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Snowboarding at Hovden, Norway Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Photo: Øystein Kvanneid
Photo: Hovden Alpine Center
Photo: Anders Martinsen
Photo: Anders Martinsen

Winter in Hovden

Hovden, located 2788 feet above sea level in the Setesdal Valley in Southern Norway, guarantees a long snow season.

Alpine skiing and snowboarding

With its 32 pistes, nine lifts and a total of 20 miles of groomed descent, Hovden Alpine Center offers a variety of slopes for every skill level.

The terrain park is the place for those who want to explore their acrobatic skills. The 4,265-foot Bukkerittet (the Buckride) terrain park has a wide selection of rails and jumps for snowboarders and skiers. It is suitable for beginners as well as for more advanced skiers.

For the children

The children's area at Hovden Alpine Center, Tusseland, has all the facilities needed for young guests. A magic carpet (conveyor belt) for beginners and a ski tow bring the children to the top of the slopes. Try the ski carousel, junior snowmobiles and toboggan run. The children's area has its own kiosk and a small lounge. Childcare is also available.

Ski passes

Lift passes can be purchased online on the Hovden Alpine Center's website (only in Norwegian).

Ski hire

The Ski Shop at the Hovden Alpine Center has a wide selection of alpine skis, snowboards, telemark, cross-country and freeride skis for hire.

Rabatten Skiutleie, situated 2,952 feet from the Hovden Alpine Center, has alpine and cross-country skis, snowboards as well as children's pulks for hire.

Ski school

Would you like to learn the basics of skiing or just give your technique a finishing touch? You may get instruction in cross-country as well as alpine skiing or snowboarding. The LAGG Ski School located at Hovden Alpine Center offers instruction for individuals and groups

Cross-country skiing

Hovden boasts a total of 105 miles of groomed trails of varying difficulty, of which 102 miles are groomed for both classic and skate skiing. The trails run through varied terrain up to an altitude of 4,101 feet. We recommend an evening night skiing in our lighted ski trail, where the lights are on until 11 pm. See the map of the prepared ski trails.

Off-piste skiing

Off-piste freeride and powder skiing start at the Hovden Alpine Center facilities. The Ski Shop at the center offers tailored trips adapted to every skill level.

Winter without skis

You don’t have to be an avid skier to enjoy Hovden. At the Hovden Badeland & Spa (Aqualand), the water holds to 86°F year round. Featuring an outdoor pool, water slides and Jacuzzis, these facilities offer a wide range of activities for the whole family. There is a separate spa area for those aged 18 and above, and a skin care salon located in the same building.

There is also a 1,300-foot floodlit ice rink – skates are for hire at Hovden Badeland, adjacent to the rink. Kicksled hire is available at the tourist information in the center of Hovden and snowshoe hire at Hovden Sport.

The Hovden Museum of Iron Production (free entrance) is also worth a visit.

Where to stay

At Hovden, we offer all kinds of accommodation. Choose between cabins, hotels, apartments and a mountain lodge, and enjoy a good night's sleep after a day packed with activities.

Free ski bus service between the accommodation providers and the Hovden Ski Centre.

Dining and nightlife

After a long day on the slopes, we recommend a meal at the Hovden Alpine Lodge  (pages only in Norwegian) or after-ski at the Offpiste Bar. Or you may decide to rest for a couple of hours before enjoying your dinner at the Hovdehytta Bistro or the Hovden Høyfjellshotell. Excellent lunchtime offers are also available. Hovden Fjellstoge has a wide selection of local, traditional food. In the centre of Hovden there are several cafés and restaurants.

Last updated:  2013-09-11
Family fun in Hovden, Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen
Family fun in Hovden, Norway
Cross-country skiing at Hovden in Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer
Cross-country skiing at Hovden in Norway
Hovden Badeland & Spa (Aqualand), Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen
Hovden Badeland & Spa (Aqualand), Norway
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  • Slopes in total (km)
  • Floodlit slopes
  • Terrain parks
  • Nursery slopes
  • Off-piste
  • Cross-country trails (km)
  • Lifts

  • Surface lifts
  • Chair lifts
  • Gondola lifts
  • Children’s lifts
  • Vertical drop

  • Vertical drop (m)
  • 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
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Snowboarding at Hovden, Norway - Photo: Anders Martinsen Fotografer

Winter in Hovden

Hovden, located 2788 feet above sea level in the Setesdal Valley in Southern Norway, guarantees a long snow season.

Winter in Hovden

Source: Visitnorway


What to do in Hovden

Hike one of several summits in the Hovden area, fish for trout in one of the local lakes, or go cross-country skiing on top-class tracks come winter.

About Bykle

Tourist Information for Setesdal

There are four local tourist information offices in Setesdal: in Evje, Bygland, Valle and Hovden.

Key facts about Hovden

Located in the county of Aust-Agder, Hovden is the largest ski destination in Southern Norway.

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