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Hafjell and the Olympic pictograph, Norway - Photo: Esben Haakenstad
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Hafjell and the Olympic pictograph, Norway Photo: Esben Haakenstad

Winter at Hafjell

Hafjell is a large and complete alpine ski centre with a varied selection of runs. The centre is located 15 kilometres from Lillehammer.

The Olympic resorts

The two Olympic ski resorts, Hafjell and Kvitfjell, have now become one destination. One lift pass gives you access to 73 kilometers of alpine slopes, five terrain parks, 900 kilometers of prepared cross country trails, 28 lifts and one gondola. Here you will find alpine challenges worthy of an Olympic champion, but at the same time Hafjell/Kvitfjell embraces the needs of families, with an extensive range of suitable slopes and activities. Not to mention the terrain park enthusiasts, who can enjoy one of the Nordic countries' most extensive facilities. Hafjell and Kvitfjell are connected by a free shuttle bus, which takes you between ski resorts in just 30 minutes.

  • Combined Hafjell/Kvitfjell lift pass
  • Shuttle bus on specific days throughout the season
  • 73 km alpine slopes (10 km are illuminated for night skiing)
  • 57 slopes
  • 28 lifts and one gondola
  • Five terrain parks from beginners to experts.
  • One of Norway’s biggest network of cross-country trails.
  • Plenty of accommodation options including hotels, cabins and apartments.
  • Large selection of restaurants.
  • Amazing areas for children and teenagers.

Hafjell offers one of the Nordic countries' best family area at Mosetertoppen, alpine challenges on the Olympic slopes, terrain park facilities at international standards and a freshly groomed illuminated track that leads on to what is possibly the world’s most extensive cross country skiing area.

Skiing for the entire family

Take the Gondola to the top and enjoy the family area where ski experiences radiate out in all directions. Here, the youngest have their own snow paradise at the new front yard for kids, with a lift, two new slopes and a warming hut. In Hafjell you will find a large selection of slopes no matter what skill level, age or type of equipment. The entire ski resort gets the sun and enjoys excellent snow conditions from the middle of November to the middle of April. In addition to some of Norway's biggest and most diverse alpine slopes and awesome terrain parks, here you will also find by far the largest network of prepared cross country skiing trails in Norway. There is also an illuminated six kilometer trail integrated into the cabin areas on the mountain.

Hafjell SkiMovie and SkiLine

At Hafjell you will find free Wi-Fi in all the restaurants, most accommodation and many hubs on the slopes. Hafjell is the first resort in the Nordic countries to offer SkiMovie, a separate slope equipped with automatic timing and filming equipment. Here you can compete with your ski buddies and share the films directly on Facebook. Hafjell SkiLine logs your vertical meters, kilometers and lift trips. Both SkiMovie and SkiLine are free to use.

Central location and easy access

Hafjell is located just north of the Olympic city Lillehammer. A new highway means good driving conditions all year round, with a travel time of just two hours from Oslo Airport. In season, Hafjell offers a free shuttle bus which takes you between the alpine center, accommodation, shops and Hunderfossen winter park. New this year is a free shuttle bus between Hafjell and Kvitfjell, which runs on specific days throughout the season.

Services and experiences

In Hafjell you will find 350 cabins and apartments for rent, five dining options and three after-ski venues with ski in/ski out. Try one of the tempting lunch dishes at the new family restaurant Skavlen, with a picturesque view over Gubrandsdalen. The guest service at Skitorget will welcome you and give you a complete overview of the services such as ski school, child care, activities, events and ski rental, which is centrally located by the chair lift.

Hafjell is a large and modern ski destination that offers skiing for the entire family.

See the ski pass prices here 

Snow guarantee in Hafjell

As of 23 November, we guarantee a minimum of five kilometers of alpine slopes, four lifts and 25 kilometers of cross country trails to be open. We also guarantee that as of 21 December through to 21 April we will have a minimum of 25 kilometers of alpine slopes, nine lifts and 50 kilometers of cross country trails open and operational. These are guaranteed by Hafjell Alpine CentreHafjell BookingHafjell Ski Rental and Hafjell Ski School.

