When in Oslo in winter, do as the Osloers do: go skiing! Just behind the famous ski jump arena of Holmenkollen, you can find a small ski area which is just perfect for a half or full day of skiing. Taking a suburban train directly from the city centre brings you within walking distance from the TV tower at Tryvann where you can also rent the equipment you need. From there, you can choose from over 10 slopes, from beginner's slopes to those for more advanced skiers. For those who want to, there are all kinds of fun things to try, like a half pipe and some jumping hills.
While the slopes right down from the TV tower at Tryvann are good for skiing, the most interesting slope is a short ski-lift ride away from the bottom of one of the slopes. It is called the Wyllerløypa, after a Norwegian skier who died in the Second World War, and is the longest and most challenging slope of Tryvann Vinterpark. It is around 1400m long, broad with several small hills in its track. Here, you can see the best skiers, telemark skiers, and snow-boarders showing their skills; sometimes, you can find and try a prepared slalom track. At the bottom, you can drink and eat to keep you going in a small restaurant
One of the great things about Tryvann is that the slopes are all lit at night. This is necessary, because winterdays are short in Norway. It gives the opportunity to ski until 10pm during weekdays; if you have never tried it: you can actually see better than during the day, especially when there is no sun. After 6pm, more people come skiing: they take to the slopes after working during the day. Just thinking of how lucky they are, living in a city with skiing just around the corner, can make many people jealous. It also explains how the Norwegians can be so good at skiing!
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