Originally Posted by ami in berlin
We've just booked a weekend trip to Oslo next weekend for my girlfriend's birthday. She's a cross country skier, and lack of snow cancelled our originally planned overnight tour on the German-Czech border. Oddly, flights and hotel in Oslo worked out to be the cheapest alternative.
So, does anybody have any info (skiing, be it xc or alpine, and non-skiing) on Oslo?
Oslo is surrounded by woods, hills and mountains on all sides. There are endless possibilities for cross country skiing, within a short bus or metro ("trikk") ride from the city centre. Countless miles of trails are kept well prepared as long as there's snow on the ground. The area around Holmenkollen is popular, and a little further in, at the end of the metro line is Frognerseter which is a lodge/restaurant and one of the most popular starting points for xc skiing. Above Frognerseter is the Tryvann alpine skiing centre. There's a free ski-shuttle bus from Voksenkollen station on the metro line to Tryvann which has I believe pretty good hire facilities for both alpine and xc. Tryvann is also a good place to join the network of xc trails.http://www.tryvann.no/index.jsp?SDP_CHANGE_USERLANG=en
The Tryvann area is pretty good, considering how close to a major city it is, but its not exactly a big resort type place. Theres a park area, a fairly long green slope, a couple of more demanding runs, a half pipe and a short skicross course. There's also Wyllerløypa at Tryvann which is graded black (a bit of an exageration) - they use it to host junior SG races, so it'll test your legs more than most of the other local hills dotted around the district.
You can get to Norefjell (1952 Olympic alpine events) for a day trip from Oslo - not sure about transport options, but there's probably a bus from central Oslo.http://norefjell.no/page/15147/
Skansebakken in Sørkedalen is another popular place to start xc trips - there's a bus. No doubt lots of similar places to the north and north-east of Oslo, but living to west I know those areas better.