Are you interested in visiting Norway for a ski holiday? Then read our guide for more facts and information on Norwegian Ski Resorts...
Norway is a popular place in Europe for ski enthusiasts. It has magnificent mountains and beautiful scenery. There are many resorts of varying sizes in Norway. Below is our guide to some of the best ski resorts that Norway has to offer.
Norwegian Ski Resorts
The best, most popular and well known ski resorts in Norway include Norefjell, Lillehammer, Trysil, Kvitfjell and Hemsedal.
The famous ski resort of Lillehammer is located at the north of Norway’s largest lake, Lake Mjosa. It is a popular resort for cross country ski enthusiasts as it is close to some of the best cross country trails in Scandinavia; Sjusjoen and Nordseter. Lillehammer is just under two hours away from Oslo. Some of the hotels you can choose from in Lillehammer include the Radisson Blu, Clarion Collection Hotel and Molla Hotel.
Kvitfjell ski resort is located north of Oslo, close to Lillehammer. Norway’s largest newspaper ranked this resort as the best alpine ski resort in 2011. It is not a large resort, with only 6 lifts and 20km of downhill slopes. The Norwegian word ‘Kvitfjell’ means ‘white mountain’ in English. It is famous for hosting the 1994 Olympic Downhill Run. A ski day ticket at Kvitfjell will cost an adult around €47.
Hemsedal is located in the Hallingdal Valley, about 3 and a half hours north of Oslo. It is considered to be one of the best places to ski in Norway because it is well equipped for families with children, and it has one of the most consistent and highest levels of snowfall in Europe. It is the second largest ski resort in Norway with 48 slopes. For snowboarding enthusiasts, Hemsedal has 5 fun parks which include big hits, half pipes and fun boxes. It also has 4 excellent restaurants.
Norway’s largest ski resort is Trysil, only two and half hour’s drive from Oslo. It boasts more than 70km of runs and 65 slopes. One of the reasons for this resort’s popularity is because it has one of the best ski instruction schools. It offers many kinds of accommodation, including hotels and cabins. The restaurants here offer many kinds of cuisine, including local and international foods.
Norefjell, which is located on one of the biggest mountains in Norway (in the Scandes Mountain system), is a resort that is just 100km north from Oslo. In 1952 it hosted the alpine skiing events of the Oslo Olympics. Norway’s only ski flying slope is located at Norefjell. But it is one of the smaller Norwegian ski resorts, having only 10 ski lifts. While visiting the Norefjell resort, you can also enjoy some luxurious spa treatments at the Quality Spa located at the resort. Equipment rental ranges upwards from £61 (depending on age and duration).