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Stay snug by the slopes: 9 large ski destinations and their resorts.

This list is based on figures from the Norwegian Alpine Resorts Association. All the ski resorts below have developed excellent facilities for children in recent years, and are thus very family-friendly destinations.


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1. Trysil

Norway's largest ski resort, with around 40 lifts and over 70 kilometres of runs connecting three sides of the mountain into a varied alpine facility. Popular with families, Trysil has a good ski school and it was one of the first in Europe to achieve the prestigious Sustainable Tourism certification.

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2. Hemsedal

Considered by many the best ski area in Norway, Hemsedal is versatile with over 20 lifts, more than 50 slopes and activities for all ages.

3. Hafjell

As the site for the giant slalom and slalom events during the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, Hafjell, located 15 kilometres from Lillehammer, offers cool skiing. Take the gondola to the top and choose between many long cruisers - the resort has over 40 kilometres of slopes divided over more than 30 runs. 


Hafjell has recently merged with Kvitfjell, a relatively small ski resort just north of Lillehammer which features the magnificent Olympic Downhill Run used for the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. By the way, the last pitch of the run is much steeper than it appears on TV. You will also find a large children's area at Kvitfjell.

4. Geilo

One of Norway’s oldest ski resorts, with around 40 slopes and a total of four terrain parks, Geilo is recognised as a world-class area for skikiting. It is also a family-friendly resort, with designated slopes and plenty of activities on offer for children.

5. Oslo Winter Park. See Oslo - Ski Oslo.

Smaller than some other Norwegian ski resorts, but nevertheless offers good skiing only 20 minutes from Oslo city centre - and you can take the metro (T-bane in Norwegian). The World Snowboarding Championships (WSC) were held here in February 2012.

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6. Norefjell

Good vertical runs and a convenient location only one hour and 45 minutes from Oslo make Norefjell a popular ski resort. Norefjell was the site for the alpine skiing events during the 1952 Oslo Olympics. 

7. Voss and Myrkdalen

Together, Voss Resort and Myrkdalen have 19 lifts in total, as well as 22 runs each, and a plethora of activities for children and adults alike. There is a ski bus service in weekends and during holidays, bringing you from the centre of Voss and right to the resort's doorstep. If you don't ski, there are other activities available, or you can learn to ski with the resort's own ski school. Guided tours and cross-country skiing is also available.

8. Hovden

The largest ski resort in southern Norway, located in the Setesdal Valley, Hovden boasts over 30 slopes, around 10 lifts and over 30 kilometres of groomed descent.

9. Rauland

The three resorts in Rauland are connected by a free ski bus, and accept a joint ski pass, making them in effect the largest ski resort in Telemark. Here, there are activities and skiing suitable for the entire family, from the youngest to the oldest.

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