ÅSNES – The best skis for polar expeditions?
Åsnes is probably the ski manufacturer in the world that has had its skis on the most polar expeditions from the 80s until today. We have supported countless expeditions to Spitsbergen, Greenland, Alaska, Canada, the South and North Pole. The skis have also been used so many times to walk the length of Norway that it is no longer possible to keep count. Experience and testing from expeditions have given us what we today claim are the best mountain skis on the market.
We have collected the most interesting events and expeditions here, so that it should be easy for anyone to find. When we were to collect this information, we had to do a deep dive into Åsnes’ history and double-check everything against reliable sources from the Norwegian Polar Institute and sources outside the country. Therefore, this is not a complete overview, but we think it is interesting for those interested in Norwegian polar history and skiing tradition.
In the 80s and 90s, Åsnes skis were the only skis many expeditioners trusted.
In 2011, the anniversary year of Amundsen. Were several expeditions carried out to the South Pole. The Prime Minister went on Åsnes Ski to the pole point on the occasion of the anniversary.
The Telemark riders in Åsnes The team that raced down the underrun at Lillehammer during the opening ceremony of the 1994 Olympics rode on specially designed Åsnes skis while the crown prince lit the fire. You can still find the clip in NRK’s archives (13 minutes into the video).
Per Einar Roth (born 1959) was the team leader of the Åsnes Team and was, together with Åsnes, central to gaining momentum in the telemark environment and the restoration of the telemark race “Galdhøpiggen Ned” in the 80s and 90s