TRYSIL – NORWAY’S LARGEST SKI RESORT
After being a few days in Hemsedal, we had to drive to Trysil. You have to imagine that the distances are not that far but the circumstances are different then in the Netherlands.
The distance from Hemsedal to Trysil is 302 kilometers, but the travel time is about 4,5 hours. This is because of the fact that the maximum speed in Norway is about 80 km per hour. (and please stick to the maximum speed, the fines in Norway are almost 10 times higher than in the Netherlands). Take your time to travel from place to place. You will drive through beautifull surroundings, so it’s worth it! If you are traveling from Oslo, the distance is approximately 200 km and with future flights from the Scandinavian Mountains Airport, it will be a 40 minute drive.
Trysil is Norway’s largest ski resort and it is built around the Trysilfjellet mountain. The Trysilfjellet mountain is 1.132 metre high and has got 71 km of well prepared slopes around the mountain. Trysil is famous for it’s carving because of the powdery snow. Many teams from different countries are using the slopes of Trysil as their training base.
The ski area has got 4 central points from the left to the right: Turistsentret, Skihytta, Høfjellssentret and Høgegga. In total there are 68 slopes and 31 lifts (chairlifts, t-bars, button lifts and conveyor belts).
There is also a award winning Snow Park worth visiting! And there are several large children’s and beginners’ areas. The season starts approximately around the middle of December (depending on the snowfall) and ends the end of April.
The ski passes are well priced. If you are taking a 6-8 day skipass in the low season as an adult (18-64 year), it will cost € 225,=, children from 7-17 year costs € 180,= and children till the age of 6 are free. The prices in high season are a little higher, but not that much. For more information look at SkiStar Trysil.
We were staying at the Radisson Blu Resort in Trysil. A beautifull ski in – ski out hotel! The hotel is equipped with all conveniences, like multiple restaurants, bars and a coffee shop (La Piazza, Brasserie T, Hill Buffet & Breakfast, Chill Bowl & Dine and Mt. Mocca, coffee shop), bowling, swimming pool, sauna and a sports shop. Also the breakfast buffet was amazing! Whatever you could imagine, they had it.
The first day in Trysil we had an appointment with Turid, she is the marketing manager from SkiStar for Trysil. She gave us a presentation about Trysil, she told us about the ski resort and all the other possibilities and activities in Trysil. Afterwards we went up the mountain with her and she gave us a tour overthere. We were very lucky with the weather it was a real bluebird day!! The views from the mountains were just amazing and the snow quality was phenomenal. Turid had shown us all sides off the mountain. After the tour we had a lunch together in Sindre Stua, absolutely delicious. Because of the beautifull weather, our program changed a little and we had the time to explore the area by ourselfs. We had a blast! Tired but satisfied, after skiing we went into the hot tub for relaxation.
The second day we had an appointment with Carina. She picked us up at our hotel and told us about the show around that morning. Carina knows everything about all the accomodations in Trysil. And believe us, there are many of them! The most of cabins are private owned, but are for rent through the renting system at the SkiStar website. The accommodations are localized on basicly two sides of the mountain: Høyfjellssenteret – Fageråsen and Turistensenteret – Trysilfjell. Carina had shown us a lot of different cabins in both areas suitable for 4 till 16 persons and different price categories. Overall the cabins are modern, luxues, fully equipped and a lot of them are ski in – ski out. Between the show around, we had lunch at Skihytta. We all had a typical dish that is served at Skihytta. The soup is served in a hollowed out bread, it was really delicious. A must try if you are in Trysil.
After our appointment with Carina we had time to ski. Unfortunately it was to foggy to see something. So after a little hour on the slopes we went back and end up in the hot tub again. For dinner we went to the Chill Bowl & Dine and had a really juicy burger.
The last appointment of that day was with Maria Åhgren, the General Manager of Radisson Blu. In Trysil there are two Radisson Blu hotels located right at the foot of the ski slopes. The Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residences and the award-winning Radisson Blu Resort (the one we were staying). Both are located on either side of the Trysilfjellet mountain.
Turid had shown us around the day before in the Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residences when we were on the slopes and Maria gave us a tour in the Radisson Blu Resort. Both are stunning, modern and luxues hotels and both are ski in – ski out.
Our time at Trysil was unfortunately ended, the next morning we had to drive to Sälen Sweden for the last part of our trip. More about that later!