Apart from becoming a success for the Norwegian sportswomen and men, the Winter Olympic Games also put some little Norwegian winter sports towns on the world map. One of them is Hafjell, some 15 km. from Lillehammer on lake Mjøsa. In winter, Hafjell is a very appealing destination for ski lovers. It has both easy and difficult hills. The two times I skied in Hafjell, my interest in skiing developed into full love, hence my special memory for this town.
Norway has many different kinds of skiing, both cross-country and telemarking are very popular. Since I just started with skiing, I left all those, and the snowboarders on their own, and dedicated myself completely to just plain old-fashioned downhill skiing. And with a lot of gusto, because it was here that I discovered my love for this sport. What a great sensation, going down fast, people around who are all sharing the same joy of speed and snow. Then there are the beautiful views, the surrounding mountains, the lakes. On clear days it is possible to look very far from the Norwegian mountains, since you actually ski down almost from their top.
It is a pity I wasn't interested in downhill skiing during the Winter Games, because I would have liked to recognize the Marsteinschuss, the Bukkespranget and other pistes with somehow attractive names. I was only jealous of the very young children who were already practising with their parents. They will be able to ski like devils all their life! The only difficult thing here was the stopping...
Personal travel impressions both in words and images from Hafjell Skiing (Norway). Clicking on the pictures enlarges them and enables you to send the picture as a free e-card or download it for personal use, for instance, on your weblog. Or click on the map above to visit more places close to Hafjell Skiing.
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