Last Sunday, March 11th, the annual Holmenkollrennene (Holmenkollen Ski Festival) was arranged in Oslo. The festival is a traditional ski event, and has been arranged since 1892. It combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
This year, the organizers have been criticized for the extremely high ticket prices that resulted in a very low turn-up compared to the previous years. The ski festival has always been a major event for ski enthusiasts from all over the world. On last Sunday, only 7,000 people showed up at the arena that seats about 30,000 people.
A woman from Trøndelag County had to pay additional 112 dollars to bring her dog into the arena – the same as this year’s fee for adults! The price for children was 78 dollars. The Ski Jumping Manager in the Norwegian Ski Federation, Clas Brede Bråthen told that ‘he rather would bring his family to a top mountain resort and watch the ski event on TV, than to spend that kind of money in Holmenkollen.’
The organizers will investigate, and hopefully learn from this blunder so that the festival will regain its popularity among the audience.
Text and photo by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews