Geilo Skiheiser

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Geilo Skiheiser
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Geilo Skiheiser has 18 ski lifts of different types, and its maximum capacity is 24,000 passengers per hour. There are rarely queues, and there are 40 alpine slopes of varying degree of difficulty and length. Geilo is also a paradise for children, with lots of activities and areas suited for children. You will also find three areas for snowboarding. The ski slopes are situated near the centre of the village, and you can ski down the slopes, kick off your skis and wander right into the village. Nightskiing 4 days a week. Liftcard of two days or more can be used for nightskiing.
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bluehammer
Fleet, UK32 contributions
Family
Geilo Skiing: for first time skiers and intermediate skiers/boarders this place was great. We stayed at Gelolia Hyttenun with a group of 8 (4 adults, 4 kids). The Ski shop was relatively efficient and we were all decked out by mid Monday morning. Pre book your equipment - we did this direct with the ski centre and they were very helpful prior to our arrival. We also booked private ski lessons with them that were fantastic. We had 1 instructor for 1 hour each day with our 5 and 9 year old and they were on Blue slopes by day 3 at the top of the mountain (they had 4 lessons all up). The 11 and 12 year old progressed very quickly with their instructor also and we're on the jump courses and Red slopes by day 4. For the adults we had four 90 minute private lessons together also (3 beginner's, 1 back for a long layoff) and we all progressed to Blues quickly and some Reds when forced too by our coach....2 of us were relatively cautious skiiers hence the lessons really paid off in overcoming our tentative nature's.....unlike our kids who just dived into it uninhibited it seemed!
We skied the Geilolia slopes mostly as it was on our doorstep with great wide slopes and chairlifts so you could just ski there for the week. We also had a great day at Havsdalen across the valley where there is an amazing toboggan run - seriously quick. You need to hire these from the ski shop for 120Nok for the hour. Kids must be over 10 to use them and you need to have snowboard or normal boots on (no ski boots) but they are included in the price. A wonderful long green run for those less adventurous at Havsdalen which the whole family enjoyed racing down together as it's lovely and wide. We didn't check out Slaata but from all reports a great spot too. Geilo is a safe and relaxed atmosphere for skiing, wonderful for kids and we will certainly return.
Note that Apres ski is limited so if you want to ski all day and party all night Geilo may not be for you. If you are a hardcore skier or boarder it will likely be far too tame also.
Written February 22, 2016
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maurink
London, UK130 contributions
Friends
This area had good slopes for all levels ranging from green slopes for beginners to black mogul slopes for the more advanced. There are even jumps and rails. the slopes are groomed overnight so they are particularly pleasant to ski on in the mornings. One thing I would say is that the area is not very big so once you have stayed there for a week, you know all the slopes very well.
Written June 30, 2015
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Londontraveller738
London, UK3 contributions
Family
The slopes in Geilo are great for Families and beginners. They have areas with snowparks, rails , jumps and a halfpipe for those who seek a little more challenging run. They also have airbags which anyone can use, so long as they have twintip or snowboards. Remember not to use your poles, as I found out when I was politely explained as to what this was not allowed.
The facilities are a little tired, especially on the Geilo side of the valley, with older lifts and the buildings being a bit run down and not maintained very well.
The cafes are expensive and pretty much just serve up poor quality American fast foods, so best to either pack a lunch or go without, not worth the cost or the queues.
The lift operators are friendly, but we noticed that many were not very active in engaging with the public, wearing headphones and staying inside the lift cabins on some of the drag lifts.
My wife and son, both beginners enjoyed that they could access most of the slopes after only a few days, and one of the lift operators, an Australian whose name I cannot remember, was particularly helpful with directions, tips and suggestions for activities and a progression list for the slopes.
My kids really enjoyed our time there, we had very affordable accommodation beside the slopes, so ski in and out which saved us a lot of hassles. But pack warm clothes, lots of layers or even pick up some thermals in town.
Shopping is a bit of a hassle in Geilo as many of the shops close not long after the slopes shut, which made it a choice between skiing or shopping. Bit disappointing for my son who had some holiday money from his grandparents.
