Oslo is to showcase its new ski jump at the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Feb. 23 to March 6.
The famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump has been rebuilt for the 2011 World Championships. Following an open architecture competition for the new arena, the winning design came from Julien de Smedt Architects. The new ski jump has a contemporary design and actually houses a ski museum inside it which presents a history of skiing over the past 4000 years.
All of the Nordic World Ski Championship events (the 21 cross-country, Nordic combined, and ski jumping) will take place at Holmenkollen's new National Arena. The arena features the Holmenkollen hill, the Midtstuen hill, and the cross-country stadium. The official medal ceremonies will take place in the centre of Oslo.
Oslo has hosted the Nordic World Ski Championships three times: 1930, 1966, and 1982. The main arena for these Championships was Holmenkollen, as it will be again in 2011. The historical Holmenkollen arena was also central when Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952.
The largest ski centre in Oslo is Oslo Winter Park Tryvann with its 14 slopes, six lifts, and one of the largest terrain parks in Norway.