Excellent options for accommodation and skiing, with lively après thrown in too.
- The Hallingdal mountains offer skiing for all abilities, on Scandinavia's highest lift-served slopes.
- Small village feel with a good choice of accommodation and lively après at the weekend.
- Largest children's ski area in Norway, featuring free ski passes and helmet hire for under sevens.
With tricky black runs, accessible off-piste, and superb beginner and intermediate terrain, Hemsedal has a great mix of skiing in dramatic mountains. As always in Norway, the pistes are perfectly groomed and, if you prefer taking it easy, the quiet slopes are great for cruising and working on your technique. You can choose to stay up the mountain at Skarsnuten, or near the base of the slopes where there are some apartments and cute little cabins. The town is a couple of kilometres from here but, wherever you stay, you can expect a lively week - this is the après capital of Norway.
Each of the villages offers something a little different. In Skarsnuten you’re perched on the side of the mountain. The views down through the valley will have you snapping away with your camera, especially if you get a good sunset or sunrise, which are common. Ski down to the base of the slopes and the little village area has apartments and cabins, all within a snowball’s throw of the ski lifts.
Hemsedal has a small village feel, but with sushi places, traditional Norwegian restaurants and some nice lounge bars it’s a small village with great food and nightlife. The ski school is as good here for beginners and intermediates as you’ll find anywhere in Norway. Plus, the harder runs and off-piste make it a great place for aspiring experts.
It's even easy to get around town thanks to the 4.5km blue run that links the ski area to the main village. It's one of the longest runs on the mountain, and a great home run for those staying at the Skogstad Hotel - who can ski back to the hotel at the end of the day.
Top 3 accommodations in Hemsedal
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Alpin Lodge and Apartments
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