Beitostølen year-round soap: Winter camping for most people
There are many notions of what camping life can be like in the winter. We are at Beitostølen Hytter og Camping to hear more about what the winter campers' have to say. It is in the middle of winter holidays and many families have traveled to the mountains. According to the ones we have met, the camping life in winter is very top. Here is a peaceful and idyllic place surrounded by beautiful nature, with a short distance to most of it.
The winter weather is just cold and it is a bit cloudy. Nils Dale, general manager welcomes you to the mountains. He is the owner and has operated the place for over 22 years. Nils says there is a change of families now during the weekend. Some come and some go since the winter holidays are at slightly different times in the different counties. -There are many who go to the campsite in winter too? - - "Yes, of course, there is good comfort and easy access to ski slopes, ski slopes, sledding and much more that draws guests back in winter. If you get tired of cooking the food in the carriage, you can stroll to "Hytta Mat og Vinhus" in the area. It serves a good mix of both short and long distance food. It is important that guests smile when they leave, "- says Nils and smiles.
The hike has started around the campsite to see if there are any families present who will turn off a chat. It is quite quiet for many are out in the ski slopes and in the ski track. Outside a nail cabin is lively activity. It seems that some have recently arrived and family members are setting up in place. Mom Nina, dad Thomas and Mia, 15, from Høybråten in Oslo have just arrived and are preparing for the winter holiday weekend. Big brother Kasper of 18 works and is engaged in Russian preparation and is therefore not with this time. - How many years have you spent here at Beitostølen? - "We have been vacationing up here since 1997," - explains Nina, and continues: - "The first years we were at Gålå before coming here. The carriage was set up here in 2001 and eventually we built on the nail cabin. It was pure luxury. In the first few years we came here to ice-cold caravans in -16 cold degrees without airing. It was a tough and cold start to the winter holidays. ”-
Camping in the blood
- You seem to enjoy the camping life then? Mom Nina smiles. - "No wonder Thomas and I met each other for the first time in our youth when we were camping with our families in Fredrikstad in the summer. So we certainly follow the traditions. "-" "I've been camping in the blood," - Mia breaks in and everyone laughs. Dad Thomas starts firing the grill on the patio and Nina and Mia disappear into the cabin.
- Can you tell us a little about what it's like to be in a winter camp? What preparations are required?
Thomas explains that it has become very simple now. They call the day before arrival and the campsite manager starts the heating. It is warm and good when we arrive. - "We always provide an extra gas bottle so we don't go empty. Otherwise, there is not much to think about really - except a little snowmaking then. Often, some snow must be taken off the roof and the doluka 'must be gullied. It needs to be cleared around the entrance and on the terrace so we can start grilling. "-
Good and warm
- "- Many people wonder if it is not very cold in a caravan in the winter, but it is good and warm," - says Nina as she comes out with cold and drinks to the gang. - "It was also a big improvement for us after the nail tent came up because we got so much better space." -
- What kind of heating do you use? - «in fires with gas in the nail tent and with electricity in the carriage itself. It's efficient and quickly gets heated. "- How often do you come here? Nina tells us that they are often here for autumn and winter holidays, Christmas and Easter. - "So it will be a lot of winter camping, since we are cross-country and downhill enthusiasts. It's a bit far away for us to be here only on weekends because of the kids and the absence of school, "- she smiles.
Grilling in cold degrees
The grill starts to glow and Nina comes out with the chops. - "It's a tradition to start the grill right away, every time we come up," - explains Thomas. - "Only real charcoal applies. We always grill chops and there is nothing like the aroma from the charcoal in the meat. It must have the flavor of the charcoal to make it perfect. Sometimes at Christmas I can get pretty blue on my fingers, for it will be grilled even though there are 20 blue ones out there -. We laugh and the grill manager sits down in the chair to monitor the food and enjoy an ice cold beer.
