About Holmenkollen

Holmenkollen is one of the most famous sporting arenas in the world and the single most visited tourist attraction in Norway.

For more than 120 years cheering crowds have celebrated unforgettable skiing moments in Norway’s national sports arena. The arena is once again getting ready to party with up thousands of visitors during the Biathlon World Cup final in March. We can’t wait!

If you visit us this season, make sure to visit the Ski Museum, and learn all about the Holmenkollen national arena and its history.
Everyone with a World Cup ticket get a 25% discount on the entrance to the Ski Museum during the event week. 

Ski Museum with new exhibition

On September 8th 2016, the Ski Museum opened a new exhibition called «Be prepared» – an exhibition about weather and climate changes.

Everyone cares about the weather. It is loved and hated and carefully taken note of. “But what is happening to our weather?” many ask. Where are the good, snowy winters, and why is there so much extreme weather? Or were winters always this bad? What is correct? Over millions of years, global temperatures have varied greatly, though slowly. Since 1850, however, man has increasingly affected the environment through industrialization and high CO2 emissions. This exhibition is a cooperation between the Ski Museum and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

In the exhibition you can face a heavy storm, predict the skiing conditions in a hundred years and see what you can do to help the environment on a daily basis.

History of the Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been at the heart of Norwegian skiing for over 100 years. The first ski jumping competition took place on 31st January 1892 when 12,000 spectators were present. The ski jump was constructed from branches and covered in snow. The longest jump was recorded at 21.5 metres and the first hill record was set by Arne Ustvedt. The King’s Cup went to Svein Sollid from Morgedal in the county of Telemark. The current record is 139 metres and was set by Andreas Kofler from Austria. The Holmenkollen Ski Jump is world famous and represents an international symbol of ski jumping and ski sport generally.

Since the first event in 1892, Holmenkollen ski jump has been re-developed on no less than 18 occasions. Even in its second year, work commenced on developing and improving Holmenkollen ski jump.

Facts about Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The ski jump was officially opened on March 3rd ,2010 and can boast the title of the world’s most modern ski jump. The start house soars around 64 meters above the ground and the construction comprises 100 tons of steel.

Inrun:
– The total length is 96.95 metres
– The steepest point is 36 degrees
– The height of the takeoff is 3 metres.
– The width of the track/track bed is 2.77 metres

Downhill slope:
– The hill size is 134 metres – the K point is 120 metres.
– At its steepest point it is 35.7 degrees, measured after 105.6 metres from the takeoff
– The angle of the hill size is 30.8 degrees.
– The width of the landing slope is 25.2 metres
– The height difference from the edge of the takeoff to the K point is 59.1 metres
– There are around 250 steps to the top
– Holmenkollen ski jump is situated approximately 375 metres above sea level.

Building materials:
– Tower/inrun construction in steel, grandstands in steel and concrete. A total of 1,000 tons of steel was used in the whole construction.

Developer:
– Oslo Municipality owns the facility and is responsible for its development

Architects:
– JDS Architects

Holmenkollen is the world’s most modern ski jump facility.
–  The newest ski jump in the world
–  The first ski jump in the world with permanent wind protection inherent to its design and construction
–  The only steel ski jump in the world
–  Cabin lift to the very top of the ski jump for the benefit of competitors, judges, press and public alike
–  The ski jump has permanent wind protection as an integrated part of the inrun construction.
–  New judge’s grandstand, new royal grandstand and improved facilities for the public.
–  Upgraded light and sound system

You can read more about Holmenkollen here at holmenkollen.com