Skiing and Such

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.

Photo: Anders Kallerud

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.

Photo: Anders Kallerud

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.

Photo: Wil Lee-Wright Photography

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.

Photo: Sondre Hovda Dahlskaas

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.

Checking in at Dwarfheim

Pineleaf Studios, featured in The List’s issue #19, is in the process of building a video game.

After The List spent some time peepin’ around their office, we started to be fascinated by how much work goes into creating a video game.

Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

When we last spoke to the guys and gals making Dwarfheim they were starting to enter some of the later stages of their games production, but to make the game run smoother and create a better experience they decided to rebuild the game with a more flexible framework they designed themselves.

Already they are back on track, and even ahead of schedule. The world they are building, and the characters that will inhabit it are looking stunning.

They gave us a first look at the Berserker character.

Image: Pineleaf Studio

 

After wandering around, looking over the shoulders of the game designers, artists, and others involved in the company it was incredible seeing how all the pieces come together. From turning sketches into 3D pieces of art, to coding and creating the way characters move.

 

Photo: Pineleaf Studio

The majority of the technical terms went over our heads, but a discussion with Fredrik Chrislock really stood out. He talked about implementing artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into Dwarfheim – taking technology from other fields and bringing it into the gaming industry. The game will learn from the way humans play the game and make changes to keep things fresh and exciting.

Everyone at Dwarfheim had a lot to say about their game and the goals they want to accomplish with it.

“We want to create deep and innovative games. Looking at the game industry right now, we think there are a lot of things that are still untried”, Hans Klevin, the big man at Pineleaf Studios said.

The video game industry in Norway, and especially in Trondheim, is rapidly evolving. The List will certainly be following the progress of Pineleaf Studios and Dwarfheim!

NTNU Campus Expansion: A Chat With Trond Åm

The NTNU Campus Expansion

A Chat with Trond Åm

Photo: Venstre

As many have heard, NTNU is about to start a huge project to expand the campus in Trondheim.

Over the past few months, there have been many a debate on the proper course of action for this expansion. Many of the current plans have new buildings laid out in the area that is currently Høgskoleparken on the south end of the city. Many living in the area disagree that this is the best plot of land to use for the expansion.

The List caught up with Trond Åm, leader of the Literature House in Trondheim and a member of Trondheim’s city council to ask him about an article he wrote on the matter that recently appeared in Adressa.

Q: How has the community engagement been when it comes to such a big project?

“It’s been very positive. There have been a number of public debates on the issue thanks to NTNU. The dialogue between the public and school has been good as there has been no final decision made yet.”

Q: There have been a number of areas other than Høgskoleparken that seem suited to being built on or renovated to integrate the new campus as part of the city. What are some of those solutions?

“There are many available areas near Gløshaugen that are already available or possible to use for the university’s expansion. Amongst those possibilities is building along Elgesetergate.”

“Building along Elgeseter would be good for NTNU and the area, but it is quite a high traffic road and not the easiest to turn it into an attractive campus. Behind Studentersamfundet in the empty lot, there is another very good option. It wasn’t positive that they could build there safely, but it was recently found that it is possible and would also lead to the expansion of the park areas around Nidelva.”

Q: Why is community engagement important with this project?

“Parks are not going to become less important in the future. “

“People in the neighbourhood around Høgskoleparken, students, and other community members have been very engaged. The expansion of the campus will have a big impact on the city and it is important that it is an attractive campus and that it offers a mutual interest between the university and the population of Trondheim.”

On 6 March Trondheim Kommune will speak directly about the campus expansion plans.

“There have already been two debates held at Litteraturhuset, the Trondheim Arkitekts Forening will be holding another on 19 March. This one will be quite important and quite interesting as it comes after the opinions on the project from Trondheim Kommune”.

Trondheim Calling: Day 2

Trondheim Calling: Day 2

The List made a hip-hop night out of the second day of the festival.

It might be because I’m a millennial, or perhaps it has something to do with my cookie-cutter, suburban upbringing, but I’m always looking forward to a night of rap and hip-hop. Diskoteket’s entire line-up last night was just that, so The List decided to post up and catch all four shows at the nightlife spot of the year according to Adressa.

We pulled up to the spot just as the doors opened in order to grab some seating, and it wasn’t long before people started filtering in.

First up was Turab, an artist coming from Manglerud in the Oslo area. From the get-go, he had great energy on the stage. The beats, which he produced himself, were solid and even got the Norwegian crowd to start bobbing their heads. Lyrically I followed along as best I could and liked what I heard ­– Turab delivered with good flow and varied subject matters. The List is looking forward to Turab’s return to Trondheim.

Turab, Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

After a short break, the next man on stage was Ganezha. It was an enjoyable show, and Ganezha’s kit was certainly the wildest! His music was simple and mellow, keeping up the good vibes for the whole evening.

