Hafjell / Lillehammer - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Hafjell / Lillehammer - Norwegian Ski Resort - 33km of Piste (200m to 1030m)
The Norwegian Ski Resort of Hafjell / Lillehammer has direct access to 33km of downhill skiing, with 28 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts.
Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..
Who is Hafjell / Lillehammer good for?
Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Area
|2||Black Pistes (3km)|
|3||Red Pistes (6km)|
|4||Blue Pistes (10km)|
|11||Green Pistes (14km)|
|200km||Cross Country Pistes|
Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Area Height
|200m||Resort Altitude (Hafjell / Lillehammer)|
Hafjell / Lillehammer
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Hafjell / Lillehammer are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Hafjell / Lillehammer
There are three real choices for downhill skiers staying in Lillehammer. First is the small but nearest slopes of Nordseter, 12km (7 miles) away where the three surface lifts serve two beginner and two easy runs. Secondly Kvitfjell, established for the '94 Olympics, where the downhill events were scheduled. Now with 6 drags and one chair lift, there are more than 20km (12 miles) of trails here for all abilities. The resort participates in the Troll Pass, which covers five centres in the area and brings the total on the ticket up to 80km (50 miles). The third option, and for many the 'happy medium' between Kvitfjell and Nordseter is Hafjell, also on the Troll Pass.
Located 15km (9 miles) from Lillehammer, Hafjell was the centre for slalom and giant slalom alpine events at the Olympics, and is also linked into a remarkable network of cross-country trails. Snowmaking and tuition in all disciplines are available, along with night skiing until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Since the Olympics, Hafhjell has further developed the resort with improved trails, new faster lifts, increased snowmaking and many other improvements. Most of the skiing is beginner or intermediate standard, but three of the trails, including the 4km (2.5 mile) long Kringelåsløypa, which drops 750 m in its vertical length, is rated intermediate / advanced. The slopes can now be reached both from the base and Gaiastova at the summit. Both places have parking, ticket sales and ski rentals.
Those who find the runs starting at these locations too steep may find easier runs round Råbølhenget and Marsteinschuss. Cross-country skiers may return down to the base by both chairlifts for free.
Snowboarding in Hafjell / Lillehammer
Visitors to Lillehammer can 'board at half a dozen different areas in the vicinity, several of which are especially 'boarder friendly. Hafjell, the largest downhill ski centre in the region, has a designated snowboard-area featuring a really big big jump, 100m half-pipe with a 29 degree inclination, quarter-pipe, fun-box and slide. Equipment may be rented at Hafjell Ski Rental and the half pipe is floodlit for use up to 4.30pm during the 'dark months' up to February.
Kvitfjell, a more distant 50km (31 miles) from Lillehammer has the toughest image of all the ski centres in the area. It also has some of the best terrain features for 'boarders including three big jumps, three quarterpipes, a halfpipe and boardercross. Events are staged regularly.
Hafjell / Lillehammer Aprés Ski
With a small-town-sized year round population of 25000, Lillehammer has a lively après ski scene even without the tourists, largely centred on the pedestrianised main street which is lined with bars, restaurants and night clubs as well as shopping. Many visitors use the evenings to try out the off slope leisure facilities in the area. These include a cinema, swimming, ice rink and many other indoor sports.
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Hafjell / Lillehammer in brief
Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Good for Intermediate Skiers.
Ok for Beginners.
Very good for Snowboarding.
Hafjell / Lillehammer Season Dates
Closed : April 13, 2014.
Usual opening - Mid Nov.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Hafjell / Lillehammer.
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Hafjell / Lillehammer Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Hafjell / Lillehammer is able to augment natural snow, with 6 Snow Cannons.
Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 12 Ski Lifts of Hafjell / Lillehammer are able to uplift 13,500 skiers / snowboarders per hour.