Trysil, Norway’s ultimate ski destination

A few weeks ago, I went on a weekend trip to Trysil, the largest ski resort in Norway. Located about 200 km (2.5 hours by car) northeast of Oslo, the resort is run by Skistar and occupies the Trysilfjellet mountain.

Radisson Blu Resort, Trysil

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Resort behind the Tourist Centre for the duration of our time in Trysil and found the location extremely convenient, as there was only a short walk to the ski lifts and buses to the downtown area. Most of the rooms have a nice view of the slopes outside.

The hotel has several restaurants on its premises, as well as facilities such as spa, swimming pool, and bowling alley. On the right side of the lobby, there is a large ski shop for guests’ last-minute ski needs. Between the bar and the reception, there is a large lounge area as well as a round table with a fire pit in the centre.

Downtown Trysil

Though there are buses from downtown Trysil to the slopes, their running times are limited and are mostly designed to get you to the slopes and back. Since Trysil is a ski town, there is not much to do here other than snow sports. The downtown area was mostly devoid of activity but can be worth a trip if you want different food than that offered at the mountain hotels.

Trysil-Knut monument in Trysil

Trysil City Hall

Trysil City Hall

Trysil Ski Museum

Trysil Ski Museum

We stopped by Trysil Hotel to check out the microbrewery located there, but it seemed like the workers had gone skiing.

Trysil hotel

The microbrewery inside Trysil Hotel

The microbrewery inside Trysil Hotel

Because of the later sunrise and earlier sunset during the ski season, skiing in Norway ends earlier than in many other ski destinations. Around 4 PM, the on-mountain pubs begin to fill with people in ski gear looking to unwind after a day in the slopes. This Norwegian “afterski” closely resembles clubbing, just in the afternoon and with ski gear.

Overall, I had a nice time in Trysil but wish that I could ski better so that I could fully enjoy the resort. There are plenty more things to do here in the summer as well, so I could imagine returning then 🙂

 

The last days of winter

Last weekend, Eirik and I went on a trip with our parents to our grandparents’ cabin in Skeikampen. I got to try skiing for the second time and was amazed at how much better I have gotten! Though it was gray and foggy when we went skiing, the sun came out shortly after we returned to the cabin.

Hat: Dale of Norway
Jacket: Swix
Trousers: Swix
Gloves: Swix

Mormor and Morfar have decorated the cabin with many vintage icons and trinkets that make the cabin resemble one you typically see in the movies. It is truly sooo cosy and was such a great place to spend the weekend!

Eirik and I also took the ski lift up to the top of the Skeikampen mountain (more than 1000 meters above sea level). It was amazing how far off into the distance we could see!

It is amazing how fast the snow melted this weekend. There was considerably less snow as we drove home on Sunday than when we drove up the mountain on Friday. The warm sun hinted at the arrival of spring and it grew as we got closer and closer to Oslo.

Enjoy the first days of spring! 🙂

XOXO HONG PHUC