The list of the largest ski resorts in Norway is based on figures from the Norwegian Alpine Resorts Association.
Trysil is Norway's largest ski resort, with around 40 lifts and over 45 miles of runs connecting three sides of the mountain into a varied alpine facility. Popular with families, Trysil has a good ski school.
One of Norway’s largest ski areas and considered by many the best, Hemsedal is versatile with over 20 lifts, more than 50 slopes and activities for all ages.
As the site for the giant slalom and slalom events during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, Hafjell, located 10 miles from Lillehammer, offers cool skiing. Take the gondola to the top and choose between many long cruisers - the resort has over 25 miles of slopes divided over more than 30 runs. Hafjell has recently merged with Kvitfjell, a relatively small ski resort just north of Lillehammer which features the magnificent Olympic Downhill Run used for the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. By the way, the last pitch of the run is much steeper than it appears on TV. You will also find a large children's area at Kvitfjell.
One of Norway’s oldest ski resorts, with around 40 slopes and a total of four terrain parks, Geilo is recognised as a world-class area for skikiting. It is also a family-friendly resort, with designated slopes and plenty of activities on offer for children.
Situated 15 miles from Voss, Myrkdalen is a large ski resort with around 25 lifts and a plethora of activities for children and adults alike. There is a ski bus service in weekends and during holidays, bringing you from the center of Voss and right to the resort's doorstep. If you don't ski, there are other activities available, or you can learn to ski with the resort's own ski school. Guided tours and cross-country skiing is also available.
Good vertical runs and a convenient location only 60 miles from Oslo make Norefjell a popular ski resort. Norefjell was the site for the alpine skiing events during the 1952 Oslo Olympics.
Oslo Winter Park
Oslo Winter Park is smaller than some other Norwegian ski resorts, but nevertheless offers good skiing only 20 minutes from Oslo city center. The World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) were held here in February 2012.
The largest ski resort in southern Norway, located in the Setesdal Valley, Hovden boasts over 30 slopes, around 10 lifts and about 20 miles of groomed descent.
The three resorts in Rauland are connected by a free ski bus, and accept a joint ski pass, making them in effect the largest ski resort in Telemark. Here, there are activities and skiing suitable for the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest.
Just over an hour's drive from Oslo, Kongsberg is a modern ski resort with a mixture of easy, medium and more challenging slopes. These are not among the longest you will find in Norway, but they nevertheless offer good skiing. Kongsberg also has a slalom hill for competition, a terrain park and a separate slope and lift for children.
All the Norwegian ski resorts above have in recent years developed excellent facilities for children - they are as a result very family-friendly destinations.
Learn more about winter safety in the Norwegian mountains through this PDF.
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