Published: February 2009
The Sea-to-Slope Tour
Norway: The birthplace of downhill brings you the sport’s next big thing.
Text by Zack Braunstein

Skiing wasn’t invented in Norway, just perfected here. This is the birthplace of the telemark ski, where Stein Eriksen showcased freestyle to the world. Heck, even the word "slalom" is Norwegian. But until recently it took a native to navigate the fjord-carved coast and find the best runs. Now anyone can do it using the Hurtigruten ferry line ( and Scandinavian guides Alpine Legends (six days, $4,400, all inclusive; The reward: Norway’s five best powder stashes.

Voss Resort Fjellheisar
With 12 lifts, 25 miles of alpine runs, and 12 miles of XC trails, Voss is one of Norway’s largest resorts (day pass, $48; It’s just 1.5 hours from Bergen, starting point for the ferry, and 20 minutes from the lakeside Park Hotel Vossevangen (doubles from $227;

Strandafjellet Skisenter
Stranda is Norway’s powder mecca. Take advantage of the Alpepass, which lets you access five ski centers, including Stranda and Stryn (two days, $76; In the evening, defrost in the sauna at the Stranda Hotel (doubles from $176;

Stryn Skisenter
With great off-piste skiing (think Silverton, Colorado) and nary another soul, Stryn is Norway’s hidden gem. Cozy Vesla Pensjonat is known for its carb-crazy breakfasts (doubles from $132;

Glomfjord Alpinsenter
Home to the only commercial snowcat operation in Norway, Tverrfjell overlooks the stunning Glomfjord ($7 a ride; +47-9154-0866). The nearby Glomfjord Hotel is the preferred skiers’ crash pad (doubles from $140, breakfast included).

In Narvik, 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle, make good use of what little light you have. Narvikfjellet has six lifts, 13 routes, and 3,000 feet of vertical drop ($43; The Meteorologen Ski Lodge, in neighboring Sweden, specializes in the country’s namesake massages (doubles from $308;