Friday, October 4, 2013

5 reasons why Norway should be the king of Ski resorts

We’ve all heard the story of the forgotten King. Wandering around anonymously in exile, with no one the wiser to the regal blood that courses through his veins. Well, in the case of ski resorts, that King is Norway. Skiing in Norway was once; one of the most popular destinations in all of Europe, but then all of a sudden it became unheard of. What little people knew about it was mostly negative. But Norway is making a comeback with the Crystal Ski reselling it. It is trying to return to its throne at the top of European ski resorts. Long Live the King: 5 reasons why Norway should be back at the top of that throne

  1. Norway Invented Skiing- Although, this isn’t one hundred percent proven, Norway has the strongest claim for inventing skiing. We know for certain, that skiing originated in Scandinavia and of all the countries in that region; Norway has the strongest historical links with it. Even if it didn’t invent skis or skiing, it definitely invented modern skiing. Both the telemark turn and the stem Christie turn were invented in the land of the midnight sun and both have had a major impact on skiing.
  2. No Lift Queues- What’s the most annoying thing about skiing? Odds are that it’s waiting to ski. Getting up all excited for a day of carving some fresh pow pow, only to have to wait forty-odd minutes in a queue for a lift. So, shouldn’t your king’s kingdom be somewhere that is lift queue free. That alone is enough of a reason for Norway to be the king of skiing.
  3. Norway loves skiing- They say the best type of leadership is a benevolent king. Well, if Norway was the king of skiing you would have something pretty close. The country absolutely lives for all things ski related. For them it is a weekend activity that everyone does. On lunch breaks, in the city, you can see office workers taking to the cross country ski tracks dotted in the parks. Skiing is that closely entwined into their culture.
  4. Long Seasons- Any skiing Kingdom should be rich in powder, and for a good period in the year. Norway has some of the longest seasons in Europe. They can start as early as October and it can last until late April.
  5. Their resorts are all about skiing- If there is going to be a king of skiing, you would want his kingdom to be purely focused on carving pow pow, wouldn’t you? A place of skiing purity. Not lined with spas and high end boutique shops. That is exactly what Norway is, a back to basics resort that is all about exploring the mountain on two pieces of wood.
  So there are five reasons why Norway should be the king of skiing. It is a place that lives and breathes skiing. If it had a few more challenging slopes you wouldn’t claim it was the king of the ski resorts, you would claim it was a ski resort god.   Authors Bio: Martin is a travel enthusiast who likes to spend his winters up a mountain and his summers on a beach. You can follow all his travel related views on twitter @martinnolan7

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