Kvitfjell Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

Why Kvitfjell?

Kvitfjell is one of those resorts that is unknown in the UK and consequently very often overlooked and underrated. The piste map doesn’t give a true feel for the ski area. In reality, this is a resort steeped in history and world-class skiing. With plenty of terrain for everyone to enjoy from easy green slopes for beginners to advanced downhill designed for the world’s best skiers to compete on and there’s easy to access off-piste too.

Since it’s so often overlooked, you’re in for a treat as the slopes are uncrowded all season long. There’s next to no queues even on peak weeks and a great variety of terrain to explore. Whether you’re looking to ski for the first time or an adventurous skier looking for something different, there’s something for you to enjoy in Kvitfjell.

Five things we love about Kvitfjell

  1. The snow quality - One of Norway’s most snowsure destinations: consistently one of the first to open and last to close, Kvitfjell is a safe bet for snow all season. Since it’s quiet on the slopes too, the groomed slopes remain in superb condition and almost untouched all day.
  2. Uncrowded slopes - Even during peak weeks, Kvitfjell’s slopes are blissfully quiet. The wide, open pistes give you plenty of space for building confidence and enjoying the immaculately groomed terrain.
  3. The terrain - You can experience Olympic and World Cup standard downhill skiing, easily accessible off-piste or wide and gentle slopes for those just starting out, Kvitfjell has it all.
  4. Slope-side accommodation - The properties we feature are all ski-in ski-out and in a perfect location beside the lifts, ski school and rental shop.
  5. Easy to reach - An easy 2 ½ hour train journey direct from Oslo airport followed by a short 20-minute taxi ride and you’re in the heart of Kvitfjell.
Sunny Skiing In Kvitfjell
Sunny Skiing In Kvitfjell

The Skiing

There is some fantastic skiing to be enjoyed by all levels. We particularly love the empty slopes available all season, even during peak weeks. The slopes are immaculately groomed and since it’s so quiet they remain in great condition. The beginner areas are ideal for those who have never skied before with everything conveniently located on no need to rely on a ski bus to get around. For those who can ski already, there are wonderful wide-open slopes to carve your turns on. If you’re looking for more of a challenge there’s the World Cup downhill plus untouched off-piste.

The off-piste is easily accessible, perfect if you’re looking to develop your skiing and you will be surprised at just how good the off-piste can be. You can expect deep snow, brilliant tree skiing and terrain to satisfy even the most adventurous skiers. If downhill skiing isn’t for you there’s a great range of cross-country skiing right on the doorstep too, with over 600 km trails to enjoy.

Powder Skiing in Kvitfjell © Vegard Breie / Kvitfjell Alpinanlegg
Powder Skiing in Kvitfjell © Vegard Breie / Kvitfjell Alpinanlegg

Food & Drink

Midstation

  • Beite Restaurant & Afterski - a brand new restaurant at the base of the GudbrandsGard Hotel, it has a cosy ski lodge feel with a large menu including local dishes and pizza.
  • Koia - a traditional Norwegian cabin perched on the mountain just across from the GudbrandsGard Hotel and located close to the children’s ski area. Koia is renowned for serving gourmet sausages and goulash. It’s a popular spot for après ski too.
  • Skibaren and Lobbybaren - the GudbrandsGard's on-site bars - open for apres with 'ski bar dishes' and for post-dinner drinks by the fire.
  • Gildestua - this is where you'll have breakfast and dinner if you're staying half board at the GudbrandsGard - the three-course dinner menu is updated monthly to use seasonal ingredients.
  • Prepperiet - completely renovated for 2021/22, Prepperiet has become the GudbrandsGard's even restaurant, open one to three times a month for events and themed nights.
  • Kvitfjell Hotel Bar - a cosy traditional bar next to the Kvitfjell hotel where you can enjoy a drink with great views of the surrounding area and ski slopes.
Varden Restaurant in Kvitfjell
Varden Restaurant in Kvitfjell

Vestsiden

  • Gondolen Fjellbistro - completely refurbished for 2021/22, sitting at the base of Vestsiden right by the new Yttersvingen apartments, Gondolen Fjellbistro has more of a restaurant-feel with a new menu including cocktails - they're also now open for evening meals!
  • Varden Restaurant - opened for winter 2020/21, enjoy home-cooked food with seasonal ingredients at the top of the Varden area.
  • Lettvint Cafe and Bar - tucked away at the bottom of run 29, Lettvint is easy to miss but a treat to visit. A cosy bar with games includes shuffleboard, darts and hammer blow, there's also a unique second-hand shop - perfect for snagging a local Norwegian bargain!

Tyrihanstunet is a collection of log cabins located on the west side of the mountain which house a choice of restaurants and après:

  • Tyrihan's Skicafe - open for breakfast from 10am, it serves pasta and a selection of sandwiches and some more traditional dishes - we would recommend a skagen sandwich (seafood sandwich).
  • The Pizza House - serves a delicious selection of pizzas.
  • Fjøset - best for apres, the bar stays open until the last person is ready to go home.

Activities

Night skiing

Kvitfjell offers floodlit night skiing on Tuesdays and Fridays from 17:30 to 20:00.

Kids in Kvitfjell

There are two family areas, one just outside the GudbrandsGard Hotel and the second located on Kvitfjell West on the other side of the mountain. There are child-friendly lifts, a children’s snow park and a miniature “World Cup” run that’s timed and will take your photo at the end.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
December to late April
Nearest airport
Oslo Gardermoen
Flight time
2 hours
Direct flight
Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aberdeen
Transfer time
2.5 hrs by train and 20 mins by road (via Ringebu) / 1.5 hrs by train and 1 hr by road (via Lillehammer)
Transport
Train / car hire / private transfer
Elevation
Top elevation: 1,039 m (3,409 ft). Base elevation: 185 m (607 ft)
Vertical drop
854 m (2,802 ft)
Avg snowfall
1.5 m (5 ft)
Ski lifts
14
Runs
34
Grade
Advanced 35% Intermediates 40% Beginners 25%
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