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Ski trail maps, new and old from Norway

Posted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:03 pm
by david-dermott
VIEWER WARNING: the images linked to here may be disturbing to some viewers.

Skiforeningen is the organisation that, amoung many things, manages
the ski trail network in Oslomarka (around Oslo, Norway). They have the
Marka Database https://www.skiforeningen.no/marka/ which has
extensive information about their 1365 trails, access points etc.

Here is an example map starting at the southern section of Nordmarka
https://www.skiforeningen.no/marka/tpl/?area_id=7. You can
zoom (+/-) and pan (hold and drag mouse) the map, it extends over 100 km to
the north (to near Lillehammer), and south to near Moss.


Here is a much older map from 1890- claimed to be the oldest
ski trail map
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bjerknes_skikart_1890.jpg

Note that it shows many of the same trails as the new map!

Re: Ski trail maps, new and old from Norway

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:02 am
by Magnus Johansson
david-dermott wrote:VIEWER WARNING: the images linked to here may be disturbing to some viewers.

Thanks for the links, David! The only thing I found disturbing is that so many trails are not groomed yet.

Re: Ski trail maps, new and old from Norway

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:20 am
by Neuro
Thanks for informing us about the old ski map from 1890. The world oldest it's said, amazing.

I've never heard about it before, but as you say, surprising large network of tracks even at that time. I see now the Frognerseteren area (top part of the Holmenkollen hill in Oslo) was sold to the city of Oslo the year before, 5 years after Skiforeningen (voluntary ski organization to promote skiing and public health) was formed, so I guess it's all connected. The metro line going up there soon followed. I use this straight from the center where I live, and can put on the skis 20 m from the station, it's so convenient.

The trail map of today is very good in that it's updated in real time as most prep machine (I believe even scooters) have GPS linked to it. Very useful to see where to go.

Not many groomed like you say Magnus, but quite a lot done recently. I've been out 5 times already. Yesterday most all melted with rain and wind, but more snow predicted.