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NORWAY - FAB FOR FAMILIES - Emma Lewis, Trysil, Norway
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The Lewis family report for PlanetSKI from Trysil in Norway. So, what it makes it so special? Rather a lot it seems.



Myself, hubby Lyndon and our two girls Imogen (6) and Scarlett (4) headed to Trysil in Norway (pronounced 'Treesil') with Crystal Ski Holidays for the second week of the Easter holidays (8-15 April) earlier this year.

We figured heading north should be a safe option late season.

We'd also been lured there after hearing how great skiing in Norway is for young kids and beginners, with its gentle, wide slopes, English-speaking instructors and friendly atmosphere.

It sounded perfect for boosting their girls' confidence on skis - Imogen had been on a couple of ski holidays before; Scarlett had tried skiing for the first time the season before.

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And we lucked out!

It snowed during our 2½ hour transfer from Oslo to the resort, and the snow kept coming all the next day (but not to the extent that we couldn't ski).

The trees looked picture-postcard with their layer of snow and it really didn't feel like mid April.

Trysil, NorwayScarlett in the snow


























Trysil, NorwayLyndon and Imogen



























See here for more about Trysil: Norway - Home of Skiing.

The rest of the week, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the temperatures were very pleasant, getting up to around 10 degrees C in the middle of the day.

It was only on the last day that I noticed the snow on the incredibly well-looked-after runs getting a bit sticky.

We also lucked out with quiet slopes - most other countries, including Norway, were back at school this week.

We stayed up the mountain in a self-catering apartment in the ski-in, ski-out Radisson Blue Mountain Resort - not to be confused with the Radisson Blue Resort much nearer town, which is more suitable for those with older kids as it has some great facilities.

It has a FLOWRIDER surf wave pool, a rock climbing wall and is right beside a night skiing slope and two snowparks for practising their tricks.

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Trysil, NorwayDinner at the Radisson Blu



























The ski school was great  - though be warned parents who like the opportunity to ski sans kids for a few hours - the lessons last just 1 ½ hours.

We enjoyed skiing with the girls for the rest of the day, though, and the lifties were so patient, slowing down the button lifts to help the girls on.

The instructors were full of enthusiasm and spoke great English.

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The kids also loved the resort mascot, Valle the snowman, who kept popping up throughout the week with activities, such as treasure hunts, for the kids to take part in.

At the end of the five days of ski school, all the kids got to 'race' through poles and got a medal at the bottom - presented, of course, by Valle!

On our second day, we went husky sledding in the afternoon in perfect conditions.

Imogen's favourite dog is the husky, so it had to be done.

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Trysil, NorwayLyndon mushing


































Trysil, NorwayGirls with dogs


























And it lived up to expectations and more - both girls loved the dogs and the experience and Lyndon 'drove' a sled for the 40-minute duration of the exhilarating trip through beautiful wilderness scenery.

 I managed to sneak off one sunny morning for a pre-breakfast ski on beautiful, nearly deserted corduroy slopes. 

The resort offers this twice a week from 7-9am, and the deal includes breakfast at the Seterstua Restaurant on the slopes.

It turned out there were only 15 of us signed up that morning, and we had the run of six black runs to blast down - it was one of those skiing experiences you never forget... Breakfast has never tasted better, either!

For those worried about prices, Norway is fairly pricey for food and extortionate for alcohol, so pack as much food in your bags as you can - we packed a bottle of wine in a snowboard boot too!

There's a mini supermarket near the hotel, where we stocked up when we needed to.

We tended to eat breakfast and dinner in our beautiful, really spacious, modern apartment (with bunkroom for the girls, open-plan living and dining space, bathroom and double bedroom) and grab some lunch in a café up the mountain.

We ate the dinner buffet in the hotel on our last night as a treat, and although, not cheap, it was high-quality food (think mussels, shrimps, pickled herring, salads, hot main meals and an array of delicious puddings!), so well worth it for the experience.

There's also an indoor/outdoor pool and spa area in the hotel, which is discounted for guests and includes outside Jacuzzis overlooking the mountains - bliss!

On the last day, the girls were confident enough on their skis for us to ski to the other side of the resort, which we could do almost exclusively on lovely, quiet, gentle tree-lined green runs. 

It was a great adventure, fuelled by plenty of snacks and the girls had a great sense of achievement afterwards, seeing where they'd been on the piste map.

We'll have to start saving for a return trip this coming winter.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Crystal Ski Holidays (www.crystalski.co.uk; 020 8610 3123) offers a week's stay at the four-star Radisson Blu Mountain Apartments from £327 per person (based on four sharing).

It includes flights from Gatwick to Oslo and transfers (price given is for departure on 6 January 2019).

Direct flights available from all major UK airports.

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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