Next up was one of the heavy hitters of the evening: Emir. I was familiar with Emir as half of the duo $ushi x Kobe, which played in Trondheim during UKA this past fall. People seemed eager to catch another act from Emir, as Diskoteket was packed to the walls before the first beat dropped.

Emir, Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

The set was tight, and with most of the shows at Trondheim Calling it was over all too quickly. The crowd was eating up what Emir was setting in front of them and it led to a great energy in Diskoteket.

Trondheim’s own Gerald Ofori closed the stage down last night. After hearing a heavy amount of hype about this dude in the months and weeks leading up to Trondheim Calling I was excited to see what it was all about.

Gerald Ofori, Photo: Torelif Kvinnesland

I would say that the hype was worth it. Gerald put on a great performance live, with some outstanding beats and catchy lyrics. After his show last night I think there will be a number of people keeping an eye out for more from Gerald.

All throughout the night people were filtering in and out, some would stick around for a show or two and jet off to another venue. It was cool to see the different ways people experience Trondheim Callings massive amount of concerts and flowing through MidtByen – a strategy worth adopting tonight to squeeze out the most of this last evening of Trondheim Calling.

 

 

 

Trondheim Calling: Day 1

Trondheim Calling: Day 1

The winter music festival started with a bang last night.

Finally, Trondheim Calling has gotten started and the List has been counting down the days.

The first stop had to be the festival bar at Trondheim Calling’s headquarters. It was a great way to get in the festival mood and plan the path through the night.

Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

After that, we hopped across the street to Moskus and Jonas Skybakmoen. It was pretty packed when we first walked in, but we managed to get up to the bar as people kept streaming through the door. By the time the show started there was little room to move. But this only added to the show, with such an up-close, intimate venue the energy from the band cascaded over the crowd easily.

I had never heard any of Skybakmoen’s music before I walked into Moskus last night, and I certainly enjoyed what I heard. With synthy pop beats the tunes reminded me much of 80’s synth-rock, but with a modern twist. The concert was over before I was ready, all the bands last night were playing shorter sets. While it was incredibly cozy pressed up against a number of strangers, I could have done with a few more tracks from Jonas Skybakmoen and co.

While Jonas had a tremendous voice and stage presence, I was most impressed by the drummer. The dude played his parts to perfection – at least to my unmusical ear.

Jonas Skybakmoen Photo: Torleif Kvinnesland

Quickly disengaging from the crowd in Moskus we popped out the door to catch a little breath. Then hit the bricks in the direction of Diskoteket, the next stage of our journey with another band I had little background on before last night: Sam & Sky.

We rolled into Diskoteket pretty early to have a chance at getting a good spot to post up by the stage for Sam & Sky’s show…and of course for easier access to the bar. The crowd starting filtering in, but with a bigger venue compared to previous one, we had a little breathing room.

Without warning the music started and I was immediately caught up in the atmospheric beats and smooth female vocals accompanying them. The music had a great vibe and is the kind of music you want coming out the stereo parked in some sweaty club or while getting ready with the squad to paint the town red.

From the back of the room what struck me as odd had nothing to do with the music, but more the Norweigian-ness of the crowd. There was hardly a bobbing head to be seen, let alone anyone letting loose.

Captivated by this social aspect of my adopted home, I wanted a chance to speak with the artists about their show. As they were breaking down their equipment I chased the duo down. And started with a good ol’ fashioned: “how ya’ doin’?”

“It was good, it was a short set, but as we’re working on completing an album it was perfect with the material we had ready” beat-master Sam had to say.

“I love the tiny clubs here in Trondheim, this is the second time we’ve played here.” was the frontwoman, Sky’s, response.

The pair both gave great insight into what playing for a Norwegian audience is like as well:

“If you can get a Norwegian to bob their head you know you are doing something right,” said Sky.

Would have loved to see a repeat performance from the two this weekend, but for now keep an eye out for Sam & Sky’s coming album, as well as some future tour dates. The List certainly hopes they will be back in Trondheim soon!

Dipping out from there it was straight to Kunsthallen for one of the bands I’d been looking forward to the most: Haunted Mansions.

Immediately upon arrival, I realized I wasn’t wearing enough flannel to fit into the crowd. But that didn’t stop me from enjoying the music immensely. Having heard a million different descriptions of Haunted Mansion I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was more than pleased with the results. To me it had elements of surf and synth rock, mixed up with Haunted Mansion’s own unique flavour.

Kunsthallen was a cool venue, but I think Haunted Mansions will be best served on the bigger stage in Olavshallen Lille Sal on Saturday. Definitely recommended!

It was cold as sh*t out there last night, and also a weekday, which made the streets pretty quiet in terms of people walking around. I expect the activity will be much more amplified tonight and tomorrow. Just don’t forget to bring your jacket!