Kvitfjell

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Kvitfjell
Kvitfjell is located in Norway
Kvitfjell
Kvitfjell
Location in Norway
LocationRingebu, Oppland, Norway
Nearest cityLillehammer: 55 km (34 mi)
Coordinates61°27′N 10°07′E / 61.45°N 10.12°E / 61.45; 10.12Coordinates: 61°27′N 10°07′E / 61.45°N 10.12°E / 61.45; 10.12
Vertical   854 m (2,802 ft)
Top elevation1,039 m (3,409 ft)
Base elevation   185 m (607 ft)
Runs23 pistes
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 5 nursery
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 9 beginner
Tabliczka DK empty.svg - 6 intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 3 advanced
Longest run3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Lift system9 total
- 3 chairlifts
- 2 T-bars
- 3 telescopic lifts
- 1 belt lift
Lift capacity11,300 / hr
Terrain parks1
Snowfalllow
Snowmaking80% of pistes[1]
Night skiingTue, Thu (Dec), & Fri
until 8 pm, 2.6 km (1.6 mi)
WebsiteKvitfjell.no

Kvitfjell (Norwegian: White mountain) is a ski resort in Norway, located in the municipality of Ringebu.

Developed for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, it is one of the most modern resorts in the world, with snowmaking on 80% of the alpine pistes. Based near the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, the resort offers 23 pistes: 5 green (nursery), 9 blue (beginner), 6 red (intermediate), and 3 black (advanced).[2] Kvitfjell is also home to a terrain park and 120 km (75 mi) of cross-country pistes, with access to 480 km (300 mi) extra in Skei and Gålå.

1994 Winter Olympics[edit]

Kvitfjell is probably best known for hosting the men's and women's alpine speed events at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[3] Tommy Moe, an American of Norwegian descent, edged out home favorite Kjetil André Aamodt of Norway by 0.04 seconds in the downhill,[4][5] then was edged out by Markus Wasmeier of Germany by 0.08 seconds in the Super G.

Katja Seizinger of Germany won the women's downhill with Picabo Street of the U.S. a distant second; Diann Roffe of the U.S. took gold in the Super G. The technical alpine events (giant slalom and slalom) were held at Hafjell.

World Cup[edit]

Kvitfjell is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit, hosting men's speed events late in the season, and debuted in March 1993. The downhill course begins just below the summit and is slightly over 3 km (1.9 mi) in length.[6] Designed by Bernhard Russi for the 1994 Olympics, the challenging Olympiabakken course is well-regarded; after the Olympics, men's World Cup races have been held here every year since,[7] through 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kvitfjell.no - facts - accessed 2010-02-22
  2. ^ www.kvitfjell.no brochure
  3. ^ 1994 Winter Olympics official report. Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine. Volume 3. pp. 47-50.
  4. ^ "Americans just say Moe". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 14, 1994. p. C1.
  5. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 21, 1994). "The Son Finally Rises". Sports Illustrated: 20.
  6. ^ "Kvitfjell: World Cup downhill results" (PDF). FIS. March 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Kvitfjell - World Cup events". FIS-ski.com. Retrieved 19 January 2016.

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