People working in the winter sports industry and those looking to hit the slopes are hoping for a more typical season this year after the last one was disrupted by a mix of local and national Covid-19 restrictions. The ski lifts remained open during the 2020/2021 ski season, but it was a far from typical winter on the slopes.
The Covid rules in place meant depending on where you chose to ski, restaurants could have been closed, shops would have been closed and the sale of alcohol at après ski events would have been banned.
This is in addition to the use of face masks in certain areas and rules such as social distancing limiting the number of people on ski lifts and in gondolas and non-residents and citizens being barred from entry. in the country during the second half of the ski season.
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The government has lifted most of the latest Covid measures, like social distancing, left in the country at the end of September.
This means it will be more or less as usual on the slopes this year. Some elevator operators may choose to retain rules on gondolas and chairs, such as capacity limits and social distancing. However, if infections continue to drop, this is unlikely to happen.
For many, skiing isn’t about skiing, it’s about après-ski. This season, it looks like a return to normal for après-ski venues across the country. Last year there were capacity limits, rules on ordering food for alcohol consumption, social distancing rules and fixed designated seats in place, which meant a Norwegian après ski typical was not a possibility throughout the season.
This year, with most measures scrapped, that should mean a more typical après-ski experience.
As mentioned earlier, it was virtually impossible for tourists to come to Norway to ski last year. Seaside resorts in south-eastern Norway usually receive a large number of Swedish and Danish visitors. This year the rules for who can come and ski in Norway will likely be more relaxed.
Holders of an EU vaccination pass can enter Norway without restrictions or requirements, meaning travel to Norway will be business as usual for many.
Currently, anyone within the EEA (EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) can travel to Norway for any reason. Plus, they won’t need to be tested 24 hours before they leave for Norway, reducing costs and logistics.
There are still quarantine requirements for parts of Europe, but the dreaded quarantine hotel seems like a thing of the past. You can view Norway’s quarantine rules here.
Travel for people outside the EEA is still limited and only residents, citizens and immediate family and partners of those living in Norway can enter from non-EEA countries. This is likely to change throughout the winter, so make sure you stay up to date with the latest rules.
Sessongkort- Season pass
Skiheis– Sski lift
Skill- Ski slope
Langrenn– VScross-country skiing
Slalom / Alpint- Alpine skiing
Staver- Ski poles
Født med ski på beina- Born with skis on his legs