at a glance...

52km of pistes
620m resort height
3.5 hours transfer time
All levels great for
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Hemsedal overview

Hemsedal's wooded mountains are often referred to as the Scandinavian Alps with the highest lift-served slopes in Scandinavia. The ski area is split across three peaks above 1,000m and all are interlinked by 52km of piste. Whilst the Hemsedal ski area is not as big as some of its European counterparts it's still plenty big enough.

You can ski back to the main town on the banks of the river Hemsila or there is a mid-mountain village, built in 2003-4 that host most of the accommodation and the whole place is ski in, ski out. Hemsedal is a very family friendly ski resort, yet at the weekend the bars can get pretty raucous. When it comes to après, the party often starts up on the mountain and carries on back down in town.

Skiing in Hemsedal

With 52km of empty pistes and a very respectable 830m vertical descent, Hemsedal has more than enough skiing for a weekend or even week-long break. The majority of the terrain is suited for intermediates to explore at their own pace with 20 lifts serving the resorts 50 pistes.

Beginners will revel on the wide green runs and families will love the largest children's area in Norway at the base of the resort. Lift passes are free for children under 7 years old. So perfect for getting their first ski legs at the same time as saving a few bob.

For advanced skiers, the real joy lies in the off-piste with bags of mellow powder to explore, the more challenging routes are best enjoyed with the help of a guide. The off-piste is a real draw to the area and the family-friendly nature of the resort means it's untouched powder for far longer. There's also a floodlit snowboard park and 2 smaller parks to play around in.

Après ski in Hemsedal

For a small resort, the après scene in Hemsedal packs a real punch. Whilst mid-week it may be a quaint and quiet place, at the weekends the resort ramps it up a gear with boisterous après up in the mountain village before the party makes it's way back down to town. The resort is predominantly on the single street so it's not hard to see where the lively action is - which also means you can easily avoid it as well. Depending on how you see your evening going.

What we like:

- Almost empty slopes, even during peak season the slopes don't get crowded
- Quality and reliability of the snow is fantastic, with the season starting in November, Christmas skiing is a joy here
- Lively après scene, especially at the weekends
- Family friendly resort with plenty of activities for children, they even get Skistar goody bags on arrival

Worth knowing:

- December has short days - 7 hours of daylight means it may be dark for breakfast but you'll be skiing by 9am and they use the floodlights to keep the slopes open in the evenings
- By February you have 9 hours daylight which is similar to France
- In March you're looking at 12 hours of daylight which is more than the UK

Best for...

  • Groups
  • Après
  • Ski in, ski out
  • Families
  • Value
  • Relaxing
Accommodation in Hemsedal

Accommodation is split between the ski in, ski out mountain village and the main resort town. The Sentrumslypa piste links the main town to the ski slopes so you can ski back down at the end of the day. Most accommodation has extensive spa areas for some post-ski relaxation. 

Whether you're staying in the mountain village or main resort there's a free ski bus that runs between the two, so there's no need to miss out.

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4* SkiStar Lodge Hemsedal Suites
4* SkiStar Lodge Hemsedal Suites

Ski in, ski out at the foot of the slopes, the SkiStar Lodge Suites are stylishly finished self-catering modern apartments in Hemsedal ski resort.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Wifi
  • Ski lockers
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4* Skarsnuten Hotel
4* Skarsnuten Hotel

A spectacular ski in, ski out location on top of the mountain, Skarsnuten Hotel in Hemsedal commands seriously stunning views.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Gym
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3* Skogstad Hotel
3* Skogstad Hotel

At the bottom of the piste, the Skogstad Hotel is in the centre of Hemsedal town with the lively Elgen pub and delicious Tapas Club.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Massage
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4* Alpin Lodge
4* Alpin Lodge

Up in the mountain village, the Alpin Lodge in Hemsedal has a ski in, ski out location at the bottom of the slopes. Your own space to ski Norway.

  • Ski in / ski out
  • Bar
  • Wifi
  • Ski lockers
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The resort
Resort Height - 620m
Highest point - 1,450m

Ski areaHemsedal - 52km of piste

Hemsedal has great terrain for intermediates to explore. Beginners will love the wide green runs and advanced skiers can hire a guide to get the most out of the extensive off-piste skiing available. The longest slope is a leg burning 6km with a vertical drop of 830m.

Green runs 46%
Blue runs 24%

Red runs 20%
Black runs 10%

Lifts - 20

Season length - November to May

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

Climbing park | Valle the snowman | children's daycare | swimming | bowling | snowmobiling | cross-country skiing | dog sledging | ice climbing | horse sledging

Transfer time
Oslo - 3 hours 30 minutes by car or 4 hours by train
Bergen - 4 hours 15 minutes by car or 4 hours 30 minutes by train

Hemsedal area lift pass
3 day lift pass from £137
6 day lift pass from £219

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