I think I read somewhere online that Norway did pretty well at the Winter Olympics (or just The Olympics as Norwegians call it). Cross-country skiing is part of Norwegian way of life, they’re born with skis on their feet, blah, blah, blah.
Watching all the action might have given you the boost you needed to get out there and glide on some snow, which we have a lot of currently. Here is a quick rundown on how to get out skiing like a local.
WHERE TO GO
Trondheim, like a lot of places in Norway, is surrounded by areas to go skiing; take a look at this map that shows some of the options.
Bymarka, Granåsen, and Strindmarka are the usual destinations for city-dwellers and recommended by them as well. These stops are close by and easily accessed via bus. Though double check the schedule to make sure you have time to enjoy your day.
To get out to Bymarka just hop on Bus 10 to Skistua and, bob’s your uncle, you’re there.
For Granåsen, also home of our beautiful ski jump, Bus 19 to Sandemoen is what you want, hop off at Granåsen VM-Anlegget.
And Strindmarka: Bus 5 or 66 up to Dragvoll will have you skiing in no time at all.
Bymarka is recommended to new skiers as it is the easiest (the flattest) track, but it has some breathtaking natural views. On the other hand, Strindamarka and especially Granåsen have plenty of ups and downs, then some more ups and downs making them better suited to those with some experience or great will, to challenge themselves. Granåsen is extra cool because of the stadium and lights along the rack, which can give you feel of competitive ski racing.
WHERE TO RENT GEAR
If you’re interested in playing in the snow, but don’t own the equipment, two options come immediately to mind.
The first is to get in touch with Trondheim Skiklubb and renting everything you need and picking it up at the conveniently located Skistua.
Trondheim Kommune also has several locations that loan out sporting equipment; from skis to canoes and backpacks.
WHAT TO BRING
The List recommends bringing snacks; no matter what activity you are doing, but skiing in particular. For the authentic experience pack a Kvikklunsj, and orange or clementine, and some hot chocolate or coffee.
For clothing: pack light, but warm. Especially this week as it is supposed to pretty darn cold.
Bring some friends, bring a date, your dog, your kids, or take a few laps around the track solo. Skiing can be enjoyed by everyone and in many different ways.
Skiing is not the easiest hobby to pick up; it requires a type of balance and movements that are not found in everyday life. So a smile and good sense of humour are also good things to pack along with you.