Tobogganing for Everyone in Oslo’s ’Korketrekkeren’!

KorketrekkerenTake the local metro to the top of the sled run, and feel the adrenalin rush going down at great speed. When you get to the bottom, you just get back on the metro to reach the top.

The sled run ‘Korketrekkeren’ (translated “The Corckscrew”) is located next to the original bobsleigh run built for the 1952 Olympics. It is lit up in the evening, and don’t be surprised to find that the adults are just as eager as the children!

Korktrekkeren is 1.24 miles (2000 m) long, and the elevation drop is 837 feet (255 m). One non-stop ride at full speed takes 8-10 minutes. The metro from Midtstuen to Frognerseteren takes 13 minutes.

Sleds for rent (Akeforeningen) next to Frognerseteren Restaurant, at the bottom of the hill from the Frognerseteren subway stop. Helmet rental is free.

History

Korketrekkeren is a tobogganing track and former bobsleigh and luge track in Oslo, Norway. The tobogganing track runs between Frognerseteren and Midtstuen and is operated as a public venue by the municipality. Return transport to the top of the hill is undertaken by riding the Oslo Metro’s Holmenkollen Line. Tobogganing in the area started in the 1880s, with several roads being used during winter evenings. Auto racing took place in the hill in 1921 and the following year it saw its first luge tournament. The first major tournament was the FIL European Luge Championships 1937. Tobagganing also took place in the nearby Heftyebakken, but from 1950 Korketrekkeren became the sole tobogganing hill and Heftyebakken was used for cross-country skiing.

KorketrekkerenThe bobsleigh track was built for the 1952 Winter Olympics, where it hosted two bobsleigh events. It was built as a temporary, artificial track with the curves being constructed in snow and then frozen hard to ice. Trial runs were undertaken in 1951 and the bobsleigh course was not used after 1952. Both Olympic events were won by Germany, with Andreas Ostler and Lorenz Nieberl participating in both winning teams. The tobogganing hill hosted the inaugural FIL World Luge Championships 1955, with Norway’s Anton Salvesen winning the men’s single—the only time in history Norway has won a World Luge Championships medal.

Photo on top by: Absolutnoruega.com, bottom photo by: Digitalmuseum.no

Source: Visitoslo.com, Wikipedia

Text modified by: Thor Bugge Lanesskog, ThorNews

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