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Hafjell ski resort, Norway

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Officially titled the Hafjell Alpine Centre, this fantastic ski resort offers great terrain for all levels, as well as onsite accommodations, dining and nightlife.

Hafjell is only 15 minutes away from Lillehammer, home to the 1994 Winter Olympics, so you have more accommodation, dining and après ski options there if you don't find what you're looking for at the ski village. Hafjell is also only 2 hours away from Oslo International Airport, so you can be down on the ground and out on the slopes in no time.

Like the rest of Norway, Hafjell has an efficient system of lifts and you'll find that waiting in a queue never hinders your time spent shredding the incredible snow here. Because of its protected inland location Hafjell has a consistent snowfall, with little wind and a snow season that lasts from November to the end of April.

The mountain itself features 31 pistes stretching over 40 kilometres and ranging from beginner to advanced, with the majority being in the beginner and intermediate sections. This is a great resort for families. There's a children's area including a conveyor belt and two T-bars, as well as Barneland for children between the ages of 4 and 6 to attend ski school in a fun and easy atmosphere. Day care is also available here.

For those that like to ride park, the Hafjell Park offers lots of fun features and new challenges for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Also connected to the park is a ski-cross course if you're up for the challenge.

But skiing isn't everything this fun resort offers. Besides night-skiing activities, visitors can also partake in sledging, snowmobiling, and ATV-ing. You'll find a great selection of restaurants and cafes here, as well as discotheques if you happen to have any energy left. Afterwards cozy up in one of the local cabins or hotels, or even stay at Scandinavia's southernmost ice hotel.

Another thing you might want to look into if you're extending your stay in Norway is a five-resort ski pass. This includes all five of the Lillehammer Ski Resorts, gaining you access to not only Hafjell but also Kvitfjell, Skeikampen, Gala and Sjusjoen for a total of 113 kilometres of terrain.

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