Saturday, 7 March 2009

Week In Lillehammer Part I

I have just come back from a week long skiing trip in Lillehammer. Most will remember that this is where the Winter Olympics were held in 1994. And what a perfect place for it - lots and lots of snow. Which is so different from what we get on the west side of Norway. Here we get rain, rain, and more rain. So it was a nice change for all of us.

Below is the cabin we rented, which was more than big enough for the 17 family members that came along.




Unfortunately I do not have a lot of pictures of skiing - as a first time skiier, I was concentrating much more on keeping myself upright than taking great pictures. And it was also our children's first time skiing. So between me and the kids, my husband had his hands full!

But when we were not skiing, the kids had a great time playing in the snow. Below are all the children building a snow cave. Now this is something that is NEVER done on the west side of Norway. If we do get snow, it's so wet that I would never let my kids build a snow cave, for fear that it would collapse on them.








Here's the oldest cousin doing a lot of the hard work, digging out a pathway to where the door will be. Us adults are smart and are enjoying a well deserved break on the porch.



More digging and planning......



And here we are towards the end of the project, after all the snow from the inside of the cave was emptied out.



The door way.....



My two kids who were so happy with their new house that they were unwilling to leave it, even after the sun had set, the temperature had dropped and they were shivering.


So much snow is also good for flying lessons.
Ready.....




Set.......




Go!




More posts to come in the next few days....

8 comments:

Chichiboulie said...

gorgeous and so jealous. i grew up with snow similar to that (thought not ALL winter long) and miss it. I didn't realise that the west of Norway didn't get snow though.

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Meltem said...

I'm jealous too:) We didn't see snow this year here! So much fun for children! Great!

ArtMind said...

Haha, what a fantastic snow cave! I would love to build one too! :)

Kreativlink said...

Looks so fantastic! :)

Sigmosaics said...

sooooo much snow!! looks like the kiddies enjoyed themselves :D

look forward to reading more posts on your holiday!

ingermaaike said...

Fabulous cabin and kids play!

Star of the East said...

Cool snow cave! Looks like the kids had so much fun!