Located close to the Swedish border and about two and half hours from Oslo, Trysil is a perfect place for skiing and winter sports aficionados around the world. Surrounded by a stirring beauty, Trysil starts welcoming guests from mid-November snow till April – May. For those who have not had the experience of the oldest Norwegian ski destination before, it offers the chance of a lifetime, with 360 degree graded slopes, which allow you to follow the sun all day.
The early winter days in Trysil do not last long and are around 6-7 hours, but it gets better as the winter passes, and by mid-winter, you can ski after 9 am. Going deep into the winters, floodlights illuminate the slopes by midafternoon, which allows for night skiing and is exclusive to the venue. Skiing in the glow of the lights is an unparalleled experience on its own, in fact, nighttime skiing is one of the main attractions in Trysil. The daylight issue lasts until February and after that, it doesn’t concern anyone.
The highest point of the mountain is 1132 meters above the sea level. The state of the art lift system makes it easy for visitors to navigate through the mountains. The mountain offers something for everyone. While it mostly attracts beginners and intermediary skiers, the seven steep slopes can only be accessed through high-speed six-man chair for avid skiers looking for challenges.
It is the central route to the mountain on its north side and is the most preferred area by families as there are many green runs in the zone. Along with that, there are many other organized activities for children in the area. Shops and restaurants make it an impeccable place for families to have a good time. One of the drawbacks of this area is the deficiency of sunshine in the middle of winters, however, lighting arrangements are topnotch, which enable you to carry on with the fun activities throughout your stay.
Trysil Turistsenter is the focal gate of the mountain while accessing through the south. There are a variety of bars, restaurants, and activities to engage in and they are located in a close vicinity. To go with that, there is a ski school, and ski rental for people who are not familiar with the sport. For a week’s rental of downhill skis, boots and poles: adult rates range from NOK 895 for a beginner to NOK 1,195 for advanced; youth 7-15 years old, NOK 745; children under 6, NOK 395.
There is only one ski school in the whole area that offers training lessons to beginners and kids. The instructors are fluent in English, which means there are no communication-related issues. Typically the lessons are in the form of groups, which are shaped according to age brackets. A five-hour lesson would cost you around NOK 1215, while a private one hour lesson would cost you NOK 705 plus NOK 285 for an extra person. The instructors are well-experienced and will train you to the best of their abilities. Also, if someone is interested in Snowboarding, the school is the perfect place for that too.
There are 3 main rental outlets in Trysil where you can get all the equipment for your fun activities. One is in Høyfjellssenter, the other one in Turistsenter and the third one is Park inn at Trysil Mountain Resort. You can pre-book the equipment and it’s always best to do so in order to avoid any inconvenience later on. In case you are staying at the Resort, you can collect your equipment from the rental outlet and relish the 100km of groomed cross-country tracks filled with mesmeric sceneries.
A set of downhill skis, boots and poles would cost around NOK 885 for novices and NOK 1180 for advanced skiers a week. The rates are relatively lower for children and amateurs.
The 27 green cross-country runs are spread across the mountains, which is excellent for beginners as they can explore the mountain even if they are not a pro. Adequate training at the ski school will enable them to explore the vast natural landscapes without any limitation.
For someone who fancies a little challenge, there are plenty of red and blue runs above and below the tree line. Skiers who are into schussing also have the chance to make a quick run downhill. Top of the mountain tends to get really cold so the mix of slopes above and below the tree line is a great addition to the overall experience.
Advanced skiers have the opportunity to ski across packed powder at piste number 75, which is also considered to be the most difficult run in Trysil and has a gradient of 45 degrees. This 2.5km black run is an adrenaline pumping experience for avid skiers and snowboarders who aspire to test their skills at a whole new level.
One of the major attractions of Trysil is its night skiing. The slopes are fully covered with floodlights that are in full bloom as soon as the sun vanishes behind the mountains. Night skiing is one of the most popular activities of the destination and is accessible for 3-4 days a week. Skiing under the Northern lights with an orange mist surrounding the whole area is once in a lifetime experience and is bound to make your stay absolutely worth it.
Along with the ability to ski at night, the slopes at Trysil are less crowded than the ones in Alpines. This means that most of the times you will have entire slopes to yourself, which is typically a rarity. Especially if you are travelling near the holiday season, such as Christmas or New Year, these slopes are a luxury.
Live the high life in one of Trysil’s eccentric resort hotels, hire a cabin if you are on a family trip or a modern holiday flat modified for lively people. There is something for everyone with dynamic living facilities for every leisure. Most of the accommodation in Trysil is situated right on the pistes and has Ski in/Ski out facilities. So whether you are there for skiing or not, you will end up Après-ski in your luxurious resort with the sun setting down on your face.
For preserving a high-quality experience for the visitors and reducing the environmental impact of tourism, Trysil was awarded the Sustainable tourism certification in 2013, which is a highly acclaimed accreditation among popular tourist locations. All the factors have systematically contributed in receiving this award for Trysil and comfortable accommodation has significantly made an impact.
