Hemsedal is Norway’s top Alpine ski resort, with amazing views of the Norwegian wilderness. Beautiful 6km green, blue and red runs allow beginners and intermediates to cruise from the top of the mountain at Totten to the base.
A good variety of runs spread across three peaks cater for beginners and intermediates, but an unlimited expanse of off-piste awaits the advanced skier/boarder, including perfect powder-lined runs through pine forests. Snowboarders and freestylers will be impressed by the quality of the two snow parks, with a wide range of features for beginners and the advanced. Hemsedal has one of Europe’s largest children’s areas, including Lynxland, an outdoor activities area for 3 to 5-year-olds.
Accommodation is located slope side, including a superb new base lodge, and is some of the best in Norway. In Hemsedal village – a 20-minute walk through the forest next to the river, or a free bus hop – there are a good range of shops and restaurants along with a handful of hotels and Scandinavian chalets. Back at the slopes there’s an abundance of ski-in-ski-out accommodation, bars, restaurants, a bowling alley, an arcade and supermarket, although the town is generally unattractive. Visitors face expensive drinks, so get them duty free. For a few evening beers and a buzzing atmosphere, we recommend the Hemsedal Café. The resort has major expansion plans that could double the amount of runs. The scenic train to Gol from Oslo takes three hours along one of Europe’s highest railways.