned up and skied in what they say was sweet, sweet powder.

 

The weather-forecast looks promising for most of Norway and many resorts will open next weekend.

 

Oslo Winterpark started making snow Sunday - with some luck I'll be making turns there Thursday, can't wait.

 

 

post #2 of 11

It's about time. Now, can you send some of the good stuff down to the Alps? They need some help as well.

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CV, I just did biggrin.gif, if I hadn't been very busy the last days I'd have done it sooner. Snowed here yesterday but Oslo isn't opening till Saturday, windy conditions have made much of the man made snow go into the trees. That said, I've been invited to take some very unofficial turns tomorrow during the night with the snow making crew. I had to swear on my sisters virtue ( long gone ) not to take photos, though, Can't pass on that - good thing I have some rock skis. 

 

It's been dumping many places in Norway the last days - finally. RyanAir has dirt cheap flights to Norway, not sure where the crappiest town in Britain is, but maybe you're close to a crappy RyanAir airport?

post #4 of 11

Glad to hear it Mads, you deserve some ski time!

JF

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Ok, the Alps are covered (a bit), so how about sending a little, contra-jet stream, over to us here on the US East Coast.  Rain, rain, and now it looks like slush.  And rain.

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lakespapa, I'll see what can be done and maybe it'll make a difference. Hope the weather pics up on the East Coast very soon, so we can get snow time all over the northern hemisphere.

 

Schlepping more gear up to the resort today, filling the locker so everything is ready. Also polisihing edges on three pair of new skis, the shop set the angles with a disc man after a light grind on two of them, but I like to do the finishing touches myself. Good times!

 

Happy skiing!

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Happy skiing!



Same to you!

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It's been dumping many places in Norway the last days - finally. RyanAir has dirt cheap flights to Norway, not sure where the crappiest town in Britain is, but maybe you're close to a crappy RyanAir airport?



My local airport doesn't have flights to Oslo, but I can get to Gatwick pretty easily. I've got time off next week, but I can't leave town until Wednesday.

 

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My local airport doesn't have flights to Oslo, but I can get to Gatwick pretty easily. I've got time off next week, but I can't leave town until Wednesday.

 



I'm up in Oslo Winterpark now, it looks great. If you let me know where in Norway you're heading I'll keep you updated on the conditions.

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We had a storm in Oslo last night. No snowproduction = no lights slopeside = no unofficial turns = I'm not a happy camper. New storm hitting us tonight, but Oslo Winterpark still think they'll open Saturday. They'd better be right...

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3 long days of skiing on the one piste that's open in Oslo Winterpark done.

 

We've had everything from cold and dry weather to snow and rain and + 3 C, but the good people working nights on my ski hill have kept this slope in excellent condition. Looks like we'll have a  big dump tomorrow and I would like to see my garden white again - green is so out of fashion. Oslo is a bit weird that way, where I live ( sea level ) it's not much winter now, but 20 minutes away by car ( and 530 height meters ) it's winter wonderland.

 

On Sunday my ski school director took some of us, including a new colleague, a CSIA level 2 to the trees. Man, can she ski. Very useful to get her views on how we do things over here, and it's interesting to see the difference in technique, among other things the Canadians have a lower stance than we teach. Coverage in the trees left a lot to be desired, and I spent about three hours fixing bases and edges on directors and my brand new school-skies today, good to be on freebies for that. I'll save my 2 pair of  new personal skis till coverage gets better. Well worth it though.

 

Most resorts are open up here now, but we need more snow to get all slopes open.

 

Tomorrow again, I'll be Happy Skiing!

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