Skiing wouldn’t be where it is today without the influence of Norway. All throughout the Middle Ages, wooden skis were utilized by the Scandinavians as a means of transportation. Then, around 1850, woodcarvers in Telemark, Norway, created the first-ever cambered ski, forever revolutionizing the sport. Even the word ski is a nod to the Norweigan word skíð, which means a split piece of wood. Norwegians are unabashedly proud of this heritage, so much so that skiing is regarded as their national sport.
As a result, Norway is a paradise for skiing, and we spoiled ourselves by filming in the country’s Shangri La: The Lofoten Islands. These untamed islands feel straight out of an Instagram influencers post—except they’re much better in person. This archipelago is nestled just north of the Arctic Circle and is home to a cluster of charming fishing villages. Jagged mountains rise straight from the water, meaning that the skiing always starts and ends at the ocean. Once you're completely exhausted from the day, kick up your feet and take in the view of the Northern lights. It's not a shabby way to apres.
Christina Lusti reaps the rewards from her long hike up. Ming T Poon Photo.
"It’s such a unique place with such a rich skiing history and really different terrain," explained Sage Cattabriga-Alosa. "Where else can you ski directly to the water and have ocean views no matter where you look?"
People move to Lofoten for access, but what keeps them here is the people. Lofoten is home to a passionate community, who thrives in this wild landscape. Our crew was lucky to be guided by Sjur Hauge of Northern Alpine Guides during our visit. This kind-hearted Viking helped the TGR crew tick off some incredible lines and enjoy Lofoten to the fullest.