Geilo is a long-established ski resort in the top
end of Hallingdal (valley) on the railway line between Bergen and Oslo.
This means that you can arrive by train - the road alternatives are long but memorable.
Geilo Skiheiser runs the ski lifts and is actually a cooperation by 4 different companies, using a single combined lift-pass.
Although famous as an alpine ski resort it also has an extensive network of cross-country ski trails, especially around Ustaoset to the west. Further west is Haugastøl and the vast wilderness of Hardangervidda, where the kite-skiers go.
There are quite a few hotels in and around the town. There are also many apartments and hyttes (cottages or cabins) available.
Geilo is unusual in that it is split up into several different areas, on both the north and south sides of the valley - a total of 7 different parking areas, 2 of them close to the town centre. There is a bus service across the valley, but this makes your choice of accommodation quite important - you may not want to stay at Geilo Fjellandsby (a family-friendly area up the hill on the south side) if you want the black runs of Halstensgård at the west end of the north side of the valley, for example.
You can see the differences of each area in the ski centre pages (links below) on each part of the resort.
Ski centresGeilo Skiheiser (covering all lifts in the area)
Geilo Taubane (most of the north side)
Slaatta skisenter (east end of the north side)
Geilolia skisenter (most of the south side)
Geilo Fjellandsby (up the hill to the south-east)
Winter Attractions, Activities and Trips outCross-country ski trails
Kite-skiing at Haugastol
Summer Attractions, Activities and Trips outThe RV7 drive over Hardangervidda (winter as well - weather permitting)
Torpo Stave church
Gol stave church
Drive through Hardanger (beyond Hardangervidda)
Rallarvegen trail Haugastøl to Flam