Geilo is an amazing ski resort and charming town, situated between two National Parks with incredible scenery and a great snow record. Geilo is a fantastic choice for families and groups looking to discover the delights skiing in Norway brings.
It's a favourite resort amongst families with two fantastic local ski schools that offer free ski school for children aged under six all season. Geilo can be reached by the famous Oslo Bergen Railway, one of Europe’s best rail journeys which features a family carriage to keep children entertained and views of Norway’s Fjord region.
Groups of family and friends are sure to have an unforgettable stay in Geilo due to the amazing facilities, and exciting range of activities such as dog sledging, fat biking and snowshoeing. Geilo is a perfect learn to ski destination with a truly memorable winter atmosphere. For non-skiers, the resort offers spa hotels and extensive cross country terrain.
Resort Altitude: 800m
Resort Skiing: 1,180m
Total Ski Area: 40km
Green Runs: 10km
Blue Runs: 10km
Red Runs: 15km
Black Runs: 5km
Cross Country: 220km
Travel date 15/02/2020
Booked by: Amy Knight
There are three key areas in Geilo, located on either side of the Ustedalsfjord. These are linked by shuttle bus and offer quite different skiing terrain, with the majority of the green runs located on the Geiblia Vestlia Skisenter side which has the best nursery slopes in the resort.
The Geilohysen side is much steeper, home to the majority of the red and black runs whereas nearby Slatta has another learner area which is linked to more advanced slopes.
Geilo offers versatile pistes great for beginner and intermediate skiers. The 40km of slopes include beginner nursery slopes to challenging black runs. The wide and quiet pistes make for pleasurable skiing with most of the skiing within the treeline. There's also a floodlit cross-country slope for those wanting to venture out in the evening.
Both sides of the resort have half pipes and the one at Geildia has a fun park adjacent to it. This has all sorts of features, from tabletops to rail slides and two gap jumps.
With a great variety of terrain on offer, snowboarders will enjoy the pistes of Geilo as much as they will the snowpark.
Geilo has two ski schools servicing different parts of the resort. We can take care of your ski school requirements and advise on what would work best. Ski schools can sell out quickly for peak dates with smaller class sizes in Norway. If you’re travelling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.
The Trollklubben crèche takes babies from six months through to children up to the age of 8 and it offers a brilliant array of activities; from sledging to singing and drawing to sculpture building. They're conveniently situated at the base of the ski slopes, so you'll easily be able to pop in throughout the day and collect your children once you've finished skiing.
You can choose to pay by the hour, day or week and they're open every day from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
There are a number of lively bars more akin to European après in Geilo, where things start to get going at around 3pm - Dr Holms' Bar is popular with locals and tourists alike. There are also some cosy and relaxed ski lounges where you can enjoy a more civilised drink after a day's skiing, these tend to be within the resorts' many hotels.
If you're looking for a dancefloor later in the evening head to Off-Pist, which is found in the centre of the resort and is open to 2:30am.
Gelio offers many other traditional Scandinavian activities besides skiing. You can explore the beautiful Norwegian landscape whilst dog sledding with Geilo Husky, who will show you how to drive your own sled. You'll also find an excellent mile-long toboggan run, ice fishing and snowmobiling (look our for deer and eagles) on offer within the resort.
Oslo and Bergen are both easily accessible by a scenic train journey so non-skiers can always explore two of Norway's major cities and all they have to offer.
Geilo is 100% hydro-electric powered, with a wide-ranging action plan to help reduce its carbon footprint. Its efforts were recognised through the award it received in 2016 as a Sustainable Travel Destination – one of the first destinations in Norway to gain this quality mark. This was achieved through Geilo meeting several sustainable benchmarks, such as its excellent accessible public transport network, preservation of its local community and carefully protected Nation Park areas.