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Skiing in Norway is unlike any other European destination. Norway’s northerly latitude guarantees long, cold winters and plenty of snow, even at sea level. Most of the main resorts are in the hills of central Norway and unlike major European resorts, don’t have soaring peaks or spectacular scenery, just gentle rolling terrain with millions of trees and the occasional settlement. Peace and quiet is the order of the day in Norwegian resorts and one of the main attractions for anyone coming here is the fact that the slopes are so quiet. Lift queues are rare and the slopes are on the whole gentle, with a few challenges for more advanced skiers and if you like freestyle then some resorts like Geilo, Hemsedal and Norefjell feature excellent terrain parks.
Norway’s national sport is Biathlon, so if you’re after a real physical challenge then strap on a pair of cross country skis and you have thousands of miles of cross country tracks available. It’s hard work but some of the best exercise you’ll ever do! In the evenings, Norway’s main resorts are relaxed and don’t have any of the crazy après ski or nightlife of bigger resorts, but there are enough bars, restaurants and nightspots to keep you entertained.
Away from skiing, there are numerous activities you might want to consider. Husky rides, ice diving, snowmobiling and snow-shoeing are all available in the main resorts, and why not sample some of the alternatives too? From some of the main resorts, the famous Flam Railway, thought by many to be world’s most scenic train journey is accessible for a day trip and well worth the effort. You might fly into Oslo for your Norwegian ski holiday and if you do don’t miss the chance to explore this wonderful city too. From the bustling centre and the extensive shopping and sightseeing, to the jaw-dropping beauty of Oslo Fjord.
Norway isn’t easy on the budget being one of the world’s most expensive places to visit, but chalets and hotels booked as a package, or simple last minute ski deals to Norway tend to be good value – and prices aren’t actually that different to major resorts in the Alps. If you want a tranquil setting, gentle slopes, no crowds and the chance to ski somewhere that very few others will have visited, then Norway should be high on your list!
Altitude (m): 800
Highest ski lift (m): 1173
Total piste (km): 32
Geilo is centrally located in South Norway, 800 metres above sea level, half way between Oslo and Bergen. Geilo belongs to the municipality of Hol, the highest lying municipality in Hallingdal. With the Hallingskarvet mountain as its backbone and Hardangervidda, North Europe’s largest...