Overall, highly recommended for families and not as expensive as we were led to believe, with high quality accommodation and ski/travel packages for very reasonable prices, great snow and very new rental equipment.
They just need to give the place a bit of a refresh as it was looking a bit tired.
Written July 17, 2013
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Surfer-chic2
Abergavenny, UK82 contributions
Family
We enjoyed skiing here. V much for intermediate at best, but lovely, well pisted slopes. We arrived at the ski centre and our skis were there. We wanted more than basic skis, so we managed to exchange for better ones, but this wasn't guaranteed; there had clearly been a miscommunication in the booking. Thankfully, they had some premium ones to hire; they were excellent skis. V impressed.
We hired passes and had booked ski lessons for our 4 year old. Lessons only run in groups Monday- Friday. We arrived on Saturday. So we had two days of taking out little one out, which was fine: the nursery slope was well designed, with an excellent slope for the next level up- both with easy button lifts to access them.
Unfortunately, our (just) 4 year old had been put into the wrong ski lesson; she was put into white group, which was for beginners, apparently because of her age- but we both used to instruct, so she had skied since she was 2, and we go to our local dry slope every week. Basically, she was put with total beginners, and we were told there was no space for her to move up. Long story short. For two days we were told there was nothing we could do. I ended up going to another instructor (after complaining at the ski centre, and attempting to speak to the boss, to no avail) and he took her, even though she was 3 years younger than the group was supposed to be. So she had fun, but basically didn't learn anything. We took her out in afternoons to actually challenge her; it was basically childcare, not actual ski lesson.
The ski lessons are supposed to be 80 minutes.
The instructors arrive at 9.45/50, and about 10 by the time all the kids are scooped up and off.. (understandable).. but they're back by 11.00.
It's reasonably priced, but not 80 minutes! When we instructed, we would be there 5 minutes early, and we'd plan our lesson with the people we had.. it all seemed very relaxed but quite disorganised.
We booked our other daughter into Trollklubben which was was fantastic. They were wonderful. Our little one loved it, and we were able to be flexible; we picked her up early and took her out on baby skis. She had one key worker all week, and it was gorgeous: warm and sunny and lovely. Totally fantastic.
They need a small shop on site for the self catering. Milk/bread (even at a small extra cost) but it's a ridiculous distance and challenge to get to the supermarket.
The bus goes on time, and is good. It doesn't go very often, though, so getting across to the other side of the resort is quite a challenge if your kids are in lessons!
Written February 18, 2017
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AmandaJayneT
Hornsea, UK70 contributions
Couples
Unbelievably helpful to a skiing halfwit. Boots were super comfy. All issues dealt with in a friendly fuss free way. Thank you
Written February 13, 2017
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Rodrigo A
Sao Paulo, SP464 contributions
Family
This is a great attraction, specially with child! As all thinks in Norway, it's expensive for foreigners! But it's a good mountains to ski beginners and snowboarders!
Written January 16, 2017
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Farah A
6 contributions
Solo
It is important to never ever compare the Alpine resorts to the Norwegian resorts. Geilo Skiheiser is distinctively different and has it's own charm. It's a great place for beginners to intermediate riders / skiers, with a modest selection of wide runs that is not overly crowded, making it a great place to learn. The staff are awesome, friendly and super accommodating as well! A great place for a chilled-out family-friendly skiing / snowboarding holiday.
Disclaimer: Travelled in March 2015
Written April 11, 2016
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welshbl0ke
Buckley, UK284 contributions
Family
Great place. My son loved the snow parks with the variety of different ramps, boxes etc.

Good variety of runs in both sides of the mountain although the Geilo side would benefit from new chair access as only the Central area has one.

That said lovely slopes, quiet so new queues. Highly recommended.
Written April 10, 2016
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Ralph W
Dalry, UK63 contributions
Couples
In January, despite the locals saying that there wasn't much snow, I could ski on lovely prepared pistes all day. The skiing is a bit limited in area and scope, so if you are a good intermediate, you will become bored after about a day. However, next time I will probably do some xc skiing or some boarding.
Written March 28, 2016
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Peter W
Gothenburg, Sweden72 contributions
Couples
The skiarea was not top notch but the pists where in mint condition and wide and perfect for carving.
Written March 15, 2016
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