Friendly, safe and fun for beginners, improvers and families would best describe winter at Beitostølen. Situated at the edge of the Jotunheimen National Park, in the area known as Valdres, Beitostølen enjoys a stunning setting.
Gentle, uncrowded slopes, a virtually queue-free lift system and an excellent snow record from November through to May. More challenging slopes and off-piste skiing can be found at Raudalen Alpine Center across the valley, served by a daily ski bus service. Off the slopes, there are plenty of activities to choose from and during the winter, organised family activities every day.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
The Ski Center is situated right in the center of Beitostølen, facing south. It has a sunny location with easy access to several chairlifts and other types of ski lifts. There are several different slopes available, some of which are lit for late night skiing. The ski lifts take you up to an altitude of 3,600 feet above sea level.
The ski center also offers a large fun park with a great variety of rails and jumps.
Raudalen Alpine Center
Across the valley from Beitostølen you will find Raudalen Alpine Center. Here you find a couple of ski lifts that will take you into the mountain, thus also offering a great starting point for cross country skiing. There is a large parking area here, and no parking fees.
There is a regular bus service between Raudalen and Beitostølen.
For the children
At Beitostølen children's safety is very important - there is a designated ski slope and lift for kids in the ski center, which is highly secure, allowing the children to develop their skiing skills in a playful environment.
Behind Bergo Hotel you will find a Children's Play Land - a safe and spacious playground for the youngest children.
Here you wil also find a field for snowmobile for children from 6 to 12 years old.
Beitostølen Ski School offers classes at most levels, including children.
The ski pass for Beitostølen includes both the ski center in the village winter park and the alpine center in Raudalen. Children 0 - 6 years ski for free when wearing a helmet.
A keycard is required for all lifts. If you buy it at Beitostølen the price is NOK 50, but you'll be refunded NOK 20 when you return it. You may keep it and reuse it the next time you are in Beitostølen, though.
Beitostølen Ski Rental is situated in the Knutsstøl shopping center at the foot of the alpine slopes. Here you can rent any skiing equipment – alpine, carving, telemark, snowboard, cross-country skis, sledges and more.
The Ski Rental is also familiar with dealing with larger groups of people wanting to rent.
Beitostølen Aktiv & Skiskole (ski school) is situated in the shopping quarters at Knutsstøl, at the bottom of the Ola-express lift, offering activities and classes for groups as well as individuals.
Beitostølen Ski School offers classes for most levels, including children. The ski school employs trained instructors in all types of skiing.
Beitostølen offers hundreds of miles of prepared cross country tracks, some of which are stretching into the Jotunheimen National Park. There are different types of forest and high mountain tracks - depending on how challenging and how long you want your journey to be.
Also available is a late night cross-country track which stays lit till 10 pm.
You may study the description of each slope as well as the interactive track map.
The World Cup arena for cross-country skiing at Beitostølen is considered one of Norway's best, and has gained international recognition. The arena is situated within walking distance of the center of Beitostølen, and the slopes are open to the general public when there are no events there.
On site you will find a long track which is lit up and stays open till 10 pm.
In addition to the World Cup Cross-Country Ski Trails, Beitostølen also offers a Biathlon arena which is often upgraded and expanded.
Free skiing/off-piste skiing
Raudalen and the surrounding area are good for off-piste skiing - the area is famous for its snow condition and powder. However, always remember to consider the avalanche risk and have proper equipment when free skiing/off-piste skiing. If you do not know the area; always ski with a local or hire a guide.
Free skiing/off-piste skiing is always at your own risk and responsibility. Skiing outside the groomed pistes of Beitostølen Ski center or Alpine Center is also considered free skiing/off-piste skiing and at your own risk.
Winter without skis
There are scheduled winter activities such as dog sledding and snowmobile driving. You can also try snow rafting and ice fishing, and you can sign up for a lavvo evening.
Where to stay
When it comes to accommodation, there are plenty of places to spend your holiday. Beitostølen Resort offers two full service hotels – Radisson BLU Resort andBergo Hotel. Both hotels also have a large variety of apartments and cabins to rent – 2,000 beds in all.
All units in walking distance to all the village's activities and all less than 2,600 feet from the ski slopes.
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Dining and nightlife
Beitostølen offers several restaurants and cafés, serving everything from traditional Norwegian food to tapas and pizza. If you feel like dancing the hotels offer dancing and nightclubs with live bands on weekends.
Enjoy after ski in one of the four bars in resort:
- Arnolds Pub
- The Lobby Bar at Radisson BLU Resort
- Svingen Pub
Live bands often play on weekends and during public holidays.
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Getting to Beitostølen
Beitostølen is situated about half way between Bergen and Oslo, which means a little less than four hours driving from each.
Valdresekspressen will take you from the main bus station in Oslo to Beitostølen. There are several daily departures during the weekend.
The Øst-VestXpressen Bus will take you from Bergen via Lærdal to Fagernes. From Fagernes there is a bus to Beitostølen.
There are daily services between Fagernes and Oslo Airport.
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