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Hemsedal Resort Guide

The Hemsedal resort guide summary is: Hemsedal has 21 lifts within its 167 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 808m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 46 trail at Hemsedal.


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Hemsedal Resort Guide

The Hemsedal resort guide summary is: Hemsedal has 21 lifts within its 167 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for beginner and intermediate levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 808m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 46 trail at Hemsedal.

Vertical:

Top: 1493m
Arrow
808m
Bot: 685m

Best for:

Beginner level skier
Beginners/
Intermediates

Trails:

46
65%
20%
15%

Hectares of Ski:

167
Snowmaking: 23%

Hemsedal Lifts:

  • drag lift icon15
  • ski lift icon6
  • cablecar icon
Total lifts = 21
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Visiting Hemsedal

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Hemsedal.

  • Season opens
    20 Nov 2020
  • Season closes
    2 May 2021
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    8 | 7
  • Nearest Airport
    Oslo
  • Nearest Train Station
    Gol
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone
    +4732055030

Hemsedal Features

The terrain at Hemsedal includes:

  • Halfpipes
    2
  • Terrain Parks
    1
  • X-Country
    220.0 km
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Hemsedal resort?

Hemsedal in Norway is a large resort with 21 lifts (6 chair lifts, 15 surface lifts) that offers skiers an impressive 800 metres (2625 feet) of vertical descent. Hemsedal has 415 acres of terrain with 46 pistes. Hemsedal is best suited for intermediate skiers and snowboarders but there is a also a lot of terrain for beginners and experts too. There are 220 kilometers (138 miles) of cross country ski trails at Hemsedal. For snowboarders, there is a terrain park and 2 half pipes. About one quarter of the pistes at Hemsedal are covered by snowmaking. The closest airport is at Oslo but the transfer time is 2.5 hours. The nearest train station to Hemsedal is at Gol. There is accommodation located close to the pistes but we would welcome additional information about any hotels or chalets in Hemsedal.


Explore Hemsedal Location Map

Interactive Hemsedal trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.


When's the snowiest month to visit Hemsedal?

DecemberAverage: 4.6 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Hemsedal is week 4 of December. There are typically 4.6 snowy days during this week with 25cm of snowfall. Check out the Hemsedal Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Hemsedal

Overall: 4.0 Based on 10 votes and 5 reviews

  • Snowsure 3.8
  • Variety of pistes 4.1
  • Off-piste 4.4
  • Scenery 3.8
  • Apres-Ski 3.8
  • Vote

Chris Cook from United Kingdom writes:

We spent a week skiing in Hemsedel with Crystal in late Jan 2014. The flight was an easy 1 hour 20 mins from Gatwick and the transfer an hour and a half through picture postcard landscape.

We had a three bedroom apartment for two couples at Panorama, half way up the mountain and with a small easy piste passing 50 metres from the apartment. It was nearly ski in ski out.

The apartment had spectacular views over the pistes to the valley below. We were self-catering so had to be well organised with the food shopping, but a combination of expeditions via the ski bus and daily visits to the well-stocked shop at the Alpin Lodge, to pop basics in the back pack, did the trick. The rep also organised a food welcome pack which was a great touch.

As four older adults, a pitcher of beer for ‘after-ski’ watching some great live bands for an hour or two, was plenty. Then back home and into the sauna. Drink is very expensive in Norwegian bars, but so it is in the Alps. However, low strength beer, in the supermarkets, is similar to UK. With some duty free gin from Gatwick we were sorted. It was also possible to walk up to the beautiful hotel for a £9 pint, or a posh meal with spectacular views.

The skiing was perfect for four cautious skiers, plenty of easy long wide greens with good elevation. The piste map shows a green from the top of the highest mountain ‘Totten’, but I would say this was a challenging blue, near red, in parts down to mid station, having said that there is plenty of good easy skiing from the top of the 8 chair express lift, from mid-station down. The pistes were nearly empty during the week, very wide in parts and lift queues were rare, in all very relaxing skiing.

We were lucky with the snow, when we arrived they had three weeks of heavy snow previously and we had several inches of snow every night and light flurries during the day. The last three days was knee high champagne powder. The temperature was -10 to -15, which is manageable with the right kit. The ski gear was easy to hire as there was a shop, ten minutes’ walk up to the Skarsnuten Hotel.

Crystal Holidays were very good with an excellent resort rep, offering lots of exciting non-skiing options such as dog sledging etc. Having done these trips before in Finland and being on a tight budget we did not partake, but there was plenty to keep non-skiers amused. Being out of town and up the mountain meant that one had to be savvy with the ski bus timetable, but as we were at home every evening it was not an issue.

With a late flight on the Sunday we were able to ski in the morning which was a bonus and in all, by avoiding partying the night away, this was an excellent value for money ski holiday. A good resort, great skiing and great people.

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