The snow guarantee is only valid for cancellation of pre-booked stays and lift-passes (excluding season passes) if the snow guarantee is not fulfilled.

Opening hours

First expected day open: 16 November
Last expected day open: 21 April

Open weekends only: 16 – 30 November
Open every day from: 1 December
Opening hours (1 December – 31 January): 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Opening hours (1 February – 21 April): 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Night Skiing (17 December – 11 April): (Except on national holidays)

  • Tuesday – Thursday: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Fridays: 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Ski rental

Ski rental is available from Skitorget, which is located centrally and rents out all the equipment you need for slalom, telemark, snowboard and cross-country skiing. Snowblades, pulks and helmets are also available for hire.

Ski school

The ski school at Hafjell can introduce you to everything from the most basic ski techniques to the most advanced and modern ski styles. The ski school offers courses in all disciplines and at all levels. Choose between a personal trainer, skiing in groups or take part in one of the ski school's Snow Camps. Active downhill skiers can also register for the Kjus race school, which was established in collaboration with the former top alpine skier Lasse Kjus.

Winter without skis

With its unique location next to the Olympic town of Lillehammer, Hafjell can offer a wide range of winter activities besides skiing as well. It would be impossible to mention everything, so here we just highlight a few. Norway's only winter-open family park, Hunderfossen Winter Park, is just a few minutes' drive from Hafjell. Here you can spend the night in Scandinavia's southernmost ice hotel and visit a spectacular ice cathedral. Sledging and driving snowmobiles and ATVs are just a few of the other winter activities offered at the family park.

Where to stay

Due to the close proximity to Lillehammer, Hafjell can offer accommodation alternatives ranging from quiet forest huts to downtown luxury suites. There is also a large range of ski in/ski out accommodation in huts, apartments and hotels (approximately 4,000 beds). 

Dining and nightlife

Dining possibilities range from a quiet dinner prepared in your own kitchen to a wide range of restaurants and nightclubs. With eight restaurants, four cafes and three nightclubs on or close to the slopes, Hafjell has plenty to offer. Lillehammer is just a 15-minute drive away and offers an extensive range of accommodation, dining and nightlife options as well.

Getting to Hafjell

Hafjell is easily accessible whether you are travelling via Oslo Airport, by boat to Oslo or by car. The car trip from Oslo takes about two and a half hours (two hours from Oslo Airport).

Oslo: 195 kilometers 
Trondheim: 355 kilometers 
Lillehammer: 15 kilometers

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Last updated:  2013-11-05
Ski resort facts
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  • Slopes

  • Slopes in total (km)
    44
  • Floodlit slopes
    7
  • Terrain parks
    4
  • Nursery slopes
    5
  • Off-piste
  • Cross-country trails (km)
    300
  • Lifts

  • Surface lifts
    11
  • Chair lifts
    3
  • Gondola lifts
    1
  • Children’s lifts
    3
  • Vertical drop

  • Vertical drop (m)
    835
  • Ski school and ski rental

  • Guided trips
  • Alpine ski school
  • Snowboard school
  • Ski rental
  • Accommodation

  • Hotel
  • Cabins/chalets
  • Apartments
  • Rooms to let
  • Mountain lodge
  • For the children

  • Children’s ski school
  • Children’s ski rental
  • Ski kindergarten
  • Free ski pass
  • Places to eat

  • Piste cafés/restaurants

Interest:  Skiing

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Hafjell and the Olympic pictograph, Norway - Photo: Esben Haakenstad

Winter at Hafjell

Hafjell is a large and complete alpine ski centre with a varied selection of runs. The centre is located 15 kilometres from Lillehammer.

Winter at Hafjell

Source: Visitnorway

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