Holmenkollen Ski Slope

 

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I’ve never skiied. I’ve never even wanted to. The thought of balancing on two runners while I hurtle down a mountain terrifies me. And by “mountain,” I mean bunny slope. They’re one in the same to me.

So imagine how freaked out I would be to sail down Holmenkollen’s Olympic ski jump. When I think about it, I imagine tears, screams, and maybe a little incontinence. Of course, I’d never really ski down this ski jump, even if there had been snow.

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But I was going to experience it virtually on the Ski Jump simulator. The prospect of that was frightening enough. Unfortunately, the day we were there, they were having technical difficulty. I missed my chance to see what skiing like an Olympian would be like.

Instead, we explored the Ski Museum. It was a fascinating look at skiing through history and the advancements made to this Olympic sport. I was impressed, too, with the pictures of Norway’s King and Queen skiing. It let me see how ingrained skiing is within Norwegian culture.

So I missed my chance to ski like an Olympian, which was probably good. I’m not sure how I might have screwed it up and made a fool of myself, but I feel certain that even skiing virtually would have been too overwhelming for me. Let’s just say, I’m not Norwegian.

Would you ever physically or virtually race down an Olympic ski jump?

19 responses to “Holmenkollen Ski Slope

  1. I am right there with you – no thank you! I was a down hill skier until I experienced a pretty major accident and valued my brain/body too much to continue doing it so I switched to snow shoeing and cross country skiing. On the West Coast of the U.S. some ski resorts offer mountain biking in the Summer months and pretty much going to the top of a mountain and hurtling yourself down the mountain on two wheels. Again no thank you! Happy Adventuring – Enjoy πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, my goodness! I don’t know if I could even handle the simulator. Not the same thing, but it reminds me of those crazy ass slides at water parks that go straight down. I swear I always felt like I was going to fly out of those things.

    • Perfect comparison, I think. Water slides scare me. I rarely ever do them. I think it’s safe to say that I am afraid of anything going downhill and picking up speed. That includes walking. πŸ˜‰

  3. I think I must have been looking at the wrong picture as I read your post, Juliann. You mentioned a ski jump, but all I could see was a cliff face with a little flat part far, far below. πŸ™‚

  4. I’m not a downhill skier either, Juliann, although I have done a fair amount of cross-country skiing, but I think the virtual experience would be a blast. πŸ™‚ What the heck if you crash and burn! Woohoo! –Curt

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