Hemsedal Ski Holidays

Norway Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Andy Hemingway

"For an early intermediate looking to stretch their legs on more challenging terrain I'd choose Hemsedal everytime! A great range of slope side accommodation means you really can maximise your ski time."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 8/10
  • Intermediates: 10/10
  • Advanced: 6/10
  • Families: 9/10
  • Nightlife: 7/10
  • Village Charm: 6/10
  • Affordability: 7/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 7/10
  • Sustainability: N/A

Season: 2 Nov - 1 May

Nearest Airport: Oslo

Flight Time: 2 hours

Direct Flight: Yes

Transfer Time: 3¾ hours

Transport: Shuttle Bus or Car Hire

Elevation: 1,497 m / 4,911 ft

Vertical Drop: 857 m / 2,812 ft

Avg Snowfall: 3½ m / 11½ ft

Ski Area: 47 km

Ski Lifts: 24

Runs: 52

Grade: 20% advanced
54% intermediates
26% beginners

Why Hemsedal?

Hemsedal is regarded by many as one of Norway’s best ski resorts and is made up of 2 areas linked by a ski bus: Hemsedal Ski Resort and the more sedate Solheisen Ski Centre in Grøndalen. Its reputation as the ‘Scandinavia Alps’ is deserved, not least for the rugged scenery, with the impressive mountains rising steeply in contrast with the more gentle landscape of neighbouring resorts.

On the mountain there are wide well groomed pistes suited to all abilities, plus some superb terrain parks drawing enthusiasts from all over. It actually lays claim to being the most photographed resort by the snowboarding press. There is even a green run from the highest point (1497m) leading all the way to the base, allowing confident beginners to ski from the top to the bottom, making it quite unique.

Off the slopes, Hemsedal has a fun party spirit, especially during weekends and holidays. For a relatively small village there are no less than three night clubs in its centre and a fourth up at the ski base. Not bad for a village that only has around 2,000 permanent inhabitants year round!

There’s a variety of self-catering options and a few small hotels, but what the resort does extremely well is high standard ski-in ski-out apartments and cabins. They offer superb convenience with great home-from-home comforts.

Excellent intermediate skiing, high quality rental equipment, fantastic tuition, long reliable snow season, uncrowded slopes, a modern lift system, great child care facilities and nightlife. Hemsedal has a lot to offer an improver skier/rider.