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    Ski slopes of Geilo

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 800 metres

Top elevation: 1,174 metres

Number of lifts: 20

Number of runs: 39

Access: Bergenbanen, the famous railway between Oslo and Bergen, stops in Geilo.

Geilo has 39 slopes and 20 lifts, separated across two sides of the valley. The season is usually up and running by early December and it closes at the end of April - there is usually enough snow to see it through until then. Lifts open at 9am and close at 4.30pm (earlier in December and January). During January-March they have night skiing three nights per week, which will take you through until 8pm.

Geilo do not offer the snow guarantee found elsewhere in Norway (Trysil & Hemsedal), but please do not interpret this as a lack of confidence when it comes to snow cover. It is simply the case that Geilo resort is a smaller, independently-owned operation, whereas the above two ski mountain have the might and resource of 'SkiStar' behind them, which affords them the clout to underwrite this offer.  Geilo has an excellent snow record and you can confidently expect good cover from mid December until mid April.

The ski pass covers both sides of the valley - Vestlia and Slaatta - and the ski shuttle bus which takes you between the two. The keycard itself costs 50p - hey, we'll cover that.

Kids under 7 years old ride for free, but they still need a keycard, which will only be dispensed if they are wearing a helmet. Seniors are considered to be over 62 years old and 'Children' are up to 16 years old. 

Indicative prices are as follows:
 

1 Day (Adult) GBP 40
1 Day (Children & Senior) GBP 30
1 week (Adult) GBP 150
1 week (Children & Senior) GBP 130

There are actually five different ski rental outlets across Geilo, but we have our favourite who has convenient outlets just beside the lifts of both sides of the mountain.  Quality is good, with our preferred supplier enjoying a strong relationship with Salomon, resulting in the latest, this-season kit being available.

'Children' are those up to six years old, 'Youth' then takes you up to 15 and the rest of us are adults. You can collect your gear from the shops from 3pm the day prior to the rental period.

For you experience-everything adventurers they also operate a 'Multi-Rent' scheme, whereby you can switch codes between downhill ski, snowboarding, cross-country and telemark equipment. This is largely because this is what the average Norwegian is capable of! It really doesn't cost that much more - let us know if you if you have the skills.

1 day STANDARD ski, boots & poles GBP 35
1 day PLATINUM ski, boots & poles GBP 50
1 day YOUTH ski, boots & poles GBP 30
1 day CHILD ski, boots & poles GBP 22
1 week STANDARD ski, boots & poles GBP 85
1 week PLATINUM ski, boots & poles GBP 120
1 week YOUTH ski, boots & poles GBP 68
1 week CHILD ski, boots & poles GBP 55

 In Geilo there are several ski schools, but once again we have our tried and tested preferred options. Great instructors, with English-speaking abilities almost at native level, and well-organised. They are particularly good with kids and have a well-developed programme which is fun and focused. They offer group lessons, private tuition and guiding.

For their group lessons, everyone is first divided according to age - workings backwards it's Adults / Teens (12-15 years) / BergTrolls (9-12 years) / SkogTrolls (6-8 years) and then SmaTrolls (4-5 years). What I'd do to be a SkogTroll again! A second distinction is then made between ability levels - White (beginner) / Green (on to parallels) / Blue (perfect parallels) / Red (more difficult slopes) and Black (polish and develop). 

All ski school group lessons start on Monday and end on the Friday, although we can usually organise Monday-Thursday also. Lessons last 80 minutes.

Private lessons can be booked for one hour, two hour or half day sessions. They can be booked at any time, on any day of the week (subject to availability)  and you can cover skiing, snowboarding, telemark, cross country or park skills (they also operate some group lessons focusing on park skills). Obviously, if you are several people who want to take private tuition together as a group, then you must be at the same level.

Indicative prices are as follows: 

Group course for 5 days (1 person) GBP 100
1 hour private lesson (2 persons) GBP 80
Half day private lesson (1 person) GBP 145

The ski pass covers both sides of the valley - Vestlia and Slaatta - and the ski shuttle bus which takes you between the two. The keycard itself costs 50p - hey, we'll cover that.

Kids under 7 years old ride for free, but they still need a keycard, which will only be dispensed if they are wearing a helmet. Seniors are considered to be over 62 years old and 'Children' are up to 16 years old. 

Indicative prices are as follows:
 

1 Day (Adult) GBP 40
1 Day (Children & Senior) GBP 30
1 week (Adult) GBP 150
1 week (Children & Senior) GBP 130

There are actually five different ski rental outlets across Geilo, but we have our favourite who has convenient outlets just beside the lifts of both sides of the mountain.  Quality is good, with our preferred supplier enjoying a strong relationship with Salomon, resulting in the latest, this-season kit being available.

'Children' are those up to six years old, 'Youth' then takes you up to 15 and the rest of us are adults. You can collect your gear from the shops from 3pm the day prior to the rental period.

For you experience-everything adventurers they also operate a 'Multi-Rent' scheme, whereby you can switch codes between downhill ski, snowboarding, cross-country and telemark equipment. This is largely because this is what the average Norwegian is capable of! It really doesn't cost that much more - let us know if you if you have the skills.

1 day STANDARD ski, boots & poles GBP 35
1 day PLATINUM ski, boots & poles GBP 50
1 day YOUTH ski, boots & poles GBP 30
1 day CHILD ski, boots & poles GBP 22
1 week STANDARD ski, boots & poles GBP 85
1 week PLATINUM ski, boots & poles GBP 120
1 week YOUTH ski, boots & poles GBP 68
1 week CHILD ski, boots & poles GBP 55

 In Geilo there are several ski schools, but once again we have our tried and tested preferred options. Great instructors, with English-speaking abilities almost at native level, and well-organised. They are particularly good with kids and have a well-developed programme which is fun and focused. They offer group lessons, private tuition and guiding.

For their group lessons, everyone is first divided according to age - workings backwards it's Adults / Teens (12-15 years) / BergTrolls (9-12 years) / SkogTrolls (6-8 years) and then SmaTrolls (4-5 years). What I'd do to be a SkogTroll again! A second distinction is then made between ability levels - White (beginner) / Green (on to parallels) / Blue (perfect parallels) / Red (more difficult slopes) and Black (polish and develop). 

All ski school group lessons start on Monday and end on the Friday, although we can usually organise Monday-Thursday also. Lessons last 80 minutes.

Private lessons can be booked for one hour, two hour or half day sessions. They can be booked at any time, on any day of the week (subject to availability)  and you can cover skiing, snowboarding, telemark, cross country or park skills (they also operate some group lessons focusing on park skills). Obviously, if you are several people who want to take private tuition together as a group, then you must be at the same level.

Indicative prices are as follows: 

Group course for 5 days (1 person) GBP 100
1 hour private lesson (2 persons) GBP 80
Half day private lesson (1 person) GBP 145

Resort Scorecard

Snowsure


Beginners


Intermediate


Advanced


Snowboarders


Après Ski


Families


Base elevation: 800 metres

Top elevation: 1,174 metres

Number of lifts: 20

Number of runs: 39

Access: Bergenbanen, the famous railway between Oslo and Bergen, stops in Geilo.