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Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Resort Guide

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Hafjell / Lillehammer, Norway

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForIntermediates and Snowboarders.
Total Piste Length33km21 miles
Highest Lift1,030m3,379ft
Resort Height200m656ft
 Nearest AirportsFagernes and Oslo
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Hafjell / Lillehammer at a glance

1994 Winter Olympic Games, five ski area. This is the Freestyle area with Moguls, freestyle and jumping facilities, close to the olympic ski jumps. Lillehammer is the oldest resort in Norway.

 When will it snow in Hafjell / Lillehammer?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Hafjell / Lillehammer.

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Hafjell / Lillehammer Facts, Stats and Ratings

Hafjell / Lillehammer Rated

Ratings for Hafjell / Lillehammer
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

How High is Hafjell / Lillehammer?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Hafjell / Lillehammer
Highest Lift1,030m3,379ft
Lowest Piste200m656ft
Resort Altitude (Hafjell / Lillehammer)200m656ft
Max Vertical830m2,723ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Hafjell / Lillehammer Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Hafjell / Lillehammer
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 2 3km2 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 3 6km4 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 10km6 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
1114km9 miles
Downhill
Total Length
33km21 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
200km124 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
12
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Hafjell / Lillehammer Summary

The Norwegian Ski Resort of Hafjell / Lillehammer has direct access to 33km21 miles of downhill skiing, with 28 marked pistes, served by a total of 12 ski lifts.

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

Hafjell / Lillehammer Overview

Lillehammer has a long history in winter sports and is generally regarded as Norway's oldest Alpine skiing centre, but its highly successful staging of the '94 Olympics brought to the forefront of the international winter sports world. The community feel of those Games were especially memorable for many. Lillehammer was able to put across an image of a comparatively small community pulling together in a spirit of enthusiastic goodwill, rather than the large and rather bland event organised by big nations in partnership with big corporations, that has tainted the image of the Olympic spirit over the past few decades.

Lillehammer remains a charming resort, located on wooded slopes above Lake Mjøsa it is a delightful place of traditional wooden buildings, parks and gardens. There are wonderful views in to the romantic Gudbrandsdal Valley which stretches for more than 200km (125 miles) through the heart of Norway. The success of Lillehammer spear-headed a revival in the fortunes of Scandinavian skiing in the early 1990s, when destinations in Sweden and Norway that had been largely ignored since the 1960s by the rest of the world saw a rapid resurgence in interest. The major selling points were and remain the friendly local people, good childcare, good natural food and a good snow record - assets that had proved popular with the major resorts of the Alps now seen as increasingly over-developed, over-crowded and poor value, with less reliable snow cover.

The negatives of Scandinavian skiing - cold dark winters and high prices, were fought with arguments of strong flood lighting on the trails, modern lifts, cosy accommodation and the fact that, overall, prices worked out lower than the Alps.

Lillehammer is not in itself a traditional skiing village but, like Innsbruck or Banff, instead is the hub of a number of ski areas which guests can travel out to each day. These include Hafjell, 15km/9 miles away, the centre for slalom and giant slalom alpine events at the Lillehammer Olympics, and Kvitfjell, 50km/31 miles north, Norway's newest ski area, where the downhill courses were especially created for the Olympics. The small Birkbeinerbakken facility, with one drag lift, at Sjusjøen, 20km (13 miles) from the town, is primarily a cross-country skiing centre and was the location for the Nordic events in the Olympics. Nordseter, only 12km (7 miles) from the town, with its three drag lifts is the 'local' family/beginners' area.

Finally, there is the Kanthaugen Freestyle Park, which is within walking distance of Lillehammer town centre and located behind the Olympic ski jumps. It is one of the most compact freestyle facilities in the world and includes a 230 metre mogul field with a gradient of 26 degrees, and six take off points for aerials, the highest 3./2 metres in the air. In a triple somersault the jumper is about 12 metres off the ground. There is also a 220m long ballet hill on which lessons are now offered.

The Lysgårdsbakkene jumping hill with twin jumps is located nearby, whilst the Olympic bobsleigh and luge track are about 15km (9 miles) north of Lillehammer at a fifth location close to the Hunderfossen Family Park.

On the Mountain

 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.

Hafjell / Lillehammer offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

 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.

When is Hafjell / Lillehammer open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Hafjell / Lillehammer.

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

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Hafjell / Lillehammer.

Snow Making

Hafjell / Lillehammer is able to make snow, with 6 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts of Hafjell / Lillehammer are able to uplift 13,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Hafjell / Lillehammer?

Hafjell / Lillehammer is in Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway.

How can I get to Hafjell / Lillehammer?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Hafjell / Lillehammer are Fagernes, Oslo and Sälen Trysil, all within three hours drive.

Off the Mountain

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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