Many people are surprised to find that Norway is a powerhouse of ice and snow. When many people want to go skiing, they always think of Switzerland first. In fact, many countries in northern Europe have many ski resorts, ski hotels, etc. due to their geographical conditions. Here are 5 of Norway's most prestigious ski resorts.

1. Geilo

One of the best ski resorts in Norway, Geilo is located on the far northwest border of the former county of Buskerud. The road to the top of the mountain is easy in either direction. The beautiful scenery here is very suitable for hiking in summer, so it is suitable for any season.

There are so many hotels in this small city, with plenty of beds, almost as many as there are residents here. This family-friendly ski resort covers all the slopes in the area, so as a skier you don't have to worry about crowded runs or waiting in line for the lift.

The ski resorts are grouped according to difficulty, so beginners don't need to worry about taking the wrong course, which is very friendly for beginners.

2. Lillehammer

Lillehammer is a ski resort that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics and has legendary status on the Norwegian winter sports scene. Lillehammer actually includes 5 ski resorts, of which Hafger is the largest in the region. The Olympic Park is the focal point of the resort, with a plethora of world-class facilities.

Those who prefer cross-country skiing to alpine skiing can find everything they need on the slopes. Alpine skiers can enjoy short-distance skiing in skikampen, Sjusjøen, Spåtind, and more.

Lillehammer's accommodation is rich in grades, including chain-star hotels, express hotels, boutique hotels, homestays, and motels, with prices ranging from luxury to economy, which can meet the needs of all classes.

3. Trysil

Trysil Ski Resort is located in a large forest in eastern Norway and is famous for its world-class downhill skiing. The ski area is adjacent to Sweden and has a long-term partnership with the sister ski area Sälen on the Swedish border, and the airport on the Swedish side also offers Trysil services.

Continue to experience new challenges on more than 80 slopes of varying difficulty, and here you will rediscover your skiing potential. After a hard day's alpine skiing, you'll especially be looking forward to food and drinks, or a social dance.

4. Hemsedal

The Hemsedal ski area is known for its large swathes of mountain and forest chalets. With over 44 kilometers of slopes, this resort is popular with regular skiers. There are tons of other facilities available even if you're not on a snowboard. In addition to regular hotels, there are also many different types of holiday cabins or tree houses.

Hemsedal is usually very popular during school holidays and public holidays, and prices for room and board can go up, but you can find reasonable prices in the off-season.

5. Oslo Winter Park

The Norwegian capital's Oslo Winter Park opened in 1998, after a long time without a ski center suitable for alpine sports in Norway. There are several slopes near Holmenkollen, but not a complete alpine ski run.

Oslo Winter Park changes all that, and for those looking for fast-paced winter activities in and around the Norwegian capital Oslo, Oslo Winter Park is the hippest new outpost. This area is a great starting point for cross-country skiing, and now you can have all kinds of fun in the snow with your gear.