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Hemsedal Ski Resort Guide

Hemsedal, Norway

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length47km
Highest Lift1,450m
Resort Height700m
 Nearest AirportFagernes
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One of Norway's leading resorts Hemsedal, boasts some of the country's most testing terrain and has been the site of a World Cup Super Giant Slalom. The village, which markets itself as, 'The Scandinavian Alps' itself offers high quality accommodation, facilities and ever improving deals for families with young children. The excellent Trollia Kindergarten takes children from 3 months and the Trollia also provides free safety helmets for children. Children up to age 7 ski free. The enhanced web site features a video cam pointing at the slopes which is updated three times daily.


The Norwegian ski resort of Hemsedal is at an altitude of 700m, with 47km of marked runs.

Hemsedal has direct access to 47km of downhill skiing, with 51 marked pistes, served by a total of 24 ski lifts.

Snow cover is generally reliable due to the Scandinavian climate..

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Hemsedal?

The next notable snow forecast is 2cm, expected on 26 September.

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Ski Area Stats

Hemsedal Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Expert Trails
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Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
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Number of Lifts


Hemsedal Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,450m
Resort Altitude (Hemsedal)700m
Lowest Piste640m
Max Vertical810m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Hemsedal
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Hemsedal Overview

Hemsedal has grown to become what many consider Norway's leading winter sports resort. It boasts some of the country's most extensive and testing terrain and has been the site of a World Cup Super Giant Slalom. The modern lift system includes four high speed detachable quads.

Rich in heritage, Hemsedal village, which markets itself as 'The Scandinavian Alps' offers high quality accommodation, facilities and ever improving deals for families. The 'Alps' image is promoted to underline the fact that, unlike much of Scandinavia, the mountains around Hemsedal rise steeply and impressively rather than being the gentle rolling hills you're likely to encounter in most other northern European resorts. The local mountain peaks reach 2000 metres (6562 feet), the highest in Scandinavia.

In common with other resorts on this latitude, the snow starts to fall early and the season can last from the middle of November in to May. However, Hemsedal has a large amount of artificial snowmaking equipment to ensure the availability of slopes throughout the season.

The resort is located pretty well equi-distant from Oslo and Bergen in the heart of Norway and has an international, cosmopolitan feel with 65% of guests arriving from abroad - especially Holland, Germany, the UK and other Scandinavian nations.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Hemsedal is 6km long and the most difficult run is the 'Totten', which is 2km in length.


Hemsedal's extensive ski area is one of only half a dozen in Scandinavia to offer a vertical of 800 metres or more (all the others, except Åre in Sweden, are in Norway). It is located about 2km (just over a mile) from Hemsedal village, although you can stay slopeside and all the way along the road from the resort to the slopes. There is a second smaller ski area included on the lift ticket at Solheisen, 11km (7 miles) away. It has three drag lifts serving half a dozen trails which cater for all abilities.

For beginners there's a special ski area at the bottom of the mountain and long gentle cruisers to move on to. Intermediates have a good range of trails including challenging routes down through the trees and bowl skiing above the treeline. Hemsedal has plenty to entertain more advanced and expert level winter sports fans - especially if you take them up on the many guided tour options including off piste and high mountain touring.

On piste there are some steep mogul fields and a long World Cup course down from the area's high point at Totten peak. Slalom fans have a self-timer course and there are weekly races for almost all ages and abilities and in all disciplines. Parallel races with two competitors descending together are organised twice a week at the Solheisen centre. There are vast cross-country trails, 220km (138 miles) locally. Two trails (the 2km and 3km) are floodlit until about 11pm daily.

Telemarking is popular and it's possible to take a mountain top expedition on telemark skis, skiing up with animal skins under the skis to give grip and then skiing down again. Night skiing is available from 5.30 until 9pm four evenings every week. This night skiing covers tough and intermediate stand trails as well as the gentle slopes.

Hemsedal offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.


Hemsedal is one of the world's best snowboarding destinations thanks to its combination of an open minded approach to winter sports and its exceptionally good snowboard park - one of the best in Europe.

The resort's stable snow conditions throughout the long Scandinavian ski season enable it to produce superb parks.

Hemsedalparken by Burn: 800 m, 5 rail elements, 1 giant barrel, 1 wall ride, 1 flag pole, 6 jumps 1 big jump 12 - 15 m in piste No. 42. Jump Street: 900 m, 2 blue lines with in all, 12 rail elements, 6 jumps and 1 wall ride in piste No. 33. Panoramaparken: 500 m, blue line with 2-3 rail elements, 1 jump, 1 corner in piste 4. Play Park: 400 m, green line with elements for children and beginners with 3 rail elements, 4 jumps, banked curves and waves in piste No. 39.

The après ski scene is also pretty good for 'boarders with a host of lively venues and an international feel overall.

Location and Map

Where is Hemsedal?

This ski resort is in Buskerud, Norway.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Hemsedal is Fagernes, 78 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 24 ski lifts are able to uplift 28,500 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 26km of ski runs, with 310 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Hemsedal open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early November (The dates of the season premiere and season closing dates are weather dependent), and usual closing is Early May.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Hemsedal, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Hemsedal Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Hemsedal has a reputation for both a good variety of nightlife, down from sophisticated piano bars; and a range of very lively night spots, such as Garasjen, Hemsedal Cafe and Stavkroa. Dancing into the small hours is available on selected nights.

There are plenty of organised evening activities, including sleigh rides with mulled wine and a weekly 'Rumpe Rally' tobogganing evening at Hemsedal ski centre and Solheisen ski centre. Those who has had their fill of Tyrolean evenings in the Alps will enjoy the rough and tumble of the weekly Viking Adventure at Huso Fjellgard.