Hemsedal has one of the liveliest après ski scenes in Norway, with a young crowd helping to drive the party atmosphere - although there’s plenty for families and older guests too.
For friendly après-ski fun, Elgen Microbrewery in the Skogstad Hotell (tel: +47 3205 5000; www.skogstadhotell.no) offers drinks and a cosy, chilled-out atmosphere in Hemsedal village.
Further up the slopes, Skistua Afterski (tel: +47 3205 5970) and Experten Sportsbar (tel: +47 3205 5410) are popular post-ski venues at Hemsedal Skicentre – the former hosts regular live rock music, while the latter has a range of pub-style games.
For late-night après-ski, Hemsen Nightclub (tel: +47 3205 5410) is a great option for those in a party mood.
There are around 20 eateries in total in Hemsedal. While this means visitors aren’t swamped with options, the quality of the restaurants available is generally good.
Try out local favourites Kjøkkenkroken (tel: +47 3205 9966; www.kjokkenkroken.no) for delicious – and filling – burgers, Champagneria Montana (tel: +47 3100 4710) for tasty tapas, and Skogstad Sushi (tel: +47 3205 5000; www.skogstadhotell.no) for the best Japanese cuisine in town. All of these eateries are located in Hemsedal Village.
Additionally, the restaurant at the Harahorn hotel (tel: +47 3205 5110; www.harahorn.no) in Grøndalen is one of the best in the region, and serves traditional and modern Norwegian dishes based on locally sourced ingredients.
Among the other options, Peppe's Pizza (tel: +47 3205 9557) sells good quality Italian cuisine for those on a budget.
Beyond the slopes
Hemnsedal has a good selection of activities outside of skiing and boarding, with most off-slope facilities based either at the base of the slopes or in the original village.
Those who can’t get enough of the white stuff will enjoy the cross-country skiing options available; conditions are excellent, with 130km (81 miles) of machine-prepared trails and another 80km (50 miles) of marked mountain tracks.
Other outdoor activities in Hemsedal include dogsledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, paragliding, guided mountain tours and ice climbing. There is also the opportunity to learn how to be prepared for when disaster strikes in the form of an avalanche – a number of operators offer short courses in avalanche safety, including Ski Patrol (tel: +47 3205 5330).
The resort runs a programme of cultural events and performances featuring music, dance and singing. The village is also home to a cinema, which is within the City Hall.
Hemsedal ski resort’s large Valleland children’s area is the perfect place for young skiers and families. This area offers easy and short slopes with lifts, play park, and a variety of activities, as well as a ski school especially for small children. The Solheisen ski area is also particularly well suited to families.
Off the slopes, Skogstad Hotell (tel: +47 3205 5000; www.skogstadhotell.no) has a health and fitness centre that’s suitable for children. However, if you’re looking for some time away from the kids Valles Barnepass Day Care (tel: +47 32 055 320) in Hemsedal Skicentre provides a range of childcare options for children aged six months and older.
Children up to the age of six do not have to pay for ski passes if wearing a helmet, while those between eight and 15 pay a heavily discounted fee.
There is a good selection of quality shops in Hemsedal village for clothing and sports equipment, as well as souvenirs and decorative items.
Finbeck & Fia (tel: +47 3206 0690) is the local fashion shop, while Hemsedal Sport (tel: +47 32 060 350), Totten Sport A/S (tel: +47 3206 0577) and Skistar ConseptStore (tel: +47 3205 5395) have a good selection of sports clothing and gear.
Located at an elevation of 1,100m (3,609ft) next to the Solheisen Ski Centre, the Harahorn hotel (tel: +47 3205 5110; www.harahorn.no) provides luxury lodgings. Spend a romantic night in one of the suites or cabins and have a three-course meal delivered to the room cooked by the hotel’s very capable kitchen staff.
There is an increasing amount of convenient slopeside accommodation in chalet-style buildings, as well as options in the village and on the mountain. Most of the accommodation in Hemsedal is in the form of apartments, but there also some catered chalets and hotels. Visitors can also choose between luxurious cabins with saunas and whirlpools to traditional cabins with more basic facilities.
The modern Skarsnuten Hotel provides guests with excellent views over Hemsedal, as well as offering a popular on-site restaurant and bar. Ski-in/ski-out facilities are also available, maximising skiers’ time on the slopes.Address: , , Hemsedal, 3560
Telephone: +47 3206 1700
Hemsedal Alpin Lodge
This luxury apartment-style hotel at the base of Hemsedal Ski Centre has options for groups of two to 14. Its convenient location allows ski-in/ski-out access.Address: , Skiheisvegen 1, Hemsedal, 3561
Telephone: + 46 771 84 0000.
These stylish, self-contained ski-in/ski-out apartments for five to eight people are located within the Hemsedal Ski Center. Most apartments come with saunas and a gas fireplace, while restaurants, a nightclub and numerous shops are within walking distance.Address: , Skiheisvegen 1, Hemsedal, 3560
Telephone: +46 771 84 0000.
The oldest hotel in Hemsedal, standing for more than 100 years, offers comfortable and stylish accommodation and provides quality fare to hungry skiers in its on-site restaurant.Address: , Skogstad Hotell, P.Boks 33, Hemsedal, 3560
Telephone: +47 3205 5000
These modern, well-equipped apartments sleep between four and 10 people. Some come complete with saunas and a fireplace, and Wi-Fi internet access is available in all lodges.Address: , , Hemsedal, 3561
Telephone: +47 3206 0150
These apartments, which sleep four to eight people, are ideally suited to skiers on a budget. The Storehorn offers a free ski bus to the village and the slopes (both about 10 minutes away), and local amenities (including a restaurant and a grocery store) are within walking distance.Address: , Skiheisvegen 1, Hemsedal, 3560
Telephone: + 46 771 84 0000.