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Visitor reviews for Hafjell Ski Resort

Hafjell Ratings

Overall: 4.8. Based on 2 votes and 7 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 5.0

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Hafjell is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 5.0

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Hafjell has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 5.0

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 4.5

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Hafjell.

Public Transport: 4.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Hafjell, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 5.0

(1) No places to stay in/near Hafjell, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 4.0

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.0

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Hafjell.

Ski in/Ski out: 5.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 5.0

(1) There are no child care facilities at Hafjell, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 5.0

(1) Hafjell relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 5.0

(1) There are no snow groomers at Hafjell, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Hafjell are groomed daily.

Shelter: 5.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Hafjell is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 5.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Hafjell, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 5.0

(1) Hafjell usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 5.0

(1) The staff at Hafjell are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Hafjell are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.5

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 5.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 5.0

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 5.0

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 5.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Hafjell, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 5.0

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 5.0

(1) Not even a kicker at Hafjell, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 5.0

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Hafjell, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 5.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Hafjell has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 5.0

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 5.0

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 5.0

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 5.0

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 5.0

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 5.0

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 5.0

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 5.0

(1) Overall, Hafjell is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 5.0

(1) Overall, Hafjell is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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November 27, 2010
paul collins from Ski Ireland Ireland
I have been going to Hafjell for the past 4 Christmas's with over 100 Irish school children. The slopes are excellent as are instructors and staff, nothing ever seems too much trouble. We stay in Birbebeinern in Lilehammer,15mins from slopes. Excellent accomodation, food and staff. Back again in 4 weeks with another 100 young people...can't wait!!
November 09, 2010
Geir Kolstroem from Ski Norway Norway
For the kids: HafjellParken is building a new park for the youngest park riders, and it will be ready for the season opening. The park will contain a 100m lift with two different rail lines with different difficulty. The parks location is at Mosetertoppen; the best location in Hafjell. Where the riders want to be: Hafjell want to make HafjellParken a even better place to be. They are building a new house where you can take some time off from riding in Hafjells best view. Music and wireless Internet access is there, so you can easily check your facebook status and upload your photos from your phone:) Backyard and the Railpark: Last year's opening of Backyard was a success form day one. Hafjell are now putting in more lifts and have mores shaping hours to spend there to keep up with the massive use of the park. Hafjell are also upgrading our rails and buying a lot of new ones. New snow makers is put up in the rail park, so They are aiming for a early start.
January 06, 2010
CG from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from New Year holiday skiing Hafjell - excellent resort for 2 intermediates, superb snow & pisting long flattering runs & no lift queues - even on hol Saturdays - lots of English spoken but still a nice friendly Scandinavian atmosphere - stay in Hafjell or Hundersfossen resort - near the Olympic bob run - save time on the transfer busses plus you get first morning runs and night skiing.
December 04, 2009
J Jarstad, M.D. from Ski United States United States
Hafjell is very comparable to resorts in the USA. Excellent rental staff, many of them speak excellent English. Very cold when we visited in early March, but the runs were well groomed and everyone was most friendly and welcoming. If you want an excellent ski experience comparable to anything in the USA, ski here at Hafjell. Very family friendly, yet challenging enough for a former competitive downhill racer.
January 07, 2009
S Morrissey Forde from Ski Norway Norway
We are just back from a week skiing in Hafjell. It was fantastic. We had being skiing twice before so the slopes here were perfect for us. There is a good few green and blue slopes and you can ski on these right from the top of the mountain down or if you are a bit braver you can take a red/black route down so it caters for all. We had an 11 year old and a 15 year old with us and they loved it as they could do some off-piste skiing through forests. We did five days of ski school 90 mins a day and it was well worth it and Eric, our instructor, was fantastic. We stayed in Lillehammer and got the ski bus up each day. I would highly recommend you do the husky dog trip while over there; well worth it. Norway is more expensive than Ireland or UK so be prepared to fork out a bit more for food and drink. We will definitely return.
December 19, 2007
P Johnston from Ski Ireland Ireland
The ski area at Hafjell has expanded over the past few years, and with the addition of a gondola, there are a good number of varied runs for all ski levels. There are also more "family" and nursery runs and the childcare is excellent. This is definitely the place to introduce your young family to skis (or boards).
January 11, 2004
peter diffner from Ski Sweden Sweden
Hafjell has a limited skiarea, but with a smashing skiing ! The sloopes are very very long making good runs. Some very steep. 50 km north is KVITFJELL incl in liftcard home for Olympic Downhill -92. The downhill race is even more awful to take than Kitzbuhls. After a trtemedous downhill you land in a pub.Then take the lift up again. Close to Kvitfjell is one of the worlds finest oldset STAVchurches from Vikingtime. A nice exiting skiarea. Kvitfjell can be reached by train from Oslo landing by the main lift !!!