Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Post by Jim Verheu » Fri, 11 Sep 1998 04:00:00


It looks like we have enough frequent flyer miles, finally.
Can anyone recommend a good place for a cheap ski vacation in Norway,
or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. My wife and I are good
skate-
skiers, but neither of us can diagonal, nor do we have the equipment for
it.

Any leads or experiences would be appreciatted!

TIA
Jim

 
 
 

Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Post by Terje Mathise » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> It looks like we have enough frequent flyer miles, finally.
> Can anyone recommend a good place for a cheap ski vacation in Norway,
> or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. My wife and I are good
> skate-
> skiers, but neither of us can diagonal, nor do we have the equipment for
> it.

I'm afrain that cheap and skate skiing doesn't go together too well here
in Norway.

Most of the really great skiing you can do here (refer to Dave Dermott's
home page) is narrow-track or trackless xc, i.e. making long traversals
of the central mountain areas, sleeping at a new cabin each evening.

You can definitely find skate skiing here in Oslo, starting at
Holmenkollen, but accomodation isn't particularly cheap. :-(  

BTW, what is your target cost/day for the trip? If you order ahead you
might get to stay at one or more of the ski cabins here in Nordmarka!

You can also try to rent a cabin for a week or two at one of the better
skiing areas outside Oslo, i.e. above Rjukan (my personal favourite),
Lillehammer or many other places.

Terje

--

Using self-discipline, see http://www.eiffel.com/discipline
"almost all programming can be viewed as an exercise in caching"

 
 
 

Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Post by David Dermot » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> It looks like we have enough frequent flyer miles, finally.
> Can anyone recommend a good place for a cheap ski vacation in Norway,
> or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. My wife and I are good
> skate-skiers, but neither of us can diagonal

    I was going to say that Norway wins, handsdown, for a ski vacation
destination. I have been there twice and will definitely go back.

    If snow conditions are good, Oslo area has almost unlimited  km of
trails (It would take a lifetime to explore them all). But it is near
the sea-coast so good snow can't be for sure. Lillehamer area has a lot
of variety, including large areas (vidda) above the tree-line where snow
is almost certain. I still liked Gjoevik area, mainly because
it is not a resort. It has about 400 km of classic trails and about
70 km of lighted trails (lysloype). Every village in Norway seems to
have at least a 1 or 2 km lighted loop.

    However, it seemed to me that 95% of the trails are classic
(diagonal). The only place I saw skating trails were on the competitive
trails, like the Lillehammer Olympic trails. A few of the wider trails
in the Nordmarka area had a skating lane in the middle.

 --
 David Dermott , Wolfville Ridge, Nova Scotia, Canada

 WWW pages: http://fox.nstn.ca/~nstn1181/

 
 
 

Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Post by Teged » Sat, 12 Sep 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>From: Jim Verheul
>Can anyone recommend a good place for a cheap ski vacation in Norway,
>My wife and I are good
>skate-
>skiers, but neither of us can diagonal, nor do we have the equipment for
>it.

Jim, I'd purchase some diagonal equipment and go to the Thanksgiving camp in
West Yellowstone or Giants Ridge, Minnesota to learn the technique. Norway has
fantastic skiing in places like the Holmenkollen, Lillehammer or the Sjusjoen
area. However, it's best appreciated on classic skis.

Jay Tegeder
"I faders spar for framtids segrar"

 
 
 

Good XC vacation sites in Norway/Europe?

Post by Ralph » Wed, 16 Sep 1998 04:00:00

I would second the recommendation for Gjovik as a cross country ski
destination. Gjovik is where the
Cavern Hall hockey arena is. I stayed there during the 94 olympics. As the
earlier post says there are over 400 km of groomed trails leading out of town
with some lighted. There is a small hotel in town that is either a good walk or
short bus ride from the trails. You can reach Gjovik easily on the train from
Oslo. Another alternative from Gjovik would be to take the bus to Lillehammer,
ski the Birkie trail to Rena, Train back to Oslo then to Gjovik. Lots of travel
with opportunities to meet people. Gjovik is not a fancy resort town but is
populated by friendly people and has beautiful scenery.
Ralph Thornton