Galdhopiggen Offers Top Skiing in Norway

August 27, 2008 by  
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Situated within the municipality of Lom in the Jotunheimen mountain area of Norway, the majestic Galdhopiggen is the highest mountain in Scandinavia reaching a height of 2,469 meters (8,100 feet). Although Galdhoppigen towers above the surrounding landscape, it is accessible on foot and the view from the top is awe-inspiring, making it a popular choice with “peakbaggers” – summit-focused hikers. Galdhoppigen also offers superb snow skiing and snowboarding terrain and as the area is perpetually covered in snow, it is a popular skiing destination in Northern Europe’s summer months from May/June through to mid November.

The Galdhoppigen Summer Ski Center located at the foot of the mountain offers all the facilities to be expected from a modern ski resort. Modern ski equipment is available for rent and the slopes are well suited for Telemark, Alpine and snowboarding. At 1,400 meters Galdhoppigen’s t-bar ski lift is the longest in Norway, ferrying 1,200 skiers per hour to the top of the glacial slopes. There is a cabin on top of Galdhoppigen, where skiers can buy light refreshments and souvenirs.

Groups of ten or more skiers can arrange for their own course complete with custom made jumps and other terrain features. A ready prepped course is always available for warm-up runs. Due to the excellent snow conditions, Galdhoppigen is the training destination of choice for many ski clubs, associations and national teams from Norway and beyond its borders.

Accommodation to suit all budgets is offered at the nearby Juvasshytta Lodge and the Lom Ski and Mountain Camp. The latter has apartments with between two and eight beds, each with a living room, kitchen and bathroom. There is also a communal area for ball games, a laundry room and a sauna. The road between the accommodation and the ski area is asphalted to ensure easy access.

There are certainly many good reasons to visit the fascinating country of Norway. It is rich in history, arts, culture and is an absolute treasure trove of natural beauty. It is an added bonus that visitors to Norway can go snow skiing in summer. So why not travel to the land of the midnight sun for your next snow skiing holiday.