There is something for everyone in Trysil as it has a wide range of luxury resorts, apartments, and single rooms. Based on the requirements and budget, there are multiple online booking sites where you can make your reservation in advance and avoid any inconvenience.
Everyone looking for Après-ski starts off at mid-station between the tourist bases and Hogegga. However, the busiest places are near the tourist center base and tend to get really crowded as the night falls. The weekends are super busy as the Swedes from across the border come to ski in the form of groups and sometimes stay for Après-ski, which is also good in a way as it lifts up the overall ambiance of the place.
One thing that you can be sure about Trysil is that eating and drinking will not come cheap. A pint of beer or a glass of wine will cost you around £15 -£20. This is equivalent to an upper mid-range restaurant in London. Therefore, it’s always best to bring along your favourite bottle of liquor from a duty-free shop and relish it in your resort. Still, some of the best bars to visit in Trysil include
It is located on the Knettsetra mid-mountain plateau between Hogegga and tourist base. Stallen is an ultimate Après-ski spot for young skiers who have a passion for live rock music. One thing about Norwegians that stands out the most is that they never get tired of rock and metal. They will keep singing and dancing to the tunes well into the night and you are bound to join them in their passion. If you happen to be at Trysil in April, you will have a chance to witness a 3-day afternoon and night concerts happening amidst thousands of skiers. In short, Stallen is a perfect place to just chill out during your long due holiday.
Price: NOK 76 FOR 0.4L beer; NOK 96 for 0.6L beer
Opening Times: Sun-Thu (11am-5pm); Fri, Sat (11am-7pm)
This is a perfect spot for families and friends at the tip of Radisson Blu who are into watching sports with a glass of freshly brewed beer. The ambiance is pretty unique and calm and sometimes live music is offered too. The variety of beer is also quite impressive. Don’t forget to get your children a mug of hot chocolate after a fun day of skiing. The best time to visit is probably after a round of night skiing as the floodlights offer an inimitable view into nature.
Price: 0.6L beer for NOK 80
Opening times: Daily – 11am-11pm
Laaven is one of the liveliest and oldest bar-cum-restaurant in Trysil. It is located almost 50m from the bottom of T2 Fjellekspressen chairlift. The place was constructed back in the 18th century and some of the signs are still there. Weekends are the busiest at Laaven and many assorted bars are set up throughout the vicinity. The place turns into a nightclub late on Saturdays and you can actually dance on the tables as a part of the tradition. The food here is also quite enticing and would leave you wanting for more. This is a place for you to be in case you are looking for some fun after a tiring day of skiing.
Price: Wine NOK 84, Beer NOK 79, cocktail NOK 112
Opening Times: Lunch: Daily (11am-3pm) Tue-Thu (3pm-7pm), Fri, Sat (3pm-10pm), Nightclub: Sat (10pm-2am)
Trysil, being one of the largest and most popular ski resorts in Norway, offers 66 slopes that are connected together by 31 lifts on 3 sides of the mountain. Apart from skiing, visitors can engage in many other activities, which will surely amplify the overall experience.
There is always something going on in Trysil, as there are many fun things to do for all age groups. Children can play at a Lego tent at the foot of the main slopes with a giant playpen, while families can enjoy dog sledging and sleigh rides through the woods and relish this natural wonderland.
Dog sledding is one of the most popular activities of the location. You can choose to drive your own sledge for a 20-minute to overnight trips, depending on your plans. Some of the resorts have partnered with Swedish adventure companies to provide their guests with a mesmeric journey through the Swedish fells over the border and back. This can prove to be an experience of a lifetime for your whole family.
The dog breeds include Alaskan and Siberian husky and are well-trained for the job. It will be hard for you not to fall in love with their friendliness and commitment.
Horse Sleigh rides offer you the chance to enlighten your soul with a scenic trip around the tree lines and the setting sun upon you. You will be all cosy under reindeer skins while breathing the fresh air. You can also camp in the woods with your friends, cook your meal and have a real camping escapade.
This is an ideal activity for families and kids. You can either take this challenge on your own or hire a guide. Tracks are built for you to hike to the top of the mountain where the view is unrealistic. There is nothing for miles on every side and the farthest you would see civilization is the base village, which is only 2km away from the chairlifts.
There is an indoor water park at the resort, which consists of a large main pool with currents, deep pool, 2 children pools and a Jacuzzi. Starting off your morning with a swim and a classical view out of the glass windows would get you warmed up nicely for the skiing runs later in the day. Another attraction of this park is a Flow rider where you could surf on artificially created waves. However, it has to be booked in advance due to high demand.
Skiing is one of the major attractions of Trysil, however, nowhere else would you be able to ski down the scenic pistes at night in the glow of the floodlights. Snowboarders also love this night time fun and join along with the skiers, which sometimes results in a healthy competition. This is also great entertainment for onlookers as they can cheer for their friends and family.
There is plenty to do if you are in Trysil. For skiing fans, the slopes are far less crowded than the ones in The Alps, which can be a great relief. SPA and bowling facilities are also provided for someone who is not into adventure but got dragged along with the family. In short, Trysil holds something for every penchant.