Snowboarding in Norway

by Leslie Renico

As you might imagine, a Scandinavian nation such as Norway is rife with skiing and snowboarding resorts. If you're coming from another country, you can drive to ferries that will bring you from the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany, or you can fly into Oslo and drive from there.


Norway's largest resort for skiers and snowboarders, Trysil ( is available to snowboarders between November and May, using Trysilfjellet mountain. Most of the runs are best for beginners and intermediate snowboarders, based on reviews. There are 30 lifts, mostly T-bars, that will carry you from point to point; in 2012 a lift will run all the way to the top. This resort is only 2 1/2 hours from Oslo by car, and the NOR-WAY bus will take you there from the Oslo airport, or you can bus in from Stockholm, Copenhagen or Gothenburg.


The host of the 2001 Arctic Challenge, Hemsedal ( is a popular destination for freestyle snowboarders. You can get to the slopes by riding a shuttle about two miles out from the city. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced freestyler, you'll find trails at Hemsedal that will challenge and entertain you.


This set of runs hosted the skiing portions of the Lillehammer Winter Games. Smaller than some of the other popular Norwegian resorts, Hafnell ( has four black-diamond runs suited to expert riders, and the rest are beginner and intermediate runs.


If you hit Oppdal ( on the weekends, you'll see snowboarders who have come in from Trodnheim. If you're advanced, you'll find a black run atop Vangslia mountain. There are many paths that beginner and intermediate snowboarders will enjoy, though. Oppdal also features several terrain parks with jibs and jumps to test snowboarders and skiers.