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The 10 Largest Ski Resorts in Norway

Choose skiing close to the capital of Oslo. Travel to Norway's largest ski resort in Trysil or to the oldest in Geilo. All resorts are child friendly.

The list of the largest ski resorts in Norway is based on figures from the Norwegian Alpine Resorts Association.

Trysil

Trysil is Norway's largest ski resort, with 39 lifts and 44 miles of runs connecting three sides of the mountain into a varied alpine facility. Popular with families, Trysil has a good ski school.

Hemsedal

One of Norway’s largest ski areas and considered by many the best, Hemsedal is versatile with 24 lifts, 52 slopes and activities for all ages.

Hafjell

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 27 miles of slopes divided over 31 runs.

Oslo Winter Park

With 18 slopes and 11 lifts, 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.

Geilo

One of Norway’s oldest ski resorts, with 39 slopes and 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.

Norefjell

Good vertical runs and a convenient location only 62 miles from Oslo make Norefjell a popular ski resort. Norefjell was the site for the alpine skiing events during the 1952 Oslo Olympics.

Kvitfjell

This relatively small ski resort just north of Lillehammer 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.

Hovden

The largest ski resort in southern Norway, located in the Setesdal Valley, Hovden boasts 34 slopes, 10 lifts and over 21 miles of groomed descent.

Myrkdalen

Situated 15 miles from Voss, Myrkdalen is a large ski resort with 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.

Kongsberg

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.

Please note:

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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Last updated:  2014-05-26
Norwegian resorts are family friendly - Photo: Ute foto/Innovation Norway
Norwegian resorts are family friendly
Snowboarder in Hemsedal, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway
Snowboarder in Hemsedal, Norway

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Hemsedal is one of the most popular ski resorts in Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic life/Innovation Norway

The 10 Largest Ski Resorts in Norway

Choose skiing close to the capital of Oslo. Travel to Norway's largest ski resort in Trysil or to the oldest in Geilo. All resorts are child friendly.

The 10 Largest Ski Resorts in Norway

Source: Visitnorway

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