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Geilo Ski Resort Guide

Geilo, Norway

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length48km30 miles
Highest Lift1,180m3,871ft
Resort Height800m2,625ft
 Nearest AirportFagernes
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One of Scandinavia's larger resorts, Geilo is a modern resort but with a long history, 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.


The Norwegian ski resort of Geilo is at an altitude of 800m2,625ft, with 48km30 miles of marked runs.

Geilo has direct access to 48km30 miles of downhill skiing, with 45 marked pistes, served by a total of 18 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Geilo?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm1in, expected on 26 September, with around 3cm1in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Geilo Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 3km2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1210km6 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1613km8 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
1322km14 miles
Total Length
48km30 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
500km311 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Geilo Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,180m3,871ft
Lowest Piste800m2,625ft
Resort Altitude (Geilo)800m2,625ft
Max Vertical380m1,247ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Geilo
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Intermediate Skiers

Geilo Overview

Geilo is one of Scandinavia's largest and oldest resorts with a long history, located mid-way between Oslo and Bergen in the Upper Hallingdal Valley. Known locally as the Gateway to Norway's Roof, Geilo is situated on the edge of the Hardangervidda Plateau, the largest mountain plateau in Europe with miles of marked and prepared trails. A traditional Norwegian ski adventure would be a week or more on cross country skis, staying at tourist cabins along the way. The resort height at 1175m/3855ft is low in comparison with the Alps but due to its northerly latitude snow is guaranteed here from mid November through until early May.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Geilo is 2km1 miles long.


Geilo's skiing areas are on either side of the Ustedalsfjord. The Vestlia 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 Bjødnaløypa. 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 gentle green pistes 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 alpine and cross-country skiing.

Geilo and Hol Municipality is one of the best areas in Norway for cross country skiing, with more than 500 kilometres of groomed tracks both in the valleys and on the mountain plateaus. Season starts in October/November and last until May. The most eager cross country skiers can go skiing in the higher mountain areas until June.

Geilo´s cross country trails are maintained to a high standard throughout the winter. They are free to use, and there is a wide range of trails from short and flat beginner's areas to challenging routes along the mountain tops.

Geilo offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Geilo?

This ski resort is in Hol, Buskerud, Norway.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Geilo is Fagernes, 105 minutes drive away.

Please Note :: There are currently no scheduled international flights to Fagernes.

Oslo Gardermoen (3h 20m by car) is the main feeder airport, for visitors from outside Norway, with train and direct shuttle bus transfers available.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 18 ski lifts are able to uplift 22,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 24km15 miles of ski runs,.

Season Dates

When is Geilo open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is mid November, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Geilo, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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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.

Activities away from the ski slopes include horse-drawn sleigh rides and ice fishing on the Ustedalsfjord.

History and Development

Geilo has been welcoming visitors since 1890, well before the opening of the Bergen Railway in 1909 but it wasn't until 1935 that modern day tourism really started to take off when one of Norway's first slalom races was held here and since then developments have continued.

The first chairlift, Geilo Taubane, was installed in 1954 and it was in the 1950's that Geilo's first ski school started. Over the years many international ski competitions have been staged here including the Alpine World Cup in 1986 and 1990. Not surprisingly, with its 220km of cross-country piste the Cross-country Master World Cup was held here in 1993 and the world's largest cross-country ski race (over 38km), the Skarverennet has been held here more than 45 times since 1974.

Set amidst beautiful scenery on the banks of Ustedalen Fjord, Geilo's ski lifts surround the mountain village on one side of the Fjord with a second (bus linked) ski area at Vestlia on the other side. The resort is perfect for families with a host of different types of accommodation available, from secluded log cabins and budget self catering chalets to the exclusive five-star Dr Holms Hotel.