In the spring of 2022, we started the hunt for people who, for one reason or another, were not quite friends with winter and snow activities. The aim was to give them a safe place to learn skiing, snowboarding or ice climbing. We believed that it would give them better prerequisites to enjoy the Norwegian winter, which can otherwise be very long and dreary.
The response was overwhelming! There are clearly many in the winter nation of Norway who feel that they were not born with skis on their feet. We selected a bunch of people who all had their reasons for avoiding the ski slope, but who had a clear desire not to put it off any longer. In this series, you get to hear their stories and follow them on their way out of their comfort zone. Do you feel alone in not being born with skis on your feet? Then you are guaranteed to find something to relate to here.
Skiing as part of integration into Norwegian culture
Deeqa, Ramya, Chrisa and Lolit didn't all know each other before filming started, but still shared a very similar story. None of the ladies were born in Norway, they moved here as adults. They are already well integrated into the Norwegian culture, language, friends and family, but one thing remains. They have a strong wish to learn to ski.
Tight finances and illness have put a stop to it
When Hilde alone adopted Thale in 2010, she was very fond of winter and skiing. But cancer and then tight finances meant that she did not have the opportunity to pass the skiing pleasure on to her daughter. The two have a unique relationship, and the relationship was further strengthened after Thale has been bullied at school for several years. All Hilde wants is to see her daughter experience a sense of mastery and have a "holiday" out of the ordinary.
Promised the family to join skiing during the winter holidays
Lise was 16 when she tried alpine skiing for the very first (and last) time 33 years ago. That time she panicked at the top of the hill and stayed there all day - until two strangers pulled her hat down her head, grabbed each arm and skied her down the hill. She still doesn't know who the "helpers" were, but thinks she would still be standing there if it weren't for them. Every winter the family gathers in the mountains, but Lise never joins in on the slopes. She has promised to change that for the next trip.
No more "ski day is free day"
In the childhood homes of Isak and Helen in Grønland and Grünerløkka in Oslo, there was never any doubt - ski day at school was a day off for them. Their parents did not think it was safe to send their children down the ski slope without the skills, so they were instead allowed to stay at home. This is how it is in the vast majority of families with an immigrant background, they say. They never learned to ski themselves, and now that they have their son Noel (6), the winter is very long when they can't enjoy themselves in the snow.
"Round like a weather balloon" and without balance
Rune himself claims that he is "round like a weather balloon" and lacks the belief that he can keep his balance all the way down a hill on skis. His children and wife, on the other hand, have faith and would love to have Rune join them on the slopes. However, he doesn't take himself too seriously, so he is happy to take one for the team, and is willing to let us "prove him wrong".
Want to learn for their daughter
Idris and Nurten never had anyone to teach them how to ski growing up. They both have Turkish parents who did not have skiing knowledge to teach, as many Norwegian parents have. Now they have got the ball of energy, Melissa, (4) together and would like to give her different prerequisites for learning to ski than they themselves had.
Coming December 11
Settles with childhood traumas on the slopes
Thomas's first ski instructor was his dad, who was a bit unpedagogical when Thomas was sent down the ski slope in jeans on his own. He never cracked the ski code and has avoided it until adulthood. Now he is ready to try again, and as a father himself now, he wants to give his daughter a slightly different start to her skiing career than he himself got.
Coming December 18
Wants to keep up with the grandchildren
Nils has been an active man all his life, both skiing and with other activities. After turning 70, it has become more difficult to keep up with the grandchildren on skis, especially after several knee operations. But Nils is not ready to give up quality time with them. This youngster therefore wanted to learn to ice climb, in order to be able to take the climbing-interested grandchildren with him on something new and enjoy the time together in an activity.
Coming December 25
Born with flip-flops on
Viviane and her friend Cintia from Brazil claim that they were born with flip-flops on their feet, not skis. In Viviane's case, it may feel even more so, because she has a Canadian husband who has more skiing experience than her. In addition, she has a young daughter who is always faster than her down the hill. Now she wants to replace her flip-flops with alpine skis and challenge her daughter to a speed duel.
Coming January 1
Turns down cabin trips with friends
Christopher loves to spend time with good friends out in nature, but when the snow comes, he always turns down the cabin trips his friends invite him on. It's not the desire to join that stops him, but he doesn't want to be a burden or hold the others back on the ski slopes.
Coming January 8
Tired parents of toddlers
Sara and Robert have the children Selma (6) and Ferdinand (3), and put behind them some tiring toddler years with little sleep. Robert has practically grown up with a snowboard on his feet in Kongsberg, where the interest in boards has always been great. He has actually especially ordered snowboards for the children all the way from the US, but has not yet succeeded in getting the whole family active during winter. Now they are ready to come out of hibernation and enjoy activities with the children and each other.
Coming January 15