Geilo Ski Resort

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. 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.

Geilo Transfer Time
Map Marker 3h 30m
Map Marker 3h 30m

Best For...

  • Beginner skiers
  • Families
  • Intermediate skiers
  • Non-skiers
  • Sustainability

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 800m
  • Skiing Altitude 1,180m
  • Total Ski Area 40km
  • Lifts 26
  • Green Runs 10km
  • Blue Runs 10km
  • Red Runs 15km
  • Black Runs 5km
  • Cross Country 220km

Ski Accommodation in Geilo, Norway

Our collection of Geilo ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

A luxury ski cabin in Norway
Ski Areas in Geilo

Ski Areas in Geilo

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.

Skiing in Geilo

Skiing in Geilo

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.

Snowboarding in Geilo

Snowboarding in Geilo

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.

Sustainable Choice

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.

Ski Schools in Geilo

Ski Schools in Geilo

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.

Crèches in Geilo

Crèches in Geilo

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.

Restaurants in Geilo

Restaurants in Geilo

Geilo has some fantastic dining options dotted around its cosy and charming village. From classic Scandinavian cuisine to international flavours, there is something for every taste.

Restaurant Hallingstuene is a well-renowned spot in the centre of Geilo, with a traditional à la carte menu served up by famous chef, Frode Aga. Vestlia Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is a more contemporary eatery, with glamorous interiors and a decadent terrace for soaking up the sun. Highland Pizzeria is well worth a visit for its unparalleled homemade pizza and pasta dishes, crafted with fresh ingredients and Italian influence.

Best Restaurants in Geilo
Après Ski in Geilo

Après Ski in Geilo

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.

Best Geilo Après Ski and Nightlife


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.

Map of Geilo

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