In Evje, the southernmost municipality in the valley, cross-country enthusiasts can take advantage of 120 kilometres of groomed trails in beautiful surroundings, including a floodlit trail. The season here lasts from December to mid-April.
Going north, the season lasts even longer, and if you seek peace and quiet, the mountain plateau above Bygland will let you experience nature at its best. Here are no groomed trails, only untouched nature.
If you are keen on alpine skiing, the Brokke Alpine Centre in Valle is well worth a visit. In addition, Brokke offers excellent cross-country trails, including a floodlit trail.
Furthest north in Setesdal, in Hovden, the winter season lasts from November to May. The largest alpine centre in the region is still expanding and offers descents of all levels, as well as other activities and services.
Hovden is also a paradise for cross-country skiers, with 190 kilometres of superb machine-groomed trails, including a popular floodlit trail.
Brokke Alpine Centre is situated i Valle. A small, but very family-friendly centre. One 3-seat express lift and three ski-tows.
The Hovden Alpine Centre offers you more than 34 kilometres of descent, a vertical drop of 420 metres, two 4-seat express lifts, five ski tows and a 2-seat chairlift. The lift capacity is 9,000 persons per hour.
The villages of Brokke and Hovden are popular areas for skiing, whether you prefer the lowlands or the mountains, short or long trips, or maybe a training session.
At 700-1200 m.a.s.l., the snow conditions are very reliable. The skiing season normally lasts from November to May.
There are marked and groomed trails of all categories, for families with children to elite skiers. Online ski report available.
Nearly every village in Setesdal valley has a floodlit trail. The lights are on until 23.00 hrs.
In Evje there are two floodlit trails; one near Evjemoen and one at Høgås, north of Evje.
In Valle it is located in Brokke.
In Bykle there are two floodlit trails; one in central Bykle and one in Hovden.
Sesilåmi runs from Brokke in Setesdal to Sinnes in Sirdal, 52 km of true winter experience. The race was arranged for the first time in 1976, and has since then attracted many cross-country enthusiasts.
HovdenTour runs in the mountains around Hovden. Choose between two distances; 42 or 22 kilometres.
Watch the film from HovdenTour 2015.
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