at a glance...

35km of pistes
800m resort height
3 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Geilo resort overview

Orientated towards families with experiencing nature a huge part of the resort's appeal, Geilo has quiet slopes and stunning scenery with some of the most reliable snow in Europe - the season can start in September and go on till April. A year-round mountain village of 2,500 residents, the resort combines the fresh air and rugged beauty with a truly modern society offering an authentic Norwegian experience. An idyllic playground for outdoor adventurers.

The town is split between the two ski areas separated by the river and linked by a free shuttle bus. It's a surprisingly active town from cheese making to bakeries and sushi, something you only get from year-round activity and being one of Norway's oldest ski towns. Very welcoming and friendly locals from the bar staff to the smiling lift operators make skiing in Geilo a pleasure.

The resort also holds an award for sustainable destinations, it's always great to see sustainable practices at the heart of mountain regions.

Skiing in Geilo

The resort is marketed towards families but there's plenty of terrain for all levels and the fantastic snow means there's some great off-piste to explore for the more adventurous as well. The resorts 39km are split between two areas with an even split of green, blue, red and black slopes. The resort is definitely unintimidating right down to the four terrain parks suitable for varying levels; junior and beginners right through to experts. 

There's a separate children's area and fun slope for a relaxed learning environment and the ski school is English speaking. And as a resort for families and relaxed skiing, Geilo has opened itself up to welcome all with a progressive adaptive program for disabled skiers as well as hosting Down Syndrome activity weeks at the Geilo ski centre with skiing, sledging, dog sledding, bowling and many other activities besides.

If you're looking for some further adventure there are two nearby ski areas of Halligskarvet and Dagali for some extra skiing or perhaps trying your hand at kite skiing at the world-class Haugastol, hosting the snow kite world championships.

Après ski

Being a family-friendly resort the après is more chilled glasses of wine by the fire than dancing on the tables. That said, the weekends get pretty lively with numerous après ski parties cropping up in bars such as Havsdalskroa and Kikutkroa. But on the whole, the resort is a marvel of nature and experiencing this forms a big part of the après activity from dog sledding to sleigh rides, ziplining, rally car ice track driving, snowshoeing to the spa. You'll have a hearty appetite after all that, and most of the resort's restaurants and bars are clustered around the rail station so head to the area for some well-deserved grub.

Spectacular journeys to Geilo

In central Norway, the lively mountain town of Geilo is in an absolute sweet spot between two of Norway's most beautifully rugged areas of natural beauty; Hardangervidda Plateau and the Hallingskarvet National Park. Whether you come by road or by rail, there's easy access from both Oslo and Bergen along some stunning routes. Bergen is 239km to the west and the train line from Bergen to Geilo taking 3.5 hours passes through some of the most beautiful, wild and untouched nature in Norway. You'll witness several changing seasons between mountains, fjords and plateau in a single journey. Alternatively, Oslo is 219km to the east and whilst you can also catch a stunning train to resort driving along the national tourist road running beside the Hardangervidda Fjord is simply spectacular, around 3 hours drive in total.

Best for...

  • Short breaks
  • Groups
  • Ski in, ski out
  • Relaxing
  • Foodies
  • Families
  • Value
Accommodation in Geilo
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3* Bardøla Hotel and Log Cabins
3* Bardøla Hotel and Log Cabins

A forest retreat in traditional log cabins or a hotel room in the modern Bardola Hotel. Whichever you choose this is skiing in Norway at its best.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace
  • Pool
  • Sauna
  • Gym
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4* Highland Lodge
4* Highland Lodge

The Highland Lodge in Geilo ski resort has mountain views from the terrace and freshly baked bread aromas from the bakery each morning.

Features:
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Spa
  • Pool
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Vestlia Resort
Vestlia Resort

Right on the slopes, the Vestlia Resort in Geilo is a seriously stylish ski hotel with an award-winning spa, mountain views and delicious food.

Features:
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Sauna
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Geilolia Forest Cabins
Geilolia Forest Cabins

Log cabins in the woods, the Geilolia Forest cabins are self-catering cabins with log burners and private saunas next to the piste.

Features:
  • Doorstep skiing
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Sauna
  • Wifi
  • Car parking
More info

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Resort guide

Geilo

The resort
Resort Height - 800m
Highest point - 1,180m

Ski areaGeilo - 35km of piste

Slopes
Split across two ski areas there's a great mix of slopes for all levels. And being a family-friendly resort the kids fun runs are a great place to learn safely.

Green runs 23%
Blue runs 26%

Red runs 38%
Black runs 13%

Lifts - 22

Season length - September to April

Resort ratings
Beginners - 4/5
Intermediates - 3/5
Experts - 3/5
Snowboarders - 3/5
Families - 5/5
Après - 2/5
Scenery - 4/5
Eating out - 3/5
Off-slope activities - 5/5

Activities
Sledging | cross country skiing | night skiing | horse-drawn sleighs | snowshoeing | bowling | swimming pool | spa | husky dog sledding (5 different providers) | fishing | kicksled | fat biking | climbing park | snowmobiling | ice track rally car driving | zipline

Transfer time
Oslo - 3 hours by car or 3.5 hours by train
Bergen - 3.5 hours by car/train

Geilo area lift pass
3 day lift pass from £119
6 day lift pass from £195

Joe Digital Content Editor " Expert skiers and snowboarders are well catered for in the terrain parks and easily accessible off-piste, however, the pistes are less challenging." View Joe's profile
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