Skimuseet i Holmenkollen/Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower
The views of the cityscape and harbor alone could almost convince me to pursue a career in Norway’s most spectacular sport, ski jumping…almost. Above Oslo sits Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower. The ski jump, now on its 18th iteration, accommodates the changing needs of the sport including a higher start and a longer landing slope.
The Jump Tower is anchored by the world’s oldest ski museum, Skimuseet i Holmenkollen. Having skied for most of my life, I think their collection captures some of the best ski moments. At the Holmenkollen Ski Museum we walked and read about how skiing is deeply rooted in Norwegian culture and history. It was interesting to see how skiing transformed from a necessity to a sport along with the many ski shapes and styles.
For the very first time in Winter Olympics history, women will be competing for a chance for Olympic Gold in ski jumping. In my eyes, all the women ski jumpers at Sochi have already won. As we navigated through the exhibits, our hearts raced faster. We knew our time to head to the Jump Tower was nearing. As the elevator climbed to the top, the voices in the cab hushed. We had arrived. From atop the ski jump, we could see the Oslo Fjord and down upon the city. While we were pushed around several times due to high winds from an oncoming hurricane, it was breathtakingly beautiful. It goes without saying, the most exciting part of the Holmenkollen Ski Museum is the Jump Tower. That said, since I can still get amazing views from the Jump Tower as a museum guest, I’ll leave the ski jumping to the professionals.
Skimuseet i Holmenkollen/Holmenkollen Ski Museum and Jump Tower* Kongeveien 5, 0787 Oslo, Norway * +47 916 71 947