Norway’s ski slopes set for record season

Sales of Norwegian ski lift passes have soared during a snowy winter.

Norway’s ski slopes set for record season
File photo: Erik Johansen / NTB scanpix

Figures from industry interest organisation Alpinanleggenes Landsforening (AAL) show an increase in 15 percent in sales across the country for the season.

An early start to the current skiing season and snowy winter across most of the country are cited as the primary reasons for the upturn.

“This winter has fortunately been a very good one in terms of snow, and it is clear that both improves working conditions for our members and attracts people to ski resorts all over the country,” AAL general secretary Camilla Sylling Clausen told NRK.

Local tourism representatives have also expressed their delight at the extra business provided by the long winter, with the ski season expected to last into the Easter holiday.

“It has been a fantastic winter here. We have had large amounts of snow, giving great conditions. There has been almost five metres of snow in all, with one and a half to two metres lying on the slopes. That has brought a lot of people to the mountains,” Destination Hemsedal director Richard Taraldsen told NRK.

“I think conditions will be optimal for a while yet,” Taraldsen added.

Odd Stensrud, manager of the Alpinco ski tourism company in Hafjell and Kvitfjell, also said that the boost to the industry had been felt this winter.

“In general, this winter has led to an increase in skiing. That it is now a record year for the industry, that is surely in part a consequence of the good winter for snow,” Stensrud told NRK.

Visitors from outside of Scandinavia have also contributed to the impressive figures, according to AAL, with more and more ski tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands choosing Norway as their winter destination.

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Partial lunar eclipse to be visible over parts of Norway

People in parts of Norway may be able to witness a partial lunar eclipse on Friday. 

Pictured is a lunar eclipse
Friday will see a partial lunar eclipse over Norway. Pictured is a lunar eclipse. Photo by Roger Starnes Sr on Unsplash

On Friday morning, the sun, the earth and the moon will align, causing a partial lunar eclipse. Friday’s celestial showcase will be an almost total lunar eclipse, with only a tiny part of the moon not ending up in the earth’s shadow. 

The eclipse will be most visible at 10:03am, when 98 percent of the moon will be in shadow. 

The moon will take on a reddish tinge as sunlight that passes through the earth’s atmosphere will be refracted back onto the moon. 

People in the north of Norway will have the best eclipse experience because the moon doesn’t go down until later in the morning at higher latitudes. The weather will also be better further north, according to forecasts. 

Residents of east and west Norway hoping for a show may have their views hindered by clouds. 

“If you are lucky, you’ll be able to see it from several parts of the country,” Randveig Eikhild from the Meteorological Institute told public broadcaster NRK

The best place to see the eclipse will be somewhere with a good clear view of the horizon, without mountains, hills or buildings in the way. 

For those in the south, where the view may not be the best due to the brighter mornings, there’s another celestial event on Friday that they will be able to witness. 

Once the sun goes down, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky and very close together. Saturn won’t be visible from the north, however. 

“Jupiter and Saturn are quite close to each other and are beautiful in the fall. However, they are not always as close as they are now. It can be a very nice sight,” Pål Brekke, from the Norwegian Space Centre, explained to NRK.