Geilo Ski Holidays

As an ex-ski instructor who lived and worked in Geilo for five seasons, this is where I'd take my family skiing for the first time - superb ski tuition, amazing childcare and genuine hospitality. What more do you need?"
Andy Hemingway
Sales & Product Manager - Scandinavia
As an ex-ski instructor who lived and worked in Geilo for five seasons, this is where I'd take my family skiing for the first time - superb ski tuition, amazing childcare and genuine hospitality. What more do you need?"
Andy Hemingway
Sales & Product Manager - Scandinavia


Average: 4 (1 vote)
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  • Family Friendly
  • Village Charm
  • Non-Ski Activities

Geared towards families and first-timers, ski holidays in Geilo are an all-round winter experience that begins with a breathtaking rail journey.

For beginners and families, the conditions in Geilo (pronounced yay low) are world-class. The two ski areas of Geilo and Geilolia are linked by a shuttle, and boast unintimidating slopes, helpful lift attendants and an award winning ski school. Children under seven ski for free, and the crèche takes babies from six months.

Arriving on one of the world's most scenic railways makes a memorable start, with the Bergen to Oslo line stopping in the village centre. This makes it easy to add a city stopover, visit the fjords or experience the dramatic Flåm Railway.

One of Norway's oldest resorts, Geilo fringes the country's largest national park. Experiencing nature is part of the appeal, with dog-sledding, fat biking, ice fishing and a tree-top ropes course, as well as cross-country trails and the Langedrag Nature Park & Mountain Farm.

Most amenities are clustered around Geilo station. Restaurant-wise, there's plenty of choice, from pizzas to local game and seafood. Families love the Bowl & Dine, while après bars are busiest on weekends, and Off-Pist and Recepten are best for nightlife.

Every holiday is tailor-made, just for you.

Call 01273 224068 for advice from our ski specialists.

Resort Guide

Resort stats

Mid December - Early May
Nearest airport
Oslo or Bergen
Flight time
2 hours
Direct flight
Transfer time
3 hours 30 minutes / 4 hours 30 minutes
Car hire / Train
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
6% advanced
39% intermediates
55% beginners


Resort Map

Google piste view


With unmistakable Scandinavian style, the properties in Geilo and Geilolia range from ski-in ski-out spa hotels, to self-catering apartments and cosy cabins with log fires & saunas. Geilo is also home to the famous Dr. Holms Hotel, which is steeped in history and has excellent facilities.

We’ve stayed at or visited all of our Geilo accommodation options, so call us for advice and we’ll recommend the best ones for you.

Featured accommodation

  • Close to Ski School
  • Close to Slopes
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Half Board Available
  • Hot Tub
  • Pool
  • Ski-in Ski-out
  • Spa
A firm favourite among Ski Safari guests, Vestlia Resort does a fantastic job of appealing to families and child-free couples alike.


See our Geilo offers for some excellent savings and superb package prices.

Giving you the best available prices, the offers below are based on our lowest cost departure dates. We can save you money on many other dates and properties but we can't show every single offer here - for more options, please call us on 01273 224068 or request a quotation.


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16/03/2018 Tim Davies


13/03/2018 Gigi Ho

Wonderful resort for families who are on first ski trip. lovely wide slopes, efficient staff and fantastic snow! Geilo is quite a small resort so don't compare to the Alps. It is however perfect for families with young children who are just learning to ski. The wide slopes are perfect for gaining confidence. There are only 2 main chair lifts but on the Vestlia side but you can access most of the other more advanced slopes from the top. The only thing is there is only 1 main green run and the difference between this and the next 'easy' blue is quite a lot for new skiers which meant we did this green one numerous times with my daughter who was reluctant to try the blue. The other side of the resort is reached by a free shuttle bus but you have to be able to ski blue runs ( quite steep ) to use this half of the mountain, it has mostly T-bar lifts, we only ventured this side once as the timing of the ski classes mean you are limited with time to return to get the kids. Ski school is a little disorganised on the first day but then where isn't? The ski instructors are all very young but speak excellent english and looked after the kids well and by day 2 they were already on green runs and Day 3 my 7 year old was going off piste on blues between the trees !

07/03/2018 Paul Cann

A great alternative to the Alps if you want to avoid the crowds. Geilo is perfect for beginners and intermediates with a good range of slopes based on two sides of a valley which are connected by a frequent and free bus service. It has a small and walkable town centre with a few shops and restaurants and the handful of cafes on the slopes serve consistently good food. The atmosphere is laid back and friendly. A stress free option.

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