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Hafjell Alpine Centre is part of Lillehammer Ski Resort, Norway - Photo: Esben Haakenstad/Lillehammer.com
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Hafjell Alpine Centre is part of Lillehammer Ski Resort, Norway Photo: Esben Haakenstad/Lillehammer.com

Winter in the Lillehammer region

Lillehammer is one of the oldest winter sport destinations in Norway and offers excellent opportunities for alpine and cross-country skiing.

The Olympic region can offer an impressive 5 alpine centres, at least 2000 kilometres of cross-country ski trails and a multitude of winter activities - outdoors as well as indoors. With its long winter and perfect snow conditions, it is an ideal training ground for clubs and associations as well as national teams and other elite skiers who will gather at Lillehammer every year.

Alpine skiing

Alpine skiing enthusiasts can enjoy well-prepared downhill runs in forest as well as high-mountain terrain. The Lillehammer Ski Resort lift-pass provides access to 5 alpine centres and a total of 92 downhill runs (117km of piste), 45 lifts and 6 terrain parks. Hafjell and Kvitfjell can offer family slopes as well as extreme runs of World Cup standard and Olympic quality, whereas SkeikampenGålå  and Sjusjøen are ideal for those who prefer skiing on a smaller scale. Park enthusiasts visiting the resort will find what is arguably the best total experience in the country. All centres feature modern and extensive snow-cannon facilities, and this ensures a long winter season with reliable snow conditions.

The centres are all between a 10-minute and a 1-hour drive from Lillehammer town centre, with excellent bus connections to Hafjell, Sjusjøen and  Skeikampen. Furthermore, the region features a vast network of cross-country ski trails, and is thus ideal for alpine skiers and Nordic skiing enthusiast who would like to holiday together.

Well-stocked ski hire facilities are available at each centre, and qualified personnel will be on hand to help find equipment suitable for your skill-level and discipline.

Cross-country skiing

If you enjoy cross-country skiing, Lillehammer is the perfect destination. The region can offer every type of terrain, from high mountains at Skeikampen and in the World of Peer Gynt to a mix of forests and mountains along the Birkebeiner Route and in the Hafjell/Øyerfjellet area. Trails through forest terrain only are also available at several locations. Gentle, family-friendly trips or challenging routes of World Cup standard - the choice is yours. Sjusjøen and Skeikampen are among the very first to offer good cross-country skiing conditions when the season starts.

It is also possible to enjoy guided trips to Rondane, with Venabu Mountain Lodge as starting point, or join one of the ski adventures arranged by Norske Bygdeopplevelser.

If you do not have your own equipment, cross-country ski hire facilities are available at ski centres in the region. Good enough for the elite, good enough for you

The Lillehammer region can offer miles and miles of well-prepared trails and downhill runs suitable for every skill-level - from novices to professional skiers. Events like the Alpine and Nordic Skiing World Cup and the Birkebeiner Ski Race attract participants and spectators of all ages and abilities.

More than skiing

Lillehammer is the only destination in the country where you can enjoy skiing facilities of Olympic standard in the morning, visit an art museum during lunch and do some shopping or go to the cinema in the afternoon and evening. With the town centre within easy reach, the resort can offer an experience unlike any other in Norway.

Winter in Lillehammer is more than just skiing. The unique Winter Park at Hundefossen Family Park, with its snow hotel and ice cathedral, offers adventures out of the ordinary. As a visitor, you can also enjoy dog sledding, tobogganingbobsleigh runs, snowshoe walksguided ski trips and a range of other winter activities.

Explore on your own

A lot has been arranged and prepared for visitors to the region. Still, the untouched snow is never far away. With snowshoes or mountain skis, you can plan your route and explore the area on your own. You can create your own unique experience, whether you prefer ice fishing, long trips with overnight stays or just a tranquil spot where you can light a fire and enjoy a hot drink.

The most unique aspect of the Lillehammer winter is the range of activities available,  and it is the region's aim to become the most complete winter destination in Europe. Take a look at the activities on offer, and you will see that this is not an unrealistic goal.

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Last updated:  2013-01-23
 - Photo: CH/www.visitnorway.com
 - Photo: Esben Haakenstad/Lillehammer.com

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Hafjell Alpine Centre is part of Lillehammer Ski Resort, Norway - Photo: Esben Haakenstad/Lillehammer.com

Winter in the Lillehammer region

Lillehammer is one of the oldest winter sport destinations in Norway and offers excellent opportunities for alpine and cross-country skiing.

Winter in the Lillehammer region

Source: Visitnorway

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