There is a couple of things that makes Norway in a league of its own in regard to skiing; the Gulf Stream in the North Atlantic that keeps the temperature at a nice level just below freezing point most of the time, the coastal mountains that forces the moist air upwards, making the snow fall on the lee side and the low angle northern sun with to little radiation to interfere with the fluffy white powder in january and february. During march the sun rises higher every day - due to the high lattitude of Norway (Oslo is on the same Lattitude as Cape Farewell) - spring is coming fast, and the days get longer. The spring snow conditions are excellent and back-country skiing can be achieved as late as the end of June. We go skiing at every opportunity, on old worn out skis when the first snow arrives in october-november, in the soft light in short day december on the first loads of powder. On every sunny day (and there are many) after every fresh load of snow (there are also many of those) in january and february and partly march. Basking on sun warm rocks in the high grounds in april before cutting turns in the buttery spring snow. Skiing smooth spring snow (with the occasional fresh powder in the Northern aspects of the higher Mountains), glacier runs, peak bagging, multi day trips on the Jostedalsbre Glacier in may and june before finally putting our skis away.