Hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics the resorts of Lillehammer and Hafjell enjoy a snow record that ensures a lengthy ski season from the middle of November to the end of April. Lillehammer, considered Norway's oldest winter sports resort, provides you with a combination of longstanding traditions and the modern activities required by the people of today. The main ski area is in Hafjell where many of the Olympic events took place. You can test yourself on the downhill course and there is a great range of runs for both beginners and intermediates. Lillehammer is excellent for families and beginners with plenty of activities for non-skiers.
Hafjell offers the perfect snow conditions and slopes for all types of beginners, whether it is downhill, snowboarding, cross-country or telemark. The ski runs are long and wide and for the most part uncrowded. The Norwegian ski instructors speak perfect English and their excellent ski school offers both group and private lessons depending on your requirements.
This is an area that really excels for the intermediate. Because of the efficient lift system spreading skiers out across the ski area, queuing is something virtually unheard of in Hafjell, so you can ski non-stop on the great value lift pass. For those of you wanting to push yourselves that little bit further, some of the pistes used for the 1994 Winter Olympics are available for skiing.
There are a total of 5 black runs and an excellent opportunity for off-piste skiing. The reliable snow record ensures that good powder can be found throughout much of the season.
There is a separate snowboard park area with mega jumps, half-pipes and slides, specially designed for taking air at Hafjell in addition to the extreme off-piste areas
Approx Transfer Time: Oslo Airport - 1 hrs 45 mins (by train or coach) Fagernes - 2 hours Village Height: 200m (660ft) Highest Lift: 1,148m (3,444ft)
Lots to do in Lillehammer after the sun goes down with a range from traditional lively pubs to International Discotheques (try the Brenneriet, one of Norway's largest nightclubs).
Lillehammer offers a huge variety of activities including the opportunity of trying out the Olympic bobsleigh and luge track with speeds of up to 120km/h (conditions permitting). In addition there is dog-sledding, night skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice-skating and tobogganing.
A wide choice of cafés and restaurants is on offer in this cosmopolitan and international city (including the superb rooftop bar at the Mølla with amazing panoramic views of Lillehammer). Most of the best restaurants are to be found along the Storgata main street (great for shopping) and central to our accommodation, Blamann, Thorvalds and Egon are well known restaurants.
Free ski bus from the hotels mornings and afternoons The Olympic Park including the Olympic ski-jump arena and the Norwegian Olympic Museum The Sandvig Collection which is the largest open-air museum in Europe (extensive Christmas programme)