The Oslo Vinterpark lies just outside of the Norwegian capital, offering residents the jealousy inducing opportunity to spend almost 5 months of weekends and evenings (and day times if you’re skiving off) Skiing or boarding it’s perfectly groomed slopes.

It’s the dream!

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The Oslo Vinterpark

With the promise of snow just a short hop from the centre of a European capital city, I figured why not, and booked the short 2 hour flight from London Heathrow over to Oslo.  I also roped in @thecounterintuitive for good measure.

We knew from the off that this trip and snowboarding the Oslo Vinterpark was in no way going to resemble our past experiences of snowboarding in Valmorel and Pas de la Casa, but for 2 days it was nye on perfect, the piste map showed a healthy mix of blues and red, there was onsite hire, and there was even a snow park to practice (falling off) boxes and rails.

… and as per the Vinterpark website, all of it was just 30 minutes from the city. WIN!

… in reality it was more like an hour, but we’ll come to that later.  It was still awesome!

Oslo Vinterpark

Proximity to Oslo city centre (to and from)

So yeah, 30 minutes became an hour in reality, but the journey from our Airbnb up to the slopes of the Olso Vinterpark via the T1 metro and a short walk was really quite enjoyable truth be told.  The views from the metro especially.

Anyway, the key thing to remember here is that, should the snow have been rubbish, we’d have an awesome city to explore instead. Of course if the snow was good, and it was, we were only a metro ride away come each morning.  As I said, it was the dream and I can only wish that London afforded such snowboarding opportunities … Hemel and MK are indoors and so don’t count.

Whether the extra 30 minutes travel time vs the advertised time bothers you, you should know that the metro/walk combo is by far the cheapest way to get from Oslo city to Oslo Vinterpark.  Even Uber couldn’t compare, as it came in at 10x the cost.

Better serve the environment by using public transport and then stretch your legs  It’s what the locals do, and y’know, do as the locals do.

Getting to Oslo Vinterpark

Getting to Oslo Vinterpark

Getting to Oslo Vinterpark

Snowboard Hire

The single hire shop up at the Vinterpark is well run, offering a good selection of skis and boards, boots, helmets and lockers. In the same building you also pick up your lift passes.

Queues to sort our equipment were minimal considering we were visiting at a weekend.  Language was not a barrier and everyone was really friendly.

The hire shop is hard to miss should you enter the Vinterpark via the metro/walk.

Snowboarding Oslo Vinterpark

Snowboarding Oslo Vinterpark

On the slopes

The Oslo Vinterpark is not massive, but has plenty to keep you occupied for a day or two, if not more. It’s stacked with jumps, boxes and rails, and has a nice mix of runs … although the grading of said runs seemed a little off to be, but nether the less, they were off a good standard, groomed fresh every morning. 

As alluded to above, the slope grades all seemed a little off to me, with reds more like blues or blacks, and the single black run more like a red.  They’re we all interesting and fun though.  The slopes without jumps and rails seemed a lot lot quieter in comparison to those which contained obstacles.  The locals love a challenge it appeared!

Over the course of the weekend I don’t think we ever queued for a lift for more than 2-3 minutes.  Most of the lifts were 4 seaters, which was great for us as snowboarders.   In fact the dreaded button lift was only spotted on one occasion … and given a seriously wide berth.

Food and drink on the slopes appear to be in short supply. The apparent trend was to bring your own and leave your lunch bag in a self designated ‘safe’ zone along with tens of other bags. Where food and drink are served, expect the big prices i.e £10 for a burger and soft drink.

Oslo Vinterpark

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Oslo Vinterpark Half Pipe

Oslo Vinterpark Half Pipe

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Apres Ski

On the slopes of the Oslo Vinterpark there was no, I repeat NO boozing whatsoever. A lunch time tipple was a non goer. In truth that’s probably a good thing, but I just wanted to let you know in case you were looking for a slope party, this is not the place.   

Spending an evening in Oslo city centre is good fun. The Opera house by nights offers some nice views, and we stumbled across a great jazz bar called ‘Bare Jazz’, a record shop and bar combination which I would highly recommend you visiting.  But again, it was not the mountain type party scene you may be used to.  Food wise of an evening my compatriot and I kept it simple with a burger, but there looked to be some nicer options around if you’re wallet could cope. 

