> 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
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