A different life
Inside the kitchen there is full activity in preparing the accessories for the barbecue. Mia curls up on the sofa in the dining area, while Mom is at the kitchen counter. How do you as a teenager think camping with your parents? - "It is very cozy and it will be a different life here than at home. The family is gathering more, because at home in the city we are more separate to each other and doing our own thing. At home I am and my brother is often in our rooms and everyone is doing their own thing. Here we are much more together. We cheat, play games or other things in the evenings and do activities together in the daytime. ”-
Well equipped kitchen
Nina thinks it's easy to do the same thing here at home. The family has a nice and well-equipped kitchen. - "We often sit here or in the living room inside the nail tent. The living room is spacious and we like to spend the evenings there and enjoy games or quizzes, ”- explains Nina.
- Do neighbors meet here in the area? The family explains that it doesn't get much social in winter because most people are busy with it. They meet well-known people in the ski track and in the ski slopes. In the summer people are a lot outdoors in the place, so it becomes more social. Thomas shouts from the terrace that the chops are ready and our visit is over.
Great to get your own permanent place
In the middle of a big snow pile is a little boy sitting and playing. - What is your name? - "Mats," - he says cautiously. - Do you have mom or dad inside? Mats runs in and takes out Mama Tina. The family has been in the toboggan run earlier in the day and just now returned from skiing. The Kjekshus family comes from Fluberg in Søndre land and consists of Mats of 7 years, mother Tina and girlfriend Øyvind. There are also four older brothers, ages 17 to 19, but they are not with this one. - How many years have you been vacationing up here? - "We've been up here for many years. We've only had this place for three years, "Tina replies. - "In the past we visited our neighbors from home who had a cabin up here and sometimes we had to borrow it. Sometimes we also rented a cabin here. It was wonderful to have a place that finally has its own. The best thing about everything is to have a fixed space to get to and in the summer we refurbished the interior of the nail cabin. Here we can have everything lying around and not have to carry everything up and down every time. Then it's nice to have a "handyman" even then, "- she laughs and looks away at Øyvind. - "But, I like to do most things myself," - she adds, and smiles wryly. Øyvind is in the background with several chores, while we turn off a chat. He comes away and is happy to put up with the family for the photographer.
Practical winter camping
- What do you think it is like to camp in winter? - "It's very convenient. We call and they warm up for us the day before we arrive. It means a lot. So we get away cheaply with some snowmaking when needed. ”Tina says. What about heating? - «We have chosen to use only electricity for heating the cabin and the carriage. It holds for us. By the way, they also have a good sanitation facility here in the camping area so we get washed clothes and you can take bath and sauna. ”- concludes the family
Fun in the snow
What do you like to do then Mats? - "Ake" - he answers as he digs hard up in the "snow pile". It should be a castle or a snow cave. It gets quiet from the "snow pile".
- "Akebakken is popular for young and old alike. It's close by, so it's easy to get there, "- adds Mum. - "Then we must stop at the Wafflebua. Isn't that right? ”- Mom looks at Mats nodding. Mats is also very fond of cross country skiing and soon they will try the ski slopes together. How often do you come here? - 'As often as we can. The space is amazing! Here, events are organized throughout the year, "- says Tina eagerly. - "It's so nice here in all seasons. We come here during the summer holidays and a lot in the winter. It is so organized in every way and an incredible amount to find. We use the Health Sports Center a lot when the weather is not so good. There are swimming pools and activities for the family. The city center is also not far away whether we should shop or feel like a trip. Greet the readers and say that winter camping is recommended, ”- she cries as the visit ends.
Beitostølen is a village and tourist center in Øystre Slidre municipality in Oppland county and is 900 meters above sea level. At Beitostølen there are many activities for young and old, both summer and winter. Here is one of the best Nordic resorts with miles of cross-country skiing. The ski resort has many slopes and ski lifts. For those seeking greater challenges, Raudalen is approx. 2 km away and has even steeper slopes than at Beitostølen.
Take a trip to beautiful Bygdin or experience Jotunheimen in wintertime, an adventure on fine winter days. Or how about a sleigh ride?
Beitostølen Hytter og Camping offers atmospheric tours with torches and dumbbells in the winter evening.
Try your fishing luck out on the ice during winter or summer. With its many fishing lakes, Beitostølen is an Eldorado for fishing lovers. You can also buy a fishing license at the reception.
If you want to try rafting you can take the road over Valdresflya and raft in Sjoa.
Beitostølen has a good selection of shops, night spots and restaurants. Something for everyone and everyone can find something they like.
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