48-hours in Norefjell in Norway
19th December 2023 | James Cove, Norefjell, Norway
Last modified on December 23rd, 2023
PlanetSKI had an exclusive invitation to report on the new Crystal Ski flight from Gatwick to Oslo. It would be rude not to head to a ski resort & make a few turns too.
Norefjell is about an hour and a half from Oslo’s Gardermoen airport.
Already there is good snow in the area and the drive through the Norwegian scenery to the resort was its usual stunning sight.
Proper winter conditions.
The resort is one of my favourite in Norway, and it was well-worth waking up at dawn.
Especially as dawn in this part of Norway in December is after 8am.
Not a bad start to a Monday morning.
Norefjell, Norway. Image © PlanetSKI
I flew in on Sunday on the inaugural Crystal Ski charter flight from Gatwick to Oslo:
Norefjell is the mountain area closest to the Norwegian capital of Oslo, and has the highest vertical drop of all the ski resorts in Northern Europe at 1,010 meters.
You can go skiing from the top of the ski resort at 1,188 metersdown to Lake Krøderen.
There are 14 ski lifts, 30 ski slopes and two terrain parks.
See here for more about Norefjell.
We hit the slopes at speed – we’re only here for a couple of days after all.
Then the video for the rolling PlanetSKI snow report:
We had the slopes pretty much to ourselves all day long, with just a handful of people around.
Winter has only just got going, so the lakes in this part of Norway are not totally frozen over.
The run down was fabulous.
The second day was spent with resort officials from Norefjell and a delegation from Grandvalira in Andorra who were in resort to build ties with the Norwegians.
The sun does get above the horizon in mid-December, but not by much.
This image was taken at 11am.
This one at 2pm.
By mid-afternoon we called it a day, with the lifts continuing to around 3.30 pm at this time of year.
It was sad to only spend a couple of days in Norway.
But no matter I’m planning to be back in a couple of months to visit the resort of Gausta.
See here for more about Norway – Home of Skiing.