Gausta ski holidays offer everything you'd expect in Norway - exceedingly high levels of service, ski-in ski-out accommodation, family-friendly facilities, terrain for all abilities and an excellent ski school. But there are a few things that set it apart from the rest...
Towering 1,883m into the sky, the iconic Gaustatoppen mountain comes into view as you approach the resort and never leaves your sight. The views up are impressive, but from the top they are astoundingly beautiful. And the best way to get there is up through the mountain itself!
Take a train 850m into the centre of the mountain before changing to a funicular for a 1,000m, 39° ascent. Originally built as a top-secret military listening post to spy on the Russians during the Cold War, it is a phenomenal feat of engineering that would take pride of place in any Bond villain’s lair. In keeping with the theme, once you reach the top, the best way down is the ski down from the summit, enjoying Bond-style off-piste with epic scenery.
If you’re interested in history, Gausta is located in the Telemark region of Norway, widely regarded as the birthplace of both modern skiing techniques and equipment. The area also played a pivotal role in the Second World War when Norway was occupied by the Germans.
The key site of which was the hydroelectric power plant at Vemork, a UNESCO Industrial Heritage Site just down the road from Gausta. As well as a marvel of engineering, the daring story about the 1943 sabotage of the heavy water plant here featured in the 1965 film 'The Heroes of Telemark', starring Kirk Douglas.
The founder of Gausta Ski Resort, Olav Svartdal, starred as Kirk Douglas’s stunt double in all the skiing scenes that feature in the film. With the proceeds from this, he was able to build the main hotel in the resort which was recently refurbished to a high standard in 2022.
The hotel and resort continue to honour Olav Svartdal’s original values: warm hospitality and sharing the area with those who love nature and skiing.
It's easy to extend your Guasta ski holiday with a city-add on in nearby Oslo or the arctic city of Tromsø.