Skiing at Hemsedal is in the hands of SkiStar, which runs most aspects of the purpose-built ski centre.
Hemsedal itself is a small town at the foot of mounts Totten (elevation 1,450 metres), Hamaren (1,349 metres) and Roni (1,250 metres) on the banks of the River Hemsila. It is possible to reach the ski area from there using the free ski bus and later to ski back to the village. But probably more convenient for dedicated skiers is the relatively new self-contained Hemsedal Mountain Village which, as its name implies, is further up the mountain.
Some 140 miles north west of Oslo in the region of Hallingdal, the SkiStar resort has 49 ski runs of varying difficulty, served by 20 lifts. It also has snow parks, a skating rink, racing arena and play area.
In all, the ski runs total 45 kilometres in length. The emphasis is on easier skiing but there are nine red runs and five black – a total of 13 kilometres in all.
There are also plenty of off-piste opportunities. Suitable areas are easily accessible and private off-piste guiding and group excursions are both available for those who prefer not to venture off alone.
There are three snow parks, the largest of which has three red lines with jumps, rails and corner elements.
Hemsedal is big on children. There is a dedicated children’s ski area, complete with resident snowman, with seven slopes, eight lifts, a carpet lift, slalom course, and its own piste map. Also included in the children’s area is an activity park with toboggan and carousel, and mini park with jumps, rails and waves.
For younger children there is a day care centre next to the slopes suitable for children aged six months up to eight years old.
Winters are cold in Hemsedal, averaging between -1 degree and -5 degrees in the ski season (they can go as low as the minus 20s). Snow cover averages close to two feet throughout the season. Snow cannons cover 22 tracks totalling 21 kilometres.
The area is also a popular summer destination, attracting fishermen (and fisherwomen), hiker, climbers and cyclists, among others.
Getting to Hemsedal involves a flight to Fagernes Airport or Oslo. The first is the nearest – about 50 miles and one hour away by car – but is a regional airport only used for internal flights and by ski holiday charter companies (the UK company Crystal Holidays is one of them and offers charter flights). The nearest scheduled flights come to Hemsedal is Oslo, which is around 150 miles and a three hour drive away.
There is a transfer bus between Oslo Airport Gardermoen and Hemsedal which runs two days a week and takes approximately three hours 30 minutes.
|Height of resort||810m|
|Number of ski runs||49 – 5 black, 9 red, 14 blue, 21 green|
|Length of ski runs||45km|
|Longest ski run||6km|
|Number of lifts||20, including 6 chairlifts, 4 T bars and 8 button lifts.|
|Snow cannons||355, covering 22km|
|Floodlit slopes||10 (totalling 12km)|
|Nearest airport||Fagernes (50 miles),
Oslo (150 miles)
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