Snow conditions are stable and very good in Hemsedal from November to May every year thanks to Hemsedal's location in the mountains halfway between Oslo and Bergen.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
In Hemsedal you will find two ski centers; Hemsedal Skisenter and Solheisen Skisenter.
Hemsedal Skisenter offers skiing at all levels, from first-time skiers to advanced skiing. Here you can enjoy variable skiing - the ski center offers 24 lifts and 52 slopes with different levels of difficulty, from very easy green slopes, to difficult black ones.
There are several terrain parks, suitable for different levels of skiing and snowboarding. The parks in Hemsedal are well-known among snowboarders and ski enthusiasts all over the world.
Be the first to ski in nicely groomed slopes or in powder snow - go early morning skiing in Hemsedal down three different slopes every Saturday from the beginning of February to the end of March.
You can also enjoy night skiing down nine floodlit slopes from the beginning of December to the beginning of April.
Not far from Hemsedal Skisenter (approximately 6 miles), in the Grøndalen Valley, you will find the smaller ski centre of Solheisen Skisenter. Solheisen has three lifts and six slopes, and is a perfect place for those who want to ski somewhere quieter.
Take a look at Hemsedal's piste maps.
For the children
The children's area at Hemsedal Skisenter is the largest in Norway. This is the perfect place for the little ones to take their first turns or for beginners who want an easy start. Situated in the children's area, you can also find the activity park Gaupeland where children can play in the snow, go tobogganing and try the carousel.
In addition to this, there is the Valle Childcare indoor day care (babysits children from six months of age). This offer is a perfect opportunity for parents who want to enjoy a couple of hours alone on the slopes.
The ski pass for Hemsedal includes both Hemsedal Skisenter and Solheisen Skisenter. Book your Hemsedal ski pass online for the best offers. Children under the age of six years ski for free when wearing a helmet.
In Hemsedal you must buy a ski pass card for all lift passes. The price is NOK 45 and the ski pass card can be reused the next time you are in Hemsedal or at any of the other Skistar destinations.
Skipass prices for the season 2013/2014
Newly prepared equipment also gives you added ski enjoyment. The ski rental in Hemsedal offers snowboards, alpine skis, cross-country skis and telemark skis.
You can book and pay for your ski equipment online at Hemsedal Ski Shop and Skistar Hemsedal, so when you arrive in Hemsedal, you only have to pick up your gear before hitting the ski slopes.
Price example: Complete adult alpine equipment, intermediate from NOK 385 per day.
Use your ski holiday to improve your skiing skills. Become a better skier and have more fun. Choose between two ski schools; Skistar Ski School Hemsedal or Ski School in Solheisen Skisenter.
If you want to go cross-country skiing in Hemsedal, you can enjoy 74 miles of groomed cross-country tracks and 55 miles of mountain tracks in beautiful surroundings.
At Ulsåkstølen, by the track "Helsingvatn rundt", and the Flævasshytta Cabin (open from week 7), by the track "Beihovdløypa", you can have a break and enjoy something hot to drink and a snack.
Hemsedal is also well-known for its off-piste skiing. You can join a guided tour with for example Norske Opplevelser, Fjellet Kaller or Freeriderz, and learn more about off-piste skiing and safety with a local guide to get the most out of it.
You must always remember to consider the avalanche risk and wear proper equipment when off-piste skiing. If you do not know the area, always ski with someone who does or hire a guide.
Off-piste skiing is always at your own risk. Skiing outside the groomed pistes of Hemsedal Skisenter and Solheisen Skisenter is also considered off-piste skiing.
Winter without skis
Besides skiing, there are plenty of other things to do in Hemsedal. Some of the most popular activities during the winter include:
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of places to stay in Hemsedal. Enjoy ski in/ski out, for example at Skarsnuten Apartments or Veslestølen Cabins. Or choose among cosy apartments and cabins a little bit outside the ski resort, for example Storehorn or Hemsedal Hytte og Feriepark.
A free-of-charge ski bus service connects the accommodation areas and the slopes.
Dining and nightlife
In addition to skiing and other winter activities, there are many good restaurants in Hemsedal with well-known traditional kitchens serving dishes using local ingredients.
After a day's skiing you should experience fun après-ski at for example Hemsedal Café, Skistua and Stavkroa. Later you can dance or just have something to drink at Hemsen Nightclub and Bar[t].
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SkyCam Hemsedal - a bird's eye view over Hemsedal Skisenter
Take a look at SkyCam Hemsedal and get a bird's eye view of Hemsedal. Here you will get a great overview of the ski center, service facilities, cabins, hotels and apartments.