Freeriding, terrain parks and pistes
Freeriders who venture here will find some okay tree riding and some good powder, the majority of this can be found around the top section of Trysilfjellet where there are some good open freeride zones. This is all dependent on snow cover though as not enough and your base will feel it.
The black runs which run up from Hogegga offer the best boarding for good intermediates and advanced riders. Good steeps and numerous jumps present themselves on the sides of the pistes, especially when you criss-cross the seemingly unused mogul run in this area.
Freestylers of all standards are well catered for in Trysil with beginner, expert and pro lines that are placed at different areas of the mountain. In total there are three parks, a boarder cross zone and freestyle areas for children. Trysil really has spent a lot of time on its freestyle scene and it shows ensuring that everyone from total beginners to pro riders will be happy in the parks here.
The many pro-boarders who come to Trysil to train, film and get ready for their next big competition are testament to how good the parks are here. In the past the resort has featured in high profile events such as the qualifying rounds to the Artic Challenge, Burton's Slopestyle, and the Norwegian halfpipe Championship! If you are really wanting to explore the freestyle scene the ski school has specific freestyle lessons to help you progress.
If the whole park thing just reminds you of banging your shin against a metal rail & falling on your ass, then Trysil can help out. Like any good decent resort, the park here offers something for the beginner whether it's an easy on flat box or nicely carved basic jump. Although, if you've just come out of the Knettsetra for lunch and sampled the expensive alcohol, you might as well go large and take it all on!
The pistes in Trysil offer a variety of terrain that will suit riders who love to carve, wide pistes of varying difficulty and length mixed with a modern lift network that whisk riders quickly around the resort make Trysil a great place to practise your turns.
Intermediate riders will find the runs down from Skihyatta Express 1, 2 and 4 will offer a nice challenge without offering anything too severe, combined these with a mixture of the blues and reds on the lower slopes pistes particularly 61, 62, 77 and 79 and riders can achieve some long descents.
Beginners and early intermediates will also find these lower slopes are the best terrain for them to perfect their carving technique. The bottom two thirds of the mountain also offer protection when the high winds and white outs happen up top. Lower down the tree line protects form the elements keeps with wide, well-groomed and easy to navigate, pistes The top third of the mountain in comparison is somewhat featureless but more expansive and offer great views of the surrounding area.
For confident riders the Hogegga area offers the most challenging terrain with a good selection of blacks but these are rarely too steep and those confident on European reds will be fine here, if you really want to challenge yourself take the H3 two man chairlift and ride piste 74 this is the resorts steepest run with a 45 degree piste angle. This is one to tick off if you are looking for steep terrain.
First timers and riders in their first few weeks of snowboarding will love the wide gentle learner slopes of Trysil, that said lower down the mountain riders will need to use a mixture of T-bars and poma lift however these are all on wide slopes so are as snowboard friendly as I possible.
Those who are confidently turning should head up the T1 and T2 the Fjellekspressen and Liekspressen chairlifts as these lifts offer access to some wide tree lined slopes where you can really learn to carve. Blue pistes 61 and 62 are particularly forgiving for early riders and long enough to keep things interesting for those gaining confidence. Strangely the higher you go, the easier things get, notably at the top section of the slopes, where a wide open snow field opens up above the tree line.
From Trysil Hoyfjellssenter the F13 button lift is relatively easy and gives access to piste 66 which is a really fun forest run to build confidence on, after a few laps of this you can take a gentle green to chairlift F2, for those who have found some confidence this will take them to the top of the mountain where they can take the long green piste 48 back to the hotel. This may be a challenge for total beginners but those with some experience can really get a feel for the mountain up here, with epic views across the Trysil landscape.
Both sides of the mountains, Trysil Hoyfjellssenter and Trysil Turistsenter have easily accessible learner slopes with close proximity to the Trysil Guidene ski schools who will be able to arrange lessons, you won’t struggle to get one either as Trysil Guidene prides itself on been Norway’s biggest and best snowboard school. As well as beginner friendly lessons they can also cater for those wanting to brush up on new skills, such as freestyle lessons or 1 to 1 lessons.
On visiting the ski school we found a large selection of friendly instructors offering a large choice of lessons. If you are putting little ones on the slope then they will also be will well looked after with specific Valle nursery areas these are easily noticeable due to the giant snowman mascot who adornes everything and goes down a storm with the little ones whenever he is spotted round the resort.
From a beginner point of view the resort has certainly developed in all the right ways over the last few years, where as the summit could only previously be accessed by a mixture of gruelling T-bars and pomas, beginners now have the choice of going up the new S1 or F2 chairlift, where they have a choice of pistes. Green piste 48 winds down gradually to the wide beginner slopes of Trysil Hoyfjellssenter and is great for those starting to links turns. When you have a bit more confidence an early evening descent is particularly recommend with the twinkling lights of chalets lower in the valley make for a particularly impressive sight.