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Ski Resorts Guide – Trysil, Norway

Norwegian Good

Trysil is Norway’s largest resort and is owned by the same company that operates Hemsedal and Åre. It comes with quite a history in the development of ski racing, having hosted one of the first ever organised events. The Trysilgutten ski club goes all the way back to 1861!

  • Highest Point: 1,100m
  • Descent: 685m
  • No. lifts: 30

It is located a short distance from the Swedish border, and about two and a half hours North East of Oslo airport. Everything centres around the Trysilfjellet Mountain and the four base areas – Turistsenter, Høyfjellssenter, Høgegga and Skihytta – that surround it. But it is the Turistsenter area that has the most life.

The lower two-thirds of the mountain is a picturesque tree-lined winter wonderland. The top third, by contrast, is bare and pretty featureless, but offers fantastic 360 degree views of the area. The off-piste isn’t the most fantastic, but you can snowboard around all sides of the mountain, and with a decent number of pistes, excellent terrain parks, and good nightlife, there is enough to keep you happy for a good while. And if you get bored you could always head over the border and checkout Sälen, Scandinavia’s largest area.

The Parks – 4/5

Trysil and Hemsedal have a long running battle as to which resort has Norway’s best terrain park, and it’s occasionally a very close call. Currently, we reckon that Trysil has the upper hand.

“There’s so much variety here

The main parks always lay the features out along almost the entire length of a piste, giving you plenty of time to set yourself up for the next hit. For the past few seasons they’ve stopped building a halfpipe, but last season’s bowl-esque feature went down a storm. There’s so much variety here, you can guarantee you will never be disappointed with what is on offer.

Markus Keller throws a hammer

The Powder – 2/5

The top section of the mountain is devoid of trees and pretty much any other features, and the gentle pitch makes it a tame ride. The lower half is covered in pretty tight trees so you need to keep your wits about you, but this is Trysil’s main draw for freeriders.

The best areas can be found where the open terrain meets the trees. The area off the Kanken lift and the general area around Fjellroa restaurant start off open, and the trees become increasingly tight-knit, so you’re going to need to know what you’re doing to avoid a face full of bark.

All of the steep runs start at the Høgegga base, and there are plenty of lumps to hit on the sides of the pistes, and lots of bumps which no-one but snowboarders seem to use.

Jenny Jones, box fresh in Trysil

The Pistes – 3/5

The 71km of pistes here make it Norway’s largest area and they do a fine maintenance job to ensure that every lump has been flattened out every night. The pistes are generally really wide; especially the upper slopes, making it a good place to lay some beautiful arcs in the snow – but don’t expect endless long fast runs. On the lower two thirds of the mountain, all the trails are tree-lined, so they’re easy to navigate.

  • Opens: November 2017
  • Closes: April 2018
  • 1 Day: €47
  • 6 Days: €227

Beginners may struggle with the large number of T-bars, and could find themselves restricted to a few areas until they’ve mastered them. The Fjellekspressen and Liekspressen chairlifts that run from the main base near the tourist centre take you up to some nice meandering beginner runs, but once you’re bored with these you really have little choice but to give the tow lifts a try.

Three days a week they open the pistes for night skiing at both the main tourist centre face and the opposite Høyfjellssenter area. Up to six pistes are floodlit until 8pm, including both the terrain parks.

The Parties – 3/5

The village in Trysil is 2km away from the slopes and it’s best to use that purely to restock, as all the action is based near the lifts.

“Laaven gets ridiculously busy, but is THE après place in Trysil”

Après ski starts off in the Knettsetra, which is located mid-station between Høgegga and the tourist centre bases. When you’re back at the tourist centre base, head to Laaven, which gets ridiculously busy but is the après place in Trysil.

Sindrestua is right next to the Fjellekspressen lift and is good for a more chilled beer at the end of the day. Ski Puben is more of a grown-up, English style pub that has live bands at the weekend. It’s a short stumble from Sindrestua. Later the bar in the Radisson Hotel and the T2 nightclub, both of which are around the Turistsenter base, are good places to check out if you want to burn the midnight oil.

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