If you are willing to swap a party on the slopes for a party in Olso, a night going out out (click here to understand more about how going ‘out out’ is different to just simply going ‘out’) will set you back a pretty penny, and by that I mean a pint is around £8-10, however you may feel you’ve deserved at least one come a full day on the slopes.  Exactly how crazy the party gets in Olso I’m afraid I do not have much info more you, being old and set on not missing a minutes opportunity to snowboard, I didn’t stay out passed bedtime.   I did make it to the Oslo opera house though, a great spot!

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bare jazz Olso

Oslo opera house

Oslo opera house

Oslo opera house

Top:  Bare Jazz record store and Bar

Left: Oslo opera house

Spend Report

Now this was never ever going to be a budget trip, but that was never going to stop me from mapping all of my costs as per usual.  And so I can now divulge the cost of a weekend visit to the Olso and the Oslo Vinterpark …

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 ~Rates~ 10.31 1.00 1.16
Essentials
Flights (return from LHR) 360.85 35.00 40.60 Saved £100 by using 13000 avios
Apartment (2 nights) 515.50 50.00 58.00 Saved £100 (£50pp) by using Airbnb credit
Winter sports insurance (2 days) 103.10 10.00 11.60
Friday
Train from Oslo airport 96.00 9.31 10.80 NSB Train
Dinner 270.00 26.19 30.38
Saturday
Breakfast snacks 100.00 9.70 11.25
Metro to Oslo Vinterpark 33.00 3.20 3.71 T1 metro line
Lift Pass 430.00 41.71 48.38 Would have been cheaper to buy a 2 day pass
Hire – board + boots + helmet 410.00 39.77 46.13 Would have been cheaper to hire for 2 days in one transaction
Lunch 100.00 9.70 11.25
Metro back to Oslo city centre 33.00 3.20 3.71 T1 metro line
Dinner 199.00 19.30 22.39
Drinks 100.00 9.70 11.25 Bare Jazz bar – highly recommended
Sunday
Breakfast snacks 60.00 5.82 6.75
Metro to Oslo Vinterpark 33.00 3.20 3.71 T1 metro line
Lift Pass 430.00 41.71 48.38 As above – Would have been cheaper to buy a 2 day pass
Hire – board + boots + helmet 410.00 39.77 46.13 As above – Would have been cheaper to hire for 2 days in one transaction
Lunch 100.00 9.70 11.25
Metro back to Oslo city centre 33.00 3.20 3.71 T1 metro line
Train to Oslo airport 96.00 9.31 10.80 NSB Train
Total 3912.45 379.48 440.20

If you read the notes in the above relating to flights and accommodations you’ll notice that I saved £100 on my flights and £50 (pp) on accommodation by utilising airmiles and credit earn through referrals.

So while MY total came in at £379.48, if you wanted to undertake this same trip but without the use of miles or credit, you’re totals would more likely resemble £529.48

Now I know what you’re thinking, thats a tad steep. Yeah a little, and for the same amount you could easily snowboard Bansko (Bulgaria), Jahorina (Bosnia), Krvavec or Vogel (both Slovenia) for a week, and in relative luxury.

Your money, your decision.  Would I have paid £529.48? Having now had the experience I would argue it was worth it.  Would I have booked in the first place without having the airmiles and credit in place, maybe not.

Could I have done it cheaper?

Whether I paid £379.48 or £529.48, the question remains, could I have done it cheaper?

The answer, Yes, almost certainly.

Going out to eat and drink on both nights of our trip probably set me a back in excess of £60, and £20 of that went on 2 pints. As per usual, buying food and drink in a supermarket and then eating back at the Airbnb would have saved a small fortune. 

That’s the obvious stuff though. Outside of food and drink the other way I might have saved some money would have been to buy both days lift passes and hire together at a discounted rate. The only reason I didn’t do this and instead spent more than may have been necessary was because buying lift passes day to day allowed for flexibility in our plans. Had we known at the start of the weekend that the conditions would have been near perfect, I dare say we WOULD have bought the lift passes together.  But with uncertainly around conditions it made sense to play it day by day and afford ourselves to see Oslo as a city had the snow at the Vinterpark been rubbish.  A smart idea I think, and one of the perks of a city ski/city snowboard trip.

Where in the world?

Where in the world?

As per above, the Olso Vinterpark is roughly 60 minutes from the city centre, but first you need to make it to Olso city centre.

To and from the airport I would suggest the train to Olso. There are two trains, both taking around 20-25 minutes to reach central station, but one costing double what the other does. For that reason I would suggest getting the NSB train. It was clean, comfortable and had wifi, and as mentioned was half the price of the other train service. 

Oslo Vinterpark

Oslo Vinterpark

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