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Skiing and Snowboarding in Norway 2024-2025

Winter season invites tourists to try their hand at skiing and snowbording on the Norwegian slopes

Best time: November–April

Skiing and Snowboarding
Skiing and Snowboarding

Luxurious Norwegian mountains make Norway a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. Top ski resorts include Dombås, Gaustatoppen, Hovden, Kongsberg, Lillehammer, Oslo, Rauland and Voss. The ski season sometimes starts as early as late October, but mainly in early November and sometimes in December, depending on snow conditions. The slopes are usually skiable until April.

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What are some recommended ski resorts in Norway?

Norway has top ski resorts such as Dombås, Gaustatoppen, Hovden, Kongsberg, Lillehammer, Oslo, Rauland, and Voss. Each offers unique experiences like Lillehammer's reputation, Hovden for families, Voss with the steepest slopes, and Gaustatoppen's lengthy ski season. These skiing spots are perfect for ski enthusiasts keen on adrenaline boosts or just having fun. Show more

What is the best time to ski or snowboard in Norway?

November-April is Norway's skiing season, but the optimal time is from November to January, where blizzards are most frequent. Late February to March is the peak season because of longer days, milder weather, and stability. Crowds are more common during this period, so it is best to ski in early March for better enjoyment. Warmer days towards April can create slushy or icy snow on the slopes. Show more

What is the duration of the ski season in Norway?

Ski season in Norway may last from early November to late April, but this can vary depending on climate and snowfall. Skiing possibilities may decrease in April, with slushy or icy snow, due to the warming weather. The most suitable periods for skiing are from November to January, and slopes are well-maintained during the ski season. Any time within the skiing season can still be a great time to ski in Norway despite weather conditions. Show more

What winter activities are available in Norway aside from skiing and snowboarding?

In Norway, winter activities are endless. Besides skiing and snowboarding, adventurers can try dogsledding/snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing, and fat biking. Experience relaxation by soaking in saunas or traditional wooden hot tubs called “Badehus” while viewing snow-capped mountains. Norway provides a wealth of entertainment and leisure activities to spice up the winter season. Show more

What are some beginner ski slopes for kids in Norway?

Kid-friendly skiing is accessible in Norway with sites such as KIDS Skitorget, which offers instructors, a terrain park, and a magic carpet. Hafjell Resort is excellent as well, with an exceptional ski school and free Children’s Ski Safari. Beginners can choose from other resorts like Beitostølen, Trysil, and Geilo, offering suitable slopes to cultivate skiing proficiency and develop a love for skiing activities. Show more

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