Geilo is located in Southern Norway close to the vast Hardangervidda Plateau. Although Geilo lies at a fairly low attitude of eight hundred metres, its ski season lasts from the end of November until the end of April. It is a small resort with two ski centres that provide excellent skiing and boarding for all levels of expertise. Twenty lifts give quick and easy access to the slopes. The Norwegian Boarding Championships are held here in alternate years so it goes without saying that the terrain is ideal for snowboarding. Cross country skiers have over two hundred kilometres of trails. Geilo is a family friendly resort with a children’s ski school offering fun activities as well as ski lessons. Childcare facilities are also available. Geilo has a range of accommodation that includes hotels, apartments and cabins to suit most budgets. There is a choice of good restaurants serving a variety of food to suit most tastes and pockets. Geilo’s nightlife is low-key with bars and pubs provide relaxing evenings. Other recreational activities include a small cinema, a sport’s hall and a shooting range. A Geilo ski holiday offers great days on the slopes enjoying the beauty of the National Park followed by relaxing evenings in the restaurants and bars of the village.
Why Go To Geilo?
Geilo ski resort lies in a very picturesque area and offers skiing without crowds on snow sure slopes. It is a relaxed and friendly resort with a traditional atmosphere, high quality accommodation, good restaurants and cosy evenings.
Who Is Geilo Popular With?
A Geilo ski holiday has something for everyone and attracts a wide variety of visitors, except perhaps those looking for a lively après ski scene. It is very popular with families as there is plenty to entertain the children.
When To Go To Geilo
Geilo has a long ski season that lasts from the end of November until the end of April. It enjoys good snow cover throughout the season.
Geilo - The Place
Geilo is a small village in southern Norway where snow cover is excellent throughout its long season. It is located in a valley close to the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe, the Hardangervidda. The resort has two ski areas which offer thirty three kilometres of runs providing good conditions, mainly for beginners and intermediate skiers. A free ski bus connects the village to thirty nine slopes which are accessed by twenty lifts, six of which are chair lifts offering ease of access for skiers and boarders. The majority of runs are rated green, blue and red with five black runs and mogul fields for advanced skiers. More demanding slopes are found in Hemsedal which is an hour’s drive away. Geilo is a great centre for cross country skiers with two hundred and twenty kilometres of trails, a small number of which are floodlit for evening skiing. Beginners can gain confidence on wide, sparsely populated slopes with the help of excellent ski instructors and soon progress to blue runs. Intermediate skiers have a good choice of runs on the north facing Geilolia above the tree line, and the south facing slopes behind the village. They can also enjoy many tree lined slopes. Geilo is a great resort for families with a ski school for children and good childcare provision. Snowboarders have two good snow parks and a boarder cross park with half pipes and a super pipe.
Geilo’s accommodation provides a high level of comfort, its eateries serve a variety of cuisine and its night life is low-key reflecting the resort’s popularity with families. Its shops supply holiday essentials as well as sport’s equipment and clothing. Geilo offers a range of recreational activities which include sleigh riding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, snow scooter safaris and ice climbing. There is also a sport’s hall, a shooting range and a small cinema.
A Geilo ski holiday offers snow sure days in a beautiful and peaceful landscape followed by relaxing evenings.
Geilo nightlife is very low-key where evenings are spent enjoying a meal and a drink in the company of family and friends. It is as relaxed by night as it is by day.
Since Geilo is not a purpose built resort and has a resident population of over two thousand, there are the usually small village shops as well as those supplying sport’s equipment and clothing.
Geilo’s restaurants and cafes provide a choice of menu from fine dining with international cuisine, to quickly prepared traditional food. On the whole, eating out is more expensive in Norway than at home.