Skiers took crisis home from Tyrol

It isn’t migrants, refugees or terrorists who ended up posing the biggest threat and bringing the greatest crisis to Norway since World War II. It landed at airports around the country in early March, when more than 500 affluent Norwegians returned from skiing holidays in the Austrian alps of Tyrol and brought the Corona virus […]

Ski resorts shut down immediately

Four of Norway’s biggest and most popular alpine skiing resorts (Hemsedal, Trysil, Hafjell and Kvitfjell) shut down all their ski lifts on Thursday. The closures came after both local and national restrictions on outdoor sporting events were announced, in an effort to stop the spread of the Corona virus. Hemsedal was closed for the rest […]

No Birkebeiner as Corona spreads

The Corona virus has “entered a new phase” in Norway, public health officials declared Tuesday evening. New cases can’t be traced to infection abroad, and now even the traditional Birkebeiner ski race has been cancelled to discourage crowds and hinder the virus from spreading. As the number of Norwegians infected with Corona hit 277, much […]

Norwegian skiers lost, jumper won

After a season of near total dominance, Norwegians failed to win either of the long-distance World Cup races for men and women held during the Holmenkollen Ski Festival over the weekend. They wound up beaten by a Russian and a Swede. Alexsandr Bolsjunov of Russia won the men’s 50-kilometer race, with Simen Hegstad Krüger and […]

Corona spoils the Holmenkollen party

One of Norway’s biggest outdoor parties of the year has been spoiled at the last minute, after local authorities ordered a shutdown of all arenas for Oslo’s annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival and World Cup competition this weekend. The ski races and ski jumping will go on, but the grandstands will remain empty after the public […]

‘Snow’ opens when none is outdoors

It’s been called “a monument to climate change,” but the manager of the Oslo area’s new indoor skiing center called Snø (Snow) insists it “neither can nor will replace winter.” It’s just a coincidende, apparently, that the huge facility adjacent to the busy E6 highway at Lørenskog opened in the middle of the warmest January on […]

Sports stars Haaland and Johaug excel again

Norwegian athletes had a good weekend in a wide range of sports, but no one attracted as much media coverage as the 19-year-old football player Erling Braut Haaland. He made history in the highly ranked German Bundesleague for scoring five goals in his first two matches for his new club, Borussia Dortmund. “This is fantastic,” Haaland […]

Johaug wins ‘Tour de Ski,’ Klæbo ‘loses’

Norwegian skiing star Therese Johaug was once again in a class of her own at the annual marathon Tour de Ski that began right after Christmas. Norwegian women won all the top spots on the last day, while Johannes Høsflot Klæbo had to yield the two overall top spots on the mens’ podium to Russian […]

Winter wonderland awaits in the hills

PHOTO FEATURE: There wasn’t much snow in the downtown area during the New Year’s week, but residents of Oslo only need to head for the hills around the Norwegian capital to find a winter wonderland and plenty of possibilities for skiing. We checked out some of the areas closest to town, and easily accessible on […]

Johaug far ahead in World Cup races

“New Johaug victory,” read the headline on just a short wire story Monday about Norwegian skier Therese Johaug’s many accomplishments since the season began began a few weeks ago. They’re so commonplace that it’s become more newsworthy if Johaug fails to win. That hasn’t happened yet. The skier, who’s continuing her impressive comeback after being […]