Ski Norway 2020 - Sjusjøen/Oslo March 14-24
Post-Trip Option: Venabu/Oslo March 22-30
Ski the Norwegian Birkebeiner Worldloppet Races March 20 and 21, 2020
It has been more than twenty years since our first "Ski Norway" trip to Sjusjøen 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
Sjusjøen 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
Sjusjøen Village has a grocery store, a nice ski shop, a couple of coffee shops and a 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.
Skiing the Birkebeiner Races
You now have several choices participating in these popular Worldloppet eventswww.worldloppet.com. To register go to https://birkebeiner.no/en/registration.
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.
- Birkebeinerrennet (Main Race) 54K CL: Saturday, March 21, 2020 (WL gold)
- Skate Birken - 54K FS: Friday, March 20, 2020 (WL gold)
- Tour Birken - 54 K FS: Friday, March 20, 2020 (WL gold)
- Tour Birken - 27K FS: Friday, March 20, 2020 (WL silver)
- Inga Låmi - 30K CL (Women's race): Saturday, March 14, 2020 (WL silver)*
- *Requires earlier dparture from the US
Post-Trip Options - Venabu/Olso March 22-30, 2020:
You will transfer directly to Venabu from Sjusjøen on Sunday March 22 and spend two days in Oslo at the end of your trip.
Venabu is a Mountain Lodge located on "Venabygdfjellet" a friendly mountain plateau at an altitude around 950 meters. It is situated on the east side of The Gudbrandsdalen Valley and just south of Rondane National Park. Right outside the door you will find a network of 140K of machine groomed trails where you will have choices of easy short loops as well as longer tours climbing up to an altitude of around 1500 meters. Additionally, you may have the opportunity to venture into Rondane National Park where the trails are staked only (not machine groomed). Venabu offer guided Ski Safaris into the Park (for a fee). You may rent back country skis at Venabu. Guided Snow Shoeing Tours to the spectacular ice falls at "Myfallet" are also a popular option. Accommodations are in simple but comfortable rooms with private bathrooms (heated floors).
Meals are: Traditional Big Norwegian breakfast. You make your own Trail Lunch from the breakfast buffet. The evening Buffet Dinners are a fabulous spread of traditional Norwegian dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.
The atmosphere is cozy with comfortable lounging areas for reading, playing games, listen to piano music, socializing and dancing. You will find two saunas, an Exercise room, TV room and a ski room with a well-equipped waxing area and helpful staff.
Venabu is more remote than Sjusjøen. There is a large Kiwi supermarket/ general store but not much of a village. – just some private cabins dotted around the area. The closest small town is Ringebu located in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley - 19K down from the mountain where you will find a few stores and a nice old Stave Church dating back to ca 1250 AD. There is no public transportation between Venabu and Ringebu, but you may reserve the Hotel Van (for a fee) if you wish to go there.
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