Soria Moria best on food for the world’s best skiers

The Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre won the "Enough of the right food" competition held during the trial World Cup. “We appreciate the great effort made by all the hotels toward our food project. Getting enough of the right food is essential for athletes,” says Bente Rafen-Sparby, hotel and hosting manager of Ski-VM 2011.

Approximately 580 competitors and support staff from 24 countries stayed in five hotels in and around Oslo in connection with the trial world championships (World Cup) in Holmenkollen during 13 – 14 March: Quality Hotel 33, Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Scandic Sjølyst, Radisson Blu Nydalen and Soria Moria Hotel. 

The athletes and their support staff in ski-jumping, Nordic combined and cross country were asked to fill out a questionnaire to provide feedback on whether their hotels provided nutritious, varied and attractive food, and in adequate quantities.
“All the hotels had a very high score, but Soria Moria managed a narrow victory,” says Rafen-Sparby.

Salads and muesli
The Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre had 92 athletes from Norway and the United States as their guests.
“We served, as we always do, varied buffets, but had extra focus on salads, cereals and bread. We also had a muesli buffet which was open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. because it is important for athletes to eat often, says Chef Thomas Bongard at Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre.

Ski-VM 2011 is committed to taking athletes seriously, and satisfying their requirements and expectations towards food and meals are a central part of this commitment. Ahead of the trial world championships all athlete hotels therefore took part in a conference where nutritionist Christine Helle with Olympiatoppen and former elite athlete Bente Skari gave lectures on food, nutrition and performance.

“We were very happy to win the “Enough of the right food” award. All employees are really excited about this, and it is a great source of inspiration looking forward to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships next year,” says booking consultant Veronica Karlsen at Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre.

For more information, please contact
- Chef at Soria Moria Hotel and Conference Centre: Thomas Bongard, tel. +47 23 22 25 60,
- Hotel and hosting manager of WSC 2011, Bente Rafen-Sparby, tel. +47 917 73 033,