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 every time! 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. Its reputation as the ‘Scandinavia Alps’ is well deserved. The impressive mountains rise steeply in contrast with the more gentle landscape of neighbouring ski resorts.

The Skiing

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.

When conditions permit, Hemsedal offers easily accessible off-piste skiing. It's perfect territory to advance your skills with plenty of forgiving terrain and the option to easily get back on groomed trails when you need a break.

New for 2014/15! - A brand new 4km ski slope into the heart of the village. For the first time this winter you'll be able to ski all the way back into the centre of Hemsedal.

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. See a selection of options here.

Extra Info

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.

By Andy Hemingway

Oslo City Add-On Combine your skiing holiday with a city break in Oslo, Norway's vibrant capital city.

Stay in Bergen Extend your trip with a visit to the historic cobbled streets of Bergen.