The tower of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Lillehammer

The tower of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, Lillehammer

A ski lift (seated) runs from the bottom of the ski jump area to the jump tower at the top of the largest hill. From the open terrace at the top of the jump tower, one can enjoy a panorama view of the entire town of Lillehammer, Mjøsa lake as well as the amphitheater at the bottom of the ski jumps.

The Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, the most prominent of all the Olympic Park Facilities, consists of two jumping hills of 90 and 120 metres. The tower of the biggest ski jump is open to the public and has a terrace with a panoramic view of the town. The stands around the ski jumps, with a capacity of 38 000 spectators, form an amphitheater and was used for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. The jumping hill chair lift gives you a feeling of what it is like to soar above the Olympic ski jumps. The lift is serviced both from the bottom and top stations.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies took place at Lysgårdsbakkene during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. Currently, the venue is often used for different events for a wide range of groups as well as event that have included international scout camps, music corps festivals, rally World Championships and many others.

This is a popular stopping point for tourists, who also enjoy the downhill ski and bobsled simulator located at the bottom area of the ski jump arena. From a distance it can be seen in a way that the viewer experiences as being a part of the landscape.

There is an alpine downhill and bobsleigh simulator on the landing area of the ski jumping hill. Charge down the downhill course at Kvitfjell, or take a trip in a virtual bobsleigh down the Bobsleigh and Luge Track – all in safe and comfortable surroundings. The flight-simulator movement, combined with the visual images projected on a giant screen, offers a realistic and hair-raising experience. The simulator takes up to 10 persons at a time, and the “ride” lasts 5 minutes.

Take the chairlift up to the top and enjoy the view from the Ski Jump Tower. During winter the chairlift, ski jump tower and simulator are only open for groups by appointment. During the summer months the Olympics Rings are visible on the hill, providing an excellent visual effect. In addition, the jump records for each hill are marked. The smaller of the two hills is fitted with a porcelain track and a special plastic landing area for jumping during the summer.

During the planning of the venue, emphasis was placed upon contouring the construction to be a natural part of the terrain – to show respect for nature and to honor the natural division between nature and man made structures. The permanent part of the venue is com posed primarily of natural stone and untreated concrete.

The concrete has been treated with iron oxide in order to promote a visual blend of with the surrounding landscape. The desire to have a construction truly in unison with the landscape was the driving factor in all parts of the venue. Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jump Arena is located just further up the hill from Håkons Hall and Stampesletta, approximately 1 kilometer from the center of town, well within walking distance.

Lillehammer Olympiapark owns and runs the Olympic facilities in Lillehammer and responsible for post-Olympic use and commercial development of five Olympic facilities:

Address and Contact:
Lillehammer Olympic park / Lillehammer Olympiapark AS
Håkons Hall
Postboks 183
N-2601 Lillehammer, Norway
Phone: +47 61 05 42 00
Fax: +47 61 05 42 01
The tower of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Facility - Lillehammer Ski Jumping Arena

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