Geilo, Norway

The ultimate guide to Geilo ski holidays in 2015 & 2016.

Ski holidays in Geilo

One of Scandinavia's larger resorts, Geilo is a modern resort but with a long history, having welcomed 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.


At a glance:
Chocolate box charm Kite skiing capital

Great for:
Cross country Freestyle Families

Geilo Ski Resort

Established in 1890 the Norwegian ski resort Geilo lies at 800 metres altitude in the Buskerud region of the Norwegian ?. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 1178m the area is not snow sure. Over ? snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 24km of trails, which equates to around 70 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Geilo is Oslo Gardemoen at a distance of 245km or approximately 180 minutes driving time. Their season runs from November to April.

stats & faq

Where:Buskerud, Norway
Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Winter Skiing: Nov - May
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 9km 25%

  • 18km 38%

  • 5km 12%

Resort Altitude:800m
Top Altitude:1178m
Bottom Altitude:800m
Longest run:2km
Slope Orientation:N S
Vertical Drop:378m
Skiable Vertical:378m
Night Skiing:No

Snow Report

  • Top
  • 30cm
  • Base
  • 20cm
  • Forecast
  • 14cm

Web Cam

Geilo web cams

View our detailed Geilo snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Geilo snow history.

Downhill Runs:34km
Beginner slopes:25%
Advanced slopes:12%
Ski Pass Prices:SEK1630 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts:

Skiing in Geilo

39 pistes and trails means approximately 34km of runs. 20 Geilo lifts have capacity to transport 22000 per hour. The longest run in the Norwegian ski resort is over 2km.The mountain has 25% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 23% intermediate, 38% advanced slopes and 12%.

Snowboarding in Geilo: Of the 20 ski lifts, 14 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Geilo is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 3 terrain parks and 2 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 130 metres), 1 quarter pipe and 1 boardercross courses.

Geilo apr├Ęs Ski

Geilo has a range of mainly outdoor activities although there is a swimming pool and cinema in the village. Ice climbing and ski orienteering are both popular pastimes and you could go on a wilderness camp to experience mountain life as it was in days gone by. No modern equipment is used and you will have the chance to try using a bow and arrow, practice wearing snowshoes and try your luck at ice fishing on the fiord. Some unusual modes of transport to try out and have fun at the same time include dog sledding, reindeer sledding, snowrafting and traditional Norwegian toboganning.

Off-Slope activities include:

10 apres ski bars 12 restaurants 0 bowling 3 night club 1 cinema 1 billiards / pool 1 games room 0 concert 6 indoor swimming 1 outdoor heated pools 13 saunas 0 hot tubs 1 solariums 2 masseurs 0 indoor ice skating 1 outdoor ice skating 2 indoor sports centre 11 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 1 sleigh rides 0 ballooning 1 horse riding 10 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 0 golf 1 fishing 1 museum 3 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Ice Fishing, Night Skiing, Ski Orienteering, Sleigh Rallies, Snow Kiting.

When is the best time to ski Geilo?

The direction which the various Geilo slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Geilo has slopes facing N S.

Peak dates

For peak dates, browse the pages with Geilo ski holidays at Christmas, New Year, Half Term or Easter.

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Bardola Hotel

Bardola Cabins

Bardola Cabins

Forest Cabins

Forest Cabins

Ustedalen Hotel

Ustedalen Hotel

Geilolia Apartments

Geilolia Apartments

Forest Chalet

Forest Chalet

Geilo reviews, 4 star rating and resort and ski area information is collated by SNO man from staff experience and customer feedback.
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