Skiing for all ages in Norway Winter Wonderland

Skiing for all ages in Norway Winter Wonderland #1 by RennyBASkiing in Norway is our national sport and the most striking feature of winter outdoor activities. We start learning at an early age. I remember as a child, winter never stopped us from playing outside; hat hair, wet behinds from slipping in the snow, rosy red noses, shivering cold hands and snow in my jacket were all just a part of the season. I am really thankful to my parents who encouraged us to take part in outdoor winter activities and become interested in natural conservation and understand its importance. At that time I just thought of it as fun, but now I understand it also helps to improve our physical and mental health – even a moderate level of activity has a positive effect.
In that way, I had a quality time with my oldest son last week and I gladly take you along. Talking about starting at an early age: Let me first show you what caught my eye – and really took me down memory lane – when we started our ski trip from the local clubhouse:
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If not born with skies on, Norwegians learn to ski at an early age :- )
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This scene brought back childhood memories and since I now struggle a bit with my Parkinson’s disease, I was so happy to experience that I had learn the basics from when I was a child too!

Fighting Parkinson’s on skies:
I would like to start the story of our ski trip with the most important result: The recreational part – to improve my physical and mental health. On a beautiful sunny day with fresh, crisp air, it was great to take a break at a lake after some kilometers up hill. With a snack I had in my pocket (an orange and two chocolate bars), we sat down for a rest and a nice chat. The view was breathtaking and I am glad I can share it with you as my Nokia Mobile phone is capable of capturing it all in panoramic mode:
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Around 11AM and the sun is low on the horizon since it’s winter time – the darkest time of the year (6 hours duration in Oslo, Norway). If this isn’t wonderful scenery and an atmosphere to charge your batteries – then I don’t know what is!

Like I said: I was glad I still had the basic ski skills from childhood. It’s two years since I was last on skis when I got the diagnoses Parkinson’s – in addition to that I had a knee replacement about four months ago – so I have to admit my form has been better : -) But you can compensate quite a bit for being in shape if you have good technique, both on flat areas, up hills and especially down hills in (almost *LoL*) full speed:
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Skiing: The most wonderful outdoors recreation I can think of : -)
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The impact of Parkinson’s however feels like driving with the parking brakes on: Picture yourself driving like that and the wire from the parking brake is your body muscles – and they are stiff and tight as guitar strings. The effect of your engine, even on full speed, is relatively small and you have to use quite a lot of fuel to get going.
Let me add; it was my physiotherapist, who trains me 3 times a week, who came up with the idea. He is very supportive and focuses on my mental training as well. We often talk about getting me out of the role of patient and believe me: it worked on this ski trip!

Anyhow; it was a wonderful trip, and an outdoor adventure and I wouldn’t be without for anything in the world. Despite the struggle, I proved to myself that even if I have an uninvited “guest” (Mr. Parkinson) in my body; I am in charge and capable of doing the things that I like. I can still enjoy outdoor life, nature and improve my physical and mental health – and even better: to share these adventures and magic moments with my son!


  1. Dear Renny! I’m glad your attitude and see how good you are. Your positive attitude and good THROUGH transmits your blog and love it!
    You know I like always Oslo, snow, sun, rain, summer, winter always, the photos are beautiful.
    I wish you always the best to you and Diane!
    A big kiss

  2. i’m so glad you had a chance not only to enjoy this with your son but to prove to yourself you still can do it even if you have to modify and relearn just a bit. it’s good to get back to the things you love and as you said it’s good not only for physical health but mental as well.

    i have to admit i would provide only comic relief as a skier. i have only skied a handful of times and have had rather spectacular wipeouts even on easy hills. arms, legs, poles, skis all flailing wildly as i tumble down the hill. on one especially impressive fall a couple of guys in the lift called down in laughter, “TEN! WE GIVE THAT FALL A TEN!” what could i do but join the laugh. i pushed up, attempted a bow and went falling down again. too comical!

  3. I know first hand how much you enjoy the outdoors. I am really glad your son invited you out on this date and that you found the childish joy of skiing again :-) Good job!

  4. You wrote an inspiring post Renny. It proves that sickness cannot keep a person down and you should be proud of your achievement on the ski slopes. Your panoramic picture taken from your phone shows how beautiful your area is. I think just watching this splendid scenery would make one feel better.

  5. Hey Renny, what a lovely post and although we might not have snow here in Singapore, it makes me wanna try skiing if ever I get the chance to do it.

    Wishing you best of health always :D

  6. Enjoyed the read thanks. Stay strong.

  7. You’re childhood reminds me of my own here in Canada. The cold weather never stopped us from playing outdoors – in fact, the more snow the better! While I learned to ski as a young child (and still enjoy it) it seems to be loosing it’s popularity here with people preferring snowshoeing.

    I’m glad you had such an enjoyable outing with your son.

  8. This is such wonderful and great news, Renny. I LOVE that you can still do the thing(s) you most love. YAY for your upbeat and postive attitude. Hang in there.

  9. Great post Renny! I’ve sort-of learned to XC ski since moving here, and I really enjoy it…though I find it hard work! I think my technique is poor, that may make it a bit harder. So glad to hear you’re getting to ski, and I’m sure spending time with your son was extra-special too!

  10. I love skiing. And loved your blog so much. Great writing.

  11. Thanks for sharing this wonderful photos. Skiing is really a very enjoyable activity. And thanks for this very inspiring post. Keep it up!

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