Geilo Ski Holidays

Norway Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Andy Hemingway

“As an ex-ski instructor with world-wide skiing experience, this is where I'd choose to take my family skiing for the first time - superb ski tuition, amazing childcare and genuine hospitality. What more do you need?"

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 10/10
  • Intermediates: 8/10
  • Advanced: 5/10
  • Families: 10/10
  • Nightlife: 5/10
  • Village Charm: 8/10
  • Affordability: 7/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 10/10
  • Sustainability: N/A

Season: Mid December - Early May

Nearest Airport: Oslo or Bergen

Flight Time: 2 hours

Direct Flight: Yes

Transfer Time: 3½ hrs by car or 4½ hrs by train/shuttle bus

Transport: Shuttle Bus, Rail, Car Hire

Elevation: 1,178 m / 3,865 ft

Vertical Drop: 373 m / 1,224 ft

Avg Snowfall: 1.25 m / 4 ft

Ski Area: 34 km

Ski Lifts: 20

Runs: 40

Grade: 6% advanced
39% intermediates
55% beginners

Why Geilo?

Geilo (pronounced "yay low") is situated on the edge of Norway’s largest National Park, the Hardangervidda, the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. Offering some impressive scenery this is one of Norway’s oldest and most famous ski resorts. The scenic Bergen to Oslo Railway line runs through the charming village which lies at an altitude of 800m. Despite this relatively low altitude, its geographic location and climate make it extremely snow-sure.

Great for Families

Geilo will particularly appeal to families and those looking for an overall winter experience with its great choice of winter activities and excursions including; horse sleigh rides, husky dog-sledding, night skiing, guided cross country trips, snowshoeing, ice fishing, Langedrag Nature Park & Mountain Farm and a Tree Top Walk/high ropes course.

The Skiing

On the slopes, Geilo is undoubtedly a great choice for newcomers to skiing/boarding with unintimidating and uncrowded slopes. The award winning ski school is especially focused on first-timers, children are extremely well catered for and all the instructors speak excellent English. Intermediate skiers will enjoy the wide open, uncrowded, cruising reds, the longest being 2km.

For those more experienced, whilst the runs are relatively short they’re particularly well prepared making it a great playground for honing skills. Indeed, Geilo regularly hosts ski team training and there are some superb terrain parks plus a few off-piste opportunities to challenge the more adventurous, although it is most definitely a downhill resort best geared towards first-timers and families.

By Andy Hemingway

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