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Hafjell Lillehammer Ski Holidays

One historic Norwegian town, one ski resort fit for Olympians and four more ski resorts covered in your pass. If you like variety on your ski holiday, lakeside Lillehammer and the Hafjell resort have it in swathes.





At a glance: • Former Olympic resort • 5 ski areas • Amazing powder

Great for: • History and culture • Families • Value for Money

One historic Norwegian town, one ski resort fit for Olympians and four more ski resorts covered in your pass. If you like variety on your ski holiday, lakeside Lillehammer and the Hafjell resort have it in swathes.

Hafjell Lillehammer Resort

The village of Hafjell can be found at the entrance of the Gudbrandsdalen valley, with a collection of hotels, cabins, restaurants and shops built in traditional chalet style. It’s the country’s third biggest ski resort, having grown since hosting the alpine skiing events in the ’94 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Nine miles south of the ski resort, Lillehammer itself is a sizeable lakeside town, with a warm, villagey feel. Central Storgata’s wooden buildings painted in oranges, reds and greens and you’ll find over a hundred shops as well as numerous museums and galleries.

The two are a little over nine miles apart - driving from one to the other takes about 15 minutes and a number of bus services also connect them.

While the Olympics put the area on the world stage, they didn’t take over the surroundings – everything was done with the environment in mind and buildings were built to last. We’re still enjoying the benefits, from the high-tech lift and transport systems to the good quality accommodation.

Stats & FAQ

Location: Oppland, Norway

Established: 2003

Open: Dec - April

Downhill: 40km

View our detailed Hafjell Lillehammer 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 Hafjell Lillehammer snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Torp / Sandefjord300mins
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 4runs 44%

  • 3runs 33%

  • 2runs 22%

Top Altitude:980m
Bottom Altitude:730m
Resort Altitude:208m
Longest run:2.2km
Slope Orientation:E
Vertical Drop:250m
Skiable Vertical:250m
Night Skiing:No

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  • 4cm
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Downhill Runs:40km
Beginner slopes:44%
Advanced slopes:22%
Lift Pass Price: SEK1380 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Hemsedal

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Hafjell Lillehammer

The children’s area at the bottom station has wide, gentle slopes and serves as the ski school’s meeting point. Take the gondola up to Mosetertoppen and you’ll find another children’s area with a mini snowpark and slalom as well as a lovely green forest trail. The 700m Fjelløypa green streams down from the Fjellheisen top station – a brilliant run to aim for towards the end of your first ski week.

There are a number of blue and red runs all over the area, with favourites including the wide Hafjellheis blue and top to bottom Hafjelløypa red. Experts can take the Skogsheisen lift for the Olympialøypa black competition run.

Freestylers have a choice between the easy Frontyard park for young shredders, the BURN railgarden which has easy-medium level obstacles and the Backyard park for intermediates. The Main Park’s red and black lines suit seasoned riders, winning it the title of Norway’s Best Snowpark amongst other accolades.

But that’s far from your lot - as well as granting access to the local slopes, the ski pass also covers four more Lillehammer resorts: Kvitfjell, Skeikampen, Gålå and Sjusjøen. All are easy to access and have a mix of runs for different levels – nothing’s stopping you from skiing one each day, then saving your last day for a repeat of your favourite!

Hafjell Lillehammer Apres Ski

If all that skiing leaves you hungry, grab a table at the Gaiastova restaurant up at the top of the area, for hearty lunches (they do amazing tapas) and incredible views. The Skavlen restaurant at Mosetertoppen has a brilliant menu for families and serves breakfast, lunch and great burgers and pizzas for dinner. Lillehammer has some lovely places to eat at, like Bryggerikjelleren with its arty, arched dining room and Nikkers on the waterside.

For après, Woody’s is a smashing bar run by Brits, with live music, live sports and a brilliant burger and drinks menu.

As you’d expect from an area that’s hosted the Olympics, there’s plenty to do without a ski or snowboard strapped to your feet… TVisit the Hunderfossen Winter Park which has an ice cathedral. Snowshoeing is very popular, and there are more than enough shops, museums and attractions to fill a day or two in Lillehammer town.

Lillehammer's rich history is celebrated through a collection of cultural treasures, including the century old Banken Cultural Centre where concerts and theatrical productions are staged, and the Lillehammer Art Museum which houses a prestigious collection of Norwegian art from the1820s. The Norwegian Museum of Historic Vehicles and the Norwegian Museum of the Public road, both of which are open all year, are also here. There's a cinema with three screens and a library.

It's possible to try out bobsleigh or luge on the Olympic course, either taking a 'taxi' ride behind professionals in a proper four man bob, achieving speeds of up to 120kph (75mph), or riding the family bob sleigh, self steering at about 70kph (42mph). At the Kanthaugen Freestyle Park you can try out freestyle and ballet techniques under supervision. On previous years, groups of 20 or more have been able to arrange to stage their own Olympics complete with award ceremonies. In addition to the Olympic facilities there is a ski simulator, which enables you to try luge, bob sleigh on the downhill at Kvitfjell without actually being there if you don't fancy the real thing. Håkons Hall was the main Olympic venue for ice hockey and is now a multi-purpose sports hall. With a seating capacity of 9000, activities in addition to ice sports include four squash courts, shooting, athletics, dancing, gymnasium, weight training and ball games. There are dozens of possibilities. The Hall also incorporates a state of the art climbing wall, 20 metres high, which uses hydraulic equipment to change its features. Away from all the Olympic facilities Lillehammer's long standing history offers the natural attractions that appeal to so many. It's possible to try ice fishing on the Lågen lake, or hunting, take a winter hike or an elk safari. Visits to some of tiny mountain cheese farms are another reminder of the rich history of the area. For the most active, wilderness experiences include dog sledding, survival camping, wilderness treks with bow and arrow, lassooing contests and even snowshoe relay races.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Hafjell Lillehammer

Best time to visit & ski Hafjell Lillehammer

Hafjell’s snow conditions are historically good, with snowmaking on 85% of the slopes if an extra top up is needed. The season usually runs from November to April.

Peak Dates

Experience a traditional Norwegian Christmas in Hafjell and Lillehammer, where the main event is Christmas Eve.

Make your resolutions conquering a new Olympic sport over the New Year in Hafjell and Lillehammer.

Explore the different ski areas and visit the town and Hunderfossen Winter Park during Half Term in Hafjell.

There’s been a wonderful mix of sun and snow over in Easter in Hafjell and Lillehammer in previous years, with long daylight hours and all manner of indoor and outdoor activities.

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Families in Hafjell Lillehammer

There’s oodles for families in the region – check out the Hunderfossen Winter Park which has an ice cathedral, as well as sledging and snowmobile rides. In Hafjell itself, the children’s facilities are amazing - we love the ski areas and the Lekeland indoor play area.

GroupsGroup Holidays Hafjell Lillehammer

This is a brilliant option for groups of skiers and non-skiers – those who want to enjoy the mountain can split their time between the pistes and parks of Hafjell and the other nearby resorts. Anyone who doesn’t want to ski or snowboard can soak up the culture in Lillehammer, exploring the shops, museums and lakeside.

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