Will Norway have a normal ski season this winter? 

While the lifts remained open, last year's ski season was heavily disrupted by Covid-19. Here's what you need to know about this year's season. 

Many are hoping for a more typical ski season in Norway this year. Pictured is someone back country skiing in Olderdalen, northern Norway.
Many are hoping for a more typical ski season in Norway this year. Pictured is someone back country skiing in Olderdalen, northern Norway. Photo by Hendrik Morkel on Unsplash

People working in the winter sports industry and those looking to hit the slopes are hoping for a more typical season this year after the last one was disrupted by a mix of local and national Covid-19 restrictions. The lifts remained open during the 2020/2021 ski season, but it was a far from typical winter on the slopes. 

Covid rules put in place meant depending on where you chose to ski, restaurants may have been closed, shops would have been shut, and the sale of alcohol at after ski events will have been prohibited. 

This is in addition to the use of face masks in some areas and rules such as social distancing limiting the number of people on lifts and in gondolas and non-residents and citizens being barred from entering the country during the second half of the ski season. 

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On the slopes

The government lifted most of the last Covid measures, such as social distancing, left in the country at the end of September. 

This means that it will be more or less business as usual on the slopes this year. Some lift operators may choose to retain rules on gondolas and chairs, such as having capacity limits and social distancing. Still, should infections continue to trend downwards, this will be unlikely to happen. 

Après ski

For many, skiing isn’t about skiing, it’s about the after ski. This season it looks like a return to normal business for après ski venues across the country. Last year, there were capacity limits, rules on ordering food in order to consume alcohol, social distancing rules and fixed designated seating in place that meant a typical Norwegian after ski wasn’t a possibility throughout the whole season. 

This year with most measures dropped, it should mean a more typical after-ski experience. 

For tourists

As mentioned earlier, it was virtually impossible for tourists to come to Norway to ski last year. Resorts in south-eastern Norway typically welcome plenty of visitors from Sweden and Denmark. This year the rules for who can come to Norway to ski will probably be more relaxed. 

EU vaccine pass holders can enter Norway with no restrictions or requirements, meaning trips to Norway will be business as usual for many. 

Currently, everyone from within the EEA (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) can travel to Norway for whatever reason they please. In addition, they won’t need to get tested 24 hours before their departure to Norway, cutting down on costs and logistics. 

There are still some quarantine requirements in place for parts of Europe, but the dreaded quarantine hotel appears to be a thing of the past. You can take a look at Norway’s quarantine rules here.

Travel for those outside the EEA is still restricted, and only residents, citizens and the close family and partners of those who live in Norway can enter from Non-EEA countries. This is likely to change throughout the winter, so be sure to stay up to date with the latest rules. 


Sessongkort- Season pass 

Skiheis– Ski lift 

Skiløype- Ski slope 

Langrenn– Cross country skiing 

Slalom/Alpint- Alpine skiing 

Staver- Ski poles

Hjelm- Helmet 

Snøskred- Avalanche 

Født med ski på beina- Born with skis on your legs

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Could sky-high energy prices force some ski resorts in Norway to remain closed?

High electricity prices and the prospect of power rationing could spell big trouble for Norway's smaller ski centres.

Could sky-high energy prices force some ski resorts in Norway to remain closed?

Record high energy prices mean some ski resorts in Norway are facing the prospect of staying shut this winter, business and financial newspaper Dagens Næringsliv reports. 

“We constantly have to make an ongoing assessment of it, but in the worst case, we have to close the slope,” Knut Styrvold, chairman of the Kirkerudbakken ski centre in Bærum municipality, told the paper. 

Industry organisation Norwegian Alpine Resorts and Mountain Destinations sent a letter last week to the Prime Minister, Finance Minister and the Minister of Culture calling for measures from the state to help businesses struggling with energy costs. 

Some of the highest costs for an alpine resort are artificial snow production, which requires large amounts of power. 

“In our area, with the prices that are predicted now, we are looking at a tenfold increase in power costs, perhaps more for the coming winter,” Odd Stensrud, deputy chairman of the industry organisation and general manager of Alpinco, which owns and operates the alpine resorts at Hafjell and Kvitfjell, told the paper. 

Larger resorts and firms should be able to manage as they have agreements where they pre-pay for energy in bulk, meaning they may not necessarily have paid current high prices for the energy they will use in snow production. However, the general manager of Alpinco added that larger resorts could still end up paying double what they paid last year. 

Support for smaller resorts, and the business community in general, have yet to be announced by the government. According to Stensrud, this means many resorts may opt against running the lifts this winter. 

“If the electricity prices that are signalled for the coming winter become a reality, then it is absolutely certain that it will mean the hook on the door for several locations,” he said. 

“It is important to remember that the alpine resorts are often the core business in many mountain destinations and local communities. They keep the other tourism activities going in mountain municipalities in Norway and are crucial to ensure that districts and municipalities are not hit too hard by electricity prices,” Strensud added. 

Earlier this week, Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland said that the government and parliamentary leaders were “working closely to find a fair arrangement for business”. 

A plan for businesses is expected to be unveiled during the next month.