Winter sports enthusiasts often find solace in mountain retreats during the holiday season. Yet, in recent years, some of the more heavily-traveled ski destinations have become crowded with tourists detracting from the sense of isolation many winter warriors seek.
For travelers looking for a place to hit the slopes without standing in a shoulder to shoulder line for the ski lift, Norway's sleepy resort town of Geilo may provide a nice alternative to other big-name ski spots.
Located in the center of the Norwegian municipality of Hol, Geilo is a small town of around 2,300 inhabitants. The town boasts two ski areas that overlook the scenic Ustedalen Valley with more than 40 slopes over a 21-mile stretch of land.
Geilo's slopes boast a range of terrain capable of accommodating all skill