Ski Norway - March 9-19, 2019
Norwegian Birkebeiner Worldloppet Races & Post or Pre-Trip Options
It has been more than twenty years since our first "Ski Norway" trip to Sjusjöen and the Norwegian Birkebeiner Race. Little did we know in 1996 that this would become an annual trip. Why do we come back to the same place year after year? The short answer is: "Why kill a good thing?"
A full week at our favorite 4th generation family owned Mountain Lodge. Known for their good and plentiful food. Meals are big buffet style Norwegian breakfasts, trail lunches and 3-course evening dinners.
Accommodations are in double rooms with private bathrooms. The comfortable sitting areas feature two fire places and beautiful antique furniture – great areas for evening conversations, games or just curling up with a book. If that does not appeal to you there is always the well-equipped indoor waxing room – also a good place for socializing - or the two saunas.
Skiing is Right from the Door
Sjusjöen was recently voted the “#1 Cross CountrySkiing destination in Norway.” A network of 350+ km of groomed trails offers unlimited possibilities for all levels of skiers. Snow conditions are stable and March is the best month for skiing in Norway. The days are longer, the sun warmer, yet the snow usually remains dry. Many of the trails are above timberline offering spectacular views. The forested trails in the lower areas offer shelter from the elements on cold and windy days.
Other Things to Do
Sjusjöen Village has a grocery store, a nice ski shop, a couple of coffee shops anda bar. You will also find dog sledding in the area and snowshoeing can be done almost everywhere. For more serious shopping and to visit museums you may want to go to Lillehammer www.Lillehammer.no.
There is frequent bus service between Sjusjøen and Lillehammer during the day but none at night.
The Olympic Downhill areas of Hafjell and Kvitfjell or the Hunderfossen Bob and Luge tracks may be reached by an easy bus ride from Lillehammer.
Pre or Post-Trip Options:
Add a 2nd week to your Norwegian ski adventure
Option 1: If enough interest, we will arrange for an additional week of ski touring at a different ski resort or mountain hut in or near one of Norway’s National Parks. Cost will depend on actual itinerary.
Option 2: Ski hut-to-hut in one of Norway’s National Parks. We will arrange for you to join a guided tour with the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT). Exact itinerary to be determined when we know the interests and experience of the participants. Cost will depend on actual itinerary.
Ski the Norwegian Birkebeiner Races
You now have several choices for participating in these popular Birkebeiner Events. Online registration for the main race is now open. Registration for the other races opens in the fall, 2018. To register to to : www.birkebeiner.no.
NOTE: When registering for the 54K races you should select Lillehammer for bib-pickup. There will be race-buses from Sjusjøen to the start in Rena the morning of the races. You may purchase tickets for the race buses when you pick up your bib.
• Birkebeinerrennet (Main Race) 54K CL: Saturday, 3/16, 2019 (WL gold)
• Friday Birken 54K CL and FS: Friday, 3/15, 2019 (WL gold)
• Inga Låmi (Women's race) 15 or 30K CL: Saturday, 3/9, 2019. (WL silver-30k)
• Half Birken 28K CL: (WL silver) Check the website for date as there may be a change.
• Youth Birken (For ages 13-16) 15K CL: Check the website for the date as there may be a change.
• Birken Relay - 50K CL: Friday 3/15, 2019. Form a 4-person team with your ski buddies and enter this fun event!
For additional information and race registrations go to www.birkebeiner.no.
NOTE: This "Worldloppet" trip is organized by Peer Gynt World Ventures and sponsored by the North Star Ski Touring Club (NSSTC). A $20 NSSTC membership fee is required. You may renew or purchase your NSSTC membership online at www.North-Stars.org.
Solveig Olson firstname.lastname@example.org, 612-377-2483