Geilo - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Geilo - Norwegian Ski Resort - 28km of Piste (800m to 1180m)
One of Scandinavia's larger resorts, Geilo is a modern resort but with a long history, having welcoming visitors since 1890. The village is well spread out with lifts emanating from four different points and slopes on both side of the valley. There is a second (bus linked) ski area at Vestlia.
Key Facts for Geilo
|5||Black Pistes (3km)|
|15||Red Pistes (18km)|
|9||Blue Pistes (4km)|
|10||Green Pistes (5km)|
|220km||Cross Country Pistes|
The Norwegian ski resort of Geilo has direct access to 28km of downhill skiing, with 33 individual pistes, served by 18 ski lifts.
Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..
Snowmaking :- Geilo is able to augment natural snow, on 24km of ski runs,.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 18 Ski Lifts of Geilo are able to uplift 22,000 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There is an airport within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Geilo are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Geilo
Geilo's skiing areas are on either side of the Ustedalsfjord. The Geiblia Skisenter which is linked by bus with the Geilo side has a range of terrain for all abilities including a snowboard section and cross-country trails. Most of the easier green runs are here including the longest green, the Bjorne-loypa. The Geilo side has four skiing areas; Halstensgard Heisen, Geilo Heisene where the first chairlift the Geilo Taubane was installed in 1954, Slaatta Skisenter and Havsdalen. The Halstensgard area has recently had a new lift installed which has opened up three new slopes. The skiing is fairly steep in this section with mainly red runs and the Olkorken, a challenging black run. Slaatta probably has the best nursery areas with wide gently green piste making it suitable for families.
From Havsdalen its possible to access the highest point in the area , Havsdalshovda which rises up to 1178m and is the only tree free area. From here there are slopes to suit all abilities including a cross-country track. Geilo itself has a good variety of terrain, the runs are not exceptionally long but they are varied with plenty of steep terrain. There is a floodlit slope for night time cross-country.
Snowboarding in Geilo
There are half pipes on both sides of the resort, one at Geildia on Vestli-loypa and one at Havsdalen on the Trine-loypa. The Havsdalen pipe is marginally better having been built on top of a natural half-pipe it has 3m walls and a smooth transition. There is a fun park too next to the half pipe at Geildia, it has lots of features including two table tops, a fun box, two gap jumps, one rail slide and a rubber tyre hit.
Geilo Aprés Ski
In the Scandinavian countries apres ski is known as after ski and tends to start fairly early - around 3pm. Geilo has a number of lively bars and ski lounges in which to relax. One of the most popular for late afternoon sessions is the Dr Holms Recepten Bar. There are other cosy and often lively bars and pubs in the resort's various hotels.
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Geilo in brief
Geilo Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Geilo Season Dates
Opened : November 16, 2013.
Closes : April 27, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Late April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Geilo.
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