The idea for a Sons of Norway District 2 mountain recreation area germinated among the members of Cascade Lodge 2-087 shortly after it was organized in September of 1968. Certain preliminary investigations were led by the president of Cascade, Stein Andreassen. This idea was presented to the District 2 convention held in Bremerton in 1970. The proposal was adopted by the delegates who committed an initial $12,000 ($68,737 in 2010) to the project. District 2 President Edwin M. Bakke, of Poulsbo Lodge 2-044, appointed an advisory board consisting of Thomas A. Stang, chair, from Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001; Paul Korneliussen, District 2 sports director, also from Leif Erikson; Petter Dybfest, former sports director, from Normanna Lodge 2-003; Knut Lunnum from Odin Lodge 2-041; and Bernice I. Haug from Grieg Lodge 2-015, who was later replaced by Judy Paulsen from the same lodge.
On December 24, 1970, the U.S. Forest Service granted the working committee a ten-year special use permit for 12.78 acres of land near Stampede Pass for “constructing, using and maintaining a club site including lodge, bunkhouses, ski jump, and sports activities field.”
Jan H. Kiaer, an architect from Leif Erikson Lodge 2-001, was selected to design the new mountain hall in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In a district-wide name contest, Trollhaugen, submitted by Asbjorn O. Nordheim from Leif Erikson, was chosen for the new project.
Enough funds were raised through the sale of booster cards, buttons, soap, special events, and donations from most of the lodges in our district, for groundbreaking ceremonies to take place on June 25,1972. Construction then commenced. Project leaders included Edwin M. Bakke, Thomas A. Stang, the foundation was designed by Ole Krokstrand, and the roof framing by Trond Hagen.
At a vote of the district delegates in 1974 in Everett, Trollhaugen received permission to incorporate and also to borrow money in the form of bonds from members and the lodges. Articles of incorporation were drafted and accepted by the State of Washington in September 1975. The steering committee merged with the working committee. It continued as such until 1976 when the first Trollhaugen board of directors was elected at the district convention in Portland. The Trollhaugen cookbook (1976) created by Cascade Lodge 2-087 made its debut and was sold to help raise funds.
In January 1978, having completed the major portion of the construction, a caretaker was hired. Trollhaugen was made available for use by the members of District 2. The official dedication took place on June 24, 1979. Just a little over ten years later on August 19, 1989, the mortgage burning took place at the annual steak fry. Two saunas, the last two rooms, in Trollhaugen were finished in 1990.
There have been many dedicated workers. Some returned to Norway, some passed away, some became discouraged, and some remained from the beginning. The list is long. All were dedicated and sacrificed many nights and weekends. Chris Hansen of Cascade Lodge 2-087 was the one person who dedicated the most hours, working many weekends alone, and who finally coordinated all the efforts to bring Trollhaugen to completion.
The cross country ski tournament for District 2 is held at Trollhaugen in February of each year. Ski for Light often uses Trollhaugen as home base when teaching blind and mobility impaired persons to cross country ski during the winter months. The winter weekends are almost always full.
Camp Trollhaugen is held in July for teenagers between the ages of 13-15. A cultural and heritage retreat program for adults is also held at Trollhaugen, usually in the spring and fall.
Other activities at Trollhaugen our members enjoy are the steak fry in August, with the horseshoe tournament and family games. Hiking and orienteering are also popular during the spring, summer, and fall, with maps available from Trollhaugen. Just take exit 62 off of I-90 and head towards Stampede Pass. Turn left at the sign for Trollhaugen and go up the hill for a day or longer of rest and relaxation! Call 509.656.9997 for reservations!