I had been wanting to give my new Elan Boomerangs a tryout for a while, but skiing them on groomers wouldn't be much fun.
Very close to Oslo Winterpark lies the defunct Rødkleiva, where Stein Eriksen won gold in slalom in the 1952 Oslo Olympics.
I had skied parts of it as a kid, but the steep part was closed in 1970, deemed too steep for the average skier and with lots of injuries, even deaths.
The top part of the slope closed in 1988.
Thinking it might be possible to ski, I took a walk there last summer. Quite a few trees and much after growth, but doable if we got enough snow.
Presenting the idea to my boss, a powder-hound good as any, he seemed very skeptical, but came around. With a little fresh snow every day for two weeks it was go-time.
All in all we were four instructors with a few hours off, setting off into the unknown..
Here's what it looked like :
Now I'm looking forward to the end of season in Oslo, so I can go up to the mountains. The Boomerangs were very fun, and very suitable for the tight trees. The walk out from the bottom takes app 25 mins, if you choose the right path. Taking a friend there, she's always up for a challenge, I didn't, and we ended up walking almost all the way up. She still talks to me :-)