Why Beitostølen?

Why Hemsedal

  • A long and snowy winter season lasting from November till May
  • Great skiing for all levels offering both easy and challenging slopes
  • Easily available off piste skiing
  • A wide range of excellent accommodation
  • A large and professional ski school with English speaking instructors
  • The best after-ski in Scandinavia
  • Snow parks for both beginners and experts
  • Day care for children

Skiing in the Scandinavian alps

Hemsedal has a unique alpine feeling with high peaked mountains framing the little village. Here you find amazing skiing and miles of groomed slopes winding down from the three summits surrounding the ski resort.

Hemsedal is perfect for families and groups, travelling with skiers and snowboarders of different experience levels, whether beginners, intermediate or experts.

Here you can choose the difficulty that suits your skills, whether you prefer wide and easy slopes, snowparks, off-piste skiing, moguls or steep and challenging slopes. Hemsedal’ s longest ski run is 6 km and graded green (easy), starting at 1450 meters above sea level and ending at the Hemsedal Alpin Lodge afters a 810 meters decent.

Hemsedal offers excellent off-piste skiing that is easily accessible from the lift and the groomed slopes. English speaking off piste guides are available for skiers wanting to explore more of the mountain.

Hemsedal has three snow parks with a good variety of jumps and jib elements. The parks are ranging from beginner to expert and are popular among some of Norway’s best snowboarders and jib skiers. Hemsedal has a ski cross arena open to all guests, and a giant slalom arena with timer, where you can compete against friends and family, or you own time.

The large children’s ski area is located at the base of the ski resort with easy to handle ski lifts, gentle slopes, ski school and activities for children. Hemsedal also offers day care for small children (6 months – 8 years), conveniently located ski in/ski out.



Hemsedal is surrounded by high mountains and impressive natural setting, between the two major sites Oslo and Bergen in Norway. Mountaineering enthusiasts travel to Hemsedal all year round, but the main season is the winter months with the alpine skiing drawing the crowds.

For several years Hemsedal has been crowned Norway’s best ski resort with the combination of a wide range of skiing options for all levels, and an unbeatable nightlife, as important factors.

Night life

Hemsedal has several great restaurants, located close to the ski lift area and in Hemsedal village. The cosy bars gets lively during weekends and holidays, and offers one off Europe’s best after ski scene.


Hemsedal’s main business is ski tourism and the local shopping reflects on this with numerous sports shops offering clothing and equipment for skiing and outdoor activities. Hemsedal also have several grocery stores, liquor store and shops selling fashion, gift and home accessories.

Ski shool and ski rental

The ski school in Hemsedal is large and professional, offering group lessons and private lessons for both beginners and expert skiers. The ski school is open for children from 3-years and older, and all instructors speak English. Hemsedal has several outlets for hiring equipment like alpine skis, snowboard and cross country skis.

Things to do


Alpine skiing and snowboarding is the main attraction for most of the guest visiting Hemsedal, but the valley also offers fun winter activities off the groomed slopes

Off piste skiing

Hemsedal offers excellent off-piste skiing just a short walk from the ski lifts and the groomed slopes. Our ski school offers both guided tours and lessons for skiers wanting the explore more of the forest and the mountains around the ski resort. All instructors and guides speak English.

Dog sledding

Let a team of friendly huskies bring you out to the magnificent forest and lakes sounding Hemsedal. Choose to mush your own team with 5-6 huskies or sit back and enjoy the ride in the sled. This winter wonderland experience is perfect for the whole family. Ps, the dogs are very friendly and love a cuddle.

Via ferrata

Climb to the top of the mountain using permanently installed rope, ladders and wires, secured all the way to the top. At the top you have the best view of the valley and Hemsedal Skisenter. This is a thrilling and unforgettable experience.


Try out this action experience with horse power and speed on a 3 km long snow track. A fun and adrenaline filled activity for all. Children under 16 years can sit on the snow mobile with an adult. It is possible to book transportation to the track.


Join us for a high-speed sledding experience at the Hemsedal Ski Centre. This is great fun for the whole family, sledding down the slope after closing hours



Hemsedal has a numerous apartments and cabins to choose from. Most of the accommodation is located close to the slopes and lifts. Hemsedal is also known for the excellent large cabins for rent, perfect for groups and large families travelling together.

Skarsnuten Hotell

Modern hotel with a stunning view over the valley of Hemsedal. The hotel is situated at 1000 meter above sea level, overlooking the neighboring ski slopes. From here you reach the slopes in just a few minutes via the Skarsnuten ski lift or the transportation slopes. Free ski buss is also available. The food in the restaurant is excellent and the bar is open during both lunch and after ski.

Skogstad Hotell

Family owned hotel with long tradition and an informal atmosphere in the center of Hemsedal. The hotel has 3 restaurants, bar, microbrewery and wellness center. Here you also have a shopping, more restaurants, bars, grocery store and free ski buss within walking distance. A ski slope ends just 100 meter from the hotel, making a perfect last run of the day.

Hemsedal Alpin Lodge

Modern lodge with apartments equipped for self-catering and rooms located ski in/ski out to the slopes, lifts and the children’s ski area. Hemsedal Alpin Lodge has restaurant, ski rental, sport shop and grocery store. Here you can also buy SkiPass and book your ski school lessons. More restaurants, after ski and sports bar with bowling and arcade games are located within a short walking distance

Skarsnuten Fjallandsby

Modern apartments with the ski slopes as close neighbour situated at 1000 meter. The apartments are equipped for self-catering. From here you have the Skarsnuten ski lift or the transportation slopes to Hemsedal Skisenter within a short walk, making getting to and from the slopes easy. Free ski buss is also available. The restaurant and bar at Skarsnuten Hotell is also open to non- resident guests and are within a short walk

Mølla Sportell

Cosy and rustic style apartments, perfect for families and small groups. The apartments are equipped for self-catering, and are located at the entrance of Hemsedal Skisenter, about 600 meter walk lifts and ski slopes and restaurants. You also have to grocery store, ski rental, night club and bars within walking distance.

Getting there


Hemsedal is located between Norway’s to largest cities, Oslo and Bergen. You can travel fast and easy to Hemsedal by charter with direct flight from London to Fagernes Airport Leirin and a one hour shuttle to Hemsedal. Another option is flight to Oslo Lufthavn Gardemoen and airport transfer bus to Hemsedal on Friday or Sunday. It is also possible to rent a car. The drive from Oslo Lufthavn Gardemoen is approximately 3 hours.

Season:Dec – May
Nearest Airport:Fagernes via Oslo
Flight Time:2¾ hours
Direct Flight:Indirect
Transfer Time:45 mins from Fagernes. 3 ½ hours from Oslo
Elevation:1150 ft
Vertical Drop:1095 ft
Avg Snowfall:5 ft
Ski Area:450 acres
Ski Lifts:9
Grade:5% advanced
35% intermediates
60% beginners