Knaben is an old mining town that closed down in 1973, but it has a dedicated slalom hill at the Knaben Ski and Activity Centre which opened in 2003.
There are three downhill slopes for different skill levels that are between 900 and 1100 metres long. There is also a kiosk with a large heated communal room for food and ski hire.
Here you can buy sausages, fries, waffles and hot drinks. The ski rental is located in the same building which includes ski and snowboard rentals.
The ski resort is open Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 to 16.00 with extended opening hours during Christmas, winter and Easter holiday.
There is also a ski run for children with its own ski ift.
The ski lift has the ability to take 900 trips per hour and there is ample car parking spaces.
The resort is linked to the cross-country trails at Knaben, specifically the "Housewife trail". There are over 40 kilomters of cross country trails with something for all levels and ages. The "sand" area on the southern side of the county road is very popular and you can cross country ski up there when there is snow. Visitors can park at the shopping carpark for easy access. Click here for more information about the Kanben Skisenter.
Apartments are available to rent and more information can be found on theKnaben website.
Kvinesdal is a area surrounded by large mountains, so there are cross country skiing opportunities everywhere.
The most popular areas where cross country skiing runs are prepared, are at the Utsikten Golf club, Årlia (this area has lights), Krågeland and Knaben, which usually has the best snow conditions. There is ample parking at all locations.
Another popular hiking area is the high mountain at Haddeland heath, between Fjotland and Eiken. This area is easy to walk through.
Maps and information can be found at the Kvinesdal Hall, Kvinesdal photo shop, Utsikten Hotell and Knaben Landhandel.
During the winter months, the Bølgen & Moi Hotel Utsikten Golf Course is closed, but the layout of the course offers great cross country trails. You can ski from the Utsikten Hotel direct to the trails. The Utsikten Hotell offers first class accommodation with panoramic views over the fjord and valley of Kvinesdal.
Ice skating is available at the main stadium just outside of the city centre and the local sports organisation is responsible for its maintenance.
Depending on the weather, it is usually open from December to March. Hours are from noon until 9pm daily. and you need to take your own equipment with you