Skis, songs and shots at a supremely Norwegian sports festival

OSLO – For 2 days earlier than this yr’s Holmenkollen cross-country ski races, Espen Garder took his distant conferences from a heated tent within the forest. Breaks got here just for lunch and battery charging at a restaurant up the hill.
Garder, 53, had arrived early to say a spot, not only for himself but additionally for the dozen Boy Scouts he leads. They’d be part of him for the weekend, desirous to sleep within the subfreezing temperatures alongside the 5-mile racing loop.

Hundreds extra followers, no much less excitable, would take day journeys on Oslo’s metro system to pack Holmenkollen’s ski space for one of many world’s most unbelievable winter sports activities festivals, capped by a weekend of cheering, ingesting and mania for cross-country snowboarding, which in Norway is one thing like a faith.

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