Kjelke Kjøring and Butt Racers

Monday, 2 February 2015

Norwegians have about 50 billion different words for a toboggan type thing.  This is to adequately describe all the different types of apparatus that you can drive uncontrolled down a steep slope into a snow bank (in the best case scenario), or tree (in the worst case scenario).  

Today we tried one called a Kjelke - a type of toboggan with a steering apparatus and a brake.   Next to the olympic ski-jump is a nice steep slope and a ski-lift dedicated to dragging the toboggans up the hill (with you in it), so that you can fly back down. It was a little bit expensive ($100 for an hour for all of us - maybe that wasn't so bad really), but in any case it was great fun. 


Which brings me to the other type of apparatus every kid between 5 - 15 and lots of grown-ups seem to own to use to get around town (bearing in mind that most of the pavements are covered with squished down snow - the 'One Foot'.  

It's the snow equivalent of a razor scooter except it would be a lot lighter to cart around when you weren't wearing it. People walk around the supermarkets with them in their shopping baskets and according to Dorte, they are used a lot in lunch times at school (as well as getting to and from school of course). Fun.

A lot of older people use something called a  'Spark' or kick-sled to get around town.

There are as many people using them now as there were in 1991 I recon, although I was disappointed to see the Lillehammer postmen no longer use them - they use tripod motorbike things now.  The spark is great as it's a fun snow & ice toy, but it also acts as a shopping trolley (for taking stuff home) and a bit of a walking frame for the elderly on the slippery pavements.  You can buy them from every sports shop.  I used to take little Bjørn home from Kindergarten on one of those.

Then there are many many other toboggan type contraptions which seem to be found in every garage and/or snow-covered garden in Norway which I have never seen at home.  We had fun in Drammen with something called a 'rumpe racer' (translated to Butt Racer) and it looks like a plastic plate with a handle - they seem to be a staple ingredient of tobogganing fun.  

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Goodbye Drammen & Norway Friday, 13 February 2015
Putin the Norwegian Forest Cat Thursday, 12 February 2015
Goodbye Geilo Thursday, 12 February 2015
Ice Fishing - what's not to love.. Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Remains of the day Tuesday, 10 February 2015
Mountain Views Monday, 9 February 2015
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Lessons Saturday, 7 February 2015
Ice Music Festival Day 2 Saturday, 7 February 2015
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Drammen to Geilo Friday, 6 February 2015
I can't believe it's come to this.. Thursday, 5 February 2015
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Kjelke Kjøring and Butt Racers Monday, 2 February 2015
Norwegian Forest Cat - update Sunday, 1 February 2015
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Yes. We should all move to Lillehammer. Sunday, 1 February 2015
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Hurtigruten: Day 7 & goodbye Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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Hurtigruten: Day 4 - part 2 Sunday, 25 January 2015
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Hurtigruten: Day 3 Friday, 23 January 2015
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Hurtigruten: Day 1 & 2 Friday, 23 January 2015
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Going Undercover.. Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Beautiful Bergen Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Norwegian Breakfasts Tuesday, 20 January 2015
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Ski Audit Saturday, 17 January 2015
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