|Sondre Norheim Statue|
In 1987 a statue by Norwegian sculptor Knut Skinnarland was installed at the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot. One year later, an identical statue was unveiled in Morgedal by King Olav V. In 1993 the Sondre Norheim Eternal Flame Monument was added to the Scandinavian Heritage Park. For more reading on Sondre, or to see pictures where he grew up in Morgedal, go to sondrenorheim.com
Our class will be taking a trip to Morgedal during the Morgedal Winter Games which last March 1-4. We will be there on Friday March 2 to enjoy Telemark skiing, learning how wooden skis and birch branch bindings are made along with other events. If you want to read more, go to Morgedal Winter Games.
The second part of our class resumed after lunch and we had quite a long ski excursion into the mountains surrounding Bø. We skied on the path we previously took until we came to a trail head when we had the chance to ski towards some paths that are light at night. We used the "Herring Bone" technique to scale up the hill, using the edge of the skis and your poles for leverage you are able to walk up steep trails and slopes.
|Looking up the trail to the lighted tracks|
Fifteen minutes or so passed and they had arrived, Tone, our instructor talked to us about how each Kommune is able to finance such lighted ski paths. Volunteers who keep them groomed and open each season play a big along with government financing. One third of the money comes from the government, often funded through the state owned gambling organization, another third comes from the local Kommune, and the last portion comes from sport clubs in the form of volunteering time and effort to setup the light poles and maintain the trails.
Our two instructors split us into groups and we did some relays where we paired up and we had to ski simealtaneously together, with ski poles like a chariot. The other relay required us to be blindfolded and follow the sound of our teams "chant" which I thought should be "quack". We ended up winning that event! It was great to have some fun in the nice clean mountain air after a long journey there but before long it seemed we had to pack up and go. We took an extremely steep trail out and it was difficult to maneuver because many people kept falling because all of the starting and stopping. Did I fall? Yes. Do I care? No. Did I get better at skiing and have a great time. Yeah!
|Would a ski excursion be complete without a jumping picture?|
Tone, our instructor even joined in, she in on the far right.
For those of you unfamiliar with telemark skiing techinuques, I found this helpful video.