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Railway Station Jernbanetorget 2, Lillehammer, 260
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Ski and snow
Can anyone please tell me what kind of skiing conditions are in Lillehammer during Christmas time? I would like to visit with my family but never been before and I am concern about the snow fall and if the skiing is usualy guaranted? I have been told the area of Skeikampen is pretty much the most snowsure...but does that mean the other skiing resorts might be without snow?
Does anyone know how were the skiing conditions in the winter 2006/2007 when most of the Alps in Wester Europe seen no snow? Thank you very much W
Re: Ski and snow
Most ski resorts have snow machines which makes them able to produce snow as long as the temperature comes down to about 0 Celcuis (which it is allready doing). But around Christmas most places should have snow, unless something very strange happens. I don't know Skeikampen, but another place that pretty secure when it comes to snow is Bjorli (210 km north of Lillehammer) but I would imagine that Hafjell and Kvitfjell is open by then aswell (they are just a short drive north of Lillehammer).
Re: Ski and snow
Hi, I don't know about Lillehammer, but I went to Geilo for Christmas 2007 and there was enough snow (approx 30cm) to start and got better during the week (extra 20cm). We flew into Oslo with snow on the ground (maybe 10cm) and saw it all the way to Geilo. However, I do remember that there was heavy rain in early December which washed away the early snow accumulations.
Lillehammer is very unlikely not to have snow and the resorts will use snow cannons to build a base layer, especially for peak times. Lillehammer has 80% coverage with snow cannons (source Neilson ski holiday brochure)
I'm going back this year, but maybe for New Year week.
Travel Tips for Lillehammer
mountains, lakes, and whitewater rivers
Lillehammer is a beautiful city, but I think many tourists find it a little anti climatic. If looking for a great way to end a tour of the city, olympic parks, and mailhaugen, go for a drive an hour and a half north, and jump on Norway's most popular whitewater river- the Sjoa (pronounced shoe -a). After all that olympic talk, it is nice to get out and DO SOMETHING!! There is only one company there that offers inflatable kayak trips. I think their name translates to wilderness calls. Inflatable kayaks, put the bobsled to shame. I would recommend it to anyone who is in shape, and wants to go do something, instead of look at something.
Inga-Låmi Women's Ski Race
Inga-Låmi is a cross-country ski race over 15 or 30 kilometres, for women only. This is the largest women-only ski race in Norway.
Takes place in Lillehammer Saturday 11 March 2006.
There are several classes to fit you in, so this is a race for both the young, old, fit and unfit, ambitious and not so ambitious.
For all details, see web page. Just note the deadline for aplication: 20 September 05 (regular fee) and 11 March 06 for a higher participation fee (penalty before start, even....).
The Inga-Låmi is a cornerstone of the Birkebeiner Ski festival weekend 10-12 March Your own ski gear.
The Mesna River in winter
Negotiating the Mesna trails during winter is a very different proposition during winter. You are better off abandoning the summer map and get your skis out. Above the rim where the terrain levels out, there is very good skiing on groomed and non-groomed trails through the vicinity of the river (and elsewhere). Get a ski map from the tourist office or the DNT office in town, or read the posters at most trail crossings.
MESNA - the river
Take a walk along the river! Start near Storgata and follow the river down towards the sea. It's a great experience.
Along the river you will also find signs that tell you more about the area, or the buildings next to the river. It's really a beautiful place.
I am a big Olympics fan. I wait every four years for the winter games. When I was planning my Norway trip this is one of the reasons Lillehammer was on my must see list. I wanted to see the 1994 Olympic site. Here is the enterance to the Olympic Museum. This was also originally the arena where the ice hockey games were played during the Olympics.
Due to the Olympic venues in the area Lillehammer is a winter sports persons dream vacation. There are facilities for most winter sports in Lillehammer.
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