Sirdal is a reliable ski destination snow wise. Most ski fields are located at 1,640 - 3,280 feet, and all are equipped with modern snow-making systems. The season normally starts in late November and lasts until Easter/late April.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding
Ålsheia is the largest ski resort in Sirdal with 15 slopes and six T-bar lifts. Ålsheia has its own ski play area for children, café and ski rental, as well as a park with jumps and rails.
Tjørhomfjellet is the newest ski resort in Sirdal, and offers one chair lift, two platter lifts as well as a tow rope for children. The ski slopes at Tjørhomfjellet are long and enjoyable, and are suitable for skiers at all levels. Near the main slope there is an off-piste powder bowl for the more advanced skiers.
Tjørhomfjellet has its own ski play area for children, with a cosy wood-fired teepee, ideal for hot drink breaks. Near the chairlift you find the ski field café where après-ski is offered in the afternoon. Tjørhomfjellet also has its own ski rental.
Ski passes and ski rental
See tjorhomfjellet.no (only in Norwegian).
Sirdal Ski & Snowboard School offers daily classes in snowboarding, slalom, telemark skiing and cross-country skiing. All the instructors are certified. The classes will be customised to suit your needs. Choose between private and group lessons.
Ski Opplevelser offers group and private lessons in cross-country skiing.
Sirdal is very good for cross-country enthusiasts, with 124 miles of groomed and marked winter trails.
Sirdal has four main areas where you can cross-country ski in groomed and marked trails:
- Ådneram - Suleskar
- Fidjeland - Tjørhom
- Tonstad - Josdal
Live reports showing which trail have been groomed and when, can be obtained at sirdal.no.
Sirdal offers three different floodlit trails/ski arenas:
- Feed ski arena is located only two miles from Tonstad, and is a modern competition arena for cross-country and biathlon. In summer,one mile is paved for roller skiing.
- At Tjørhom you will find one mile of floodlit tracks open from 5 pm on weekdays, and 10 am on weekends and during school holidays.
- Between Haugen and Kvæven you find 2 miles of floodlit tracks.
In addition to the marked and groomed trails, the Norwegian Trekking Association (DNT) puts out trail markers in the wilderness so you can go ski-touring to their cabins and sleep there. Map, compass and extensive outdoor experience are a must on these trips.
Winter without skis
Other than skiing, there are several other activities to enjoy in Sirdal in winter.
Imagine steering your own dog sledge into the wilderness. Tour options include:
- Ring trail around Sirdal Husky Farm. Suitable for families with a light meal included. Total duration: Three hours. Price: NOK 500 per person (children 4 - 10 years half price).
- Day trip for three to five persons. The route and destination are chosen depending on the weather and snow conditions. The trip ends with a light meal at Sirdal Husky Farm. Price: NOK 2,000 per person.
- Day trip for three to five persons. The trip ends with wood-fired sauna and hot tubs, in addition to a three-course dinner at Sirdal Husky Farm. Price: NOK 2,750 per person.
- Dog sledding including one to three night's accommodation in a tent or cabin. Suitable for three to five persons. Price: from NOK 3,250 per person.
Do you want a break from being outside in the snow? Try swimming at the Sirdal Høyfjellshotel, Tonstad pool or at the Sageneset Feriesenter.
Visit the Sirdal Fjellmuseum, where you can watch a 180-degree panoramic film of Sirdal.
Where to stay
At Sirdal Høyfjellshotell you are right by the ski slopes. At Byrkjedalstunet Hotel, you can enjoy staying in new rooms set up as a copy of a 19th-century courtyard. The rooms boast beautiful interiors and modern facilities. Sirdal Hytteformidling offers rental of private cabins in four different price categories. Read more about where to stay in Sirdal.
Dining and nightlife
At Sirdal Høyfjellshotell you can enjoy a better lunch or dinner in the à la carte restaurant, right next to the ski slopes. In its bright and airy space by the water, Sinnes Fjellstue offers tasty local food. Byrkjedalstunet Hotel serves home-made traditional Norwegian dishes, and is well known for its cosy atmosphere. Read more about dining in Sirdal.
Both Sinnes Fjellstue and Sirdal Høyfjellshotell offer after-ski activities.