Greeted by Thaw

by: friedbread - Jan 19, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 2
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 3
  • Nightlife 1

    Pros: Excellent lifts, ski hire and lockers, close proximity to hotels

    Cons: Icy pavements and slopes, sky high prices for drinks

    Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2009

Full review

Easy journey flying to Oslo - train station at airport for scenic two hour journey to to Lillehammer - then a 20 minute bus journey to hotel. Plenty of snow but thaw followed by a freeze left streets and slopes treacherous. There are numerous runs for beginners and intermediates - there are long green runs from the summit. There cannot be many resorts which offer such a variety of green and blue runs coupled with such a high standard of lifts, lockers, and equipment at a reasonable price. Snow machines and floodlit skiing add an extra dimension during the short winter days. Hafjell only has a handful of hotels - we stayed at the Quality Hotel - the food is wonderful - the public rooms are very impressive - it is a convention centre - we saw only a handful of residents there for skiing - slopes are a 10 minute walk or a minute by free ski bus. Buses to Lillehammer are free with a lift pass as are the electronic lockers by the lifts. Drinks are expensive and apres ski is fairly low key. A bottle of wine will cost at least £30 whether bought in a restaurant or a pizza hut. We were unlucky with the weather and look forward to returning to Hafjell when we have won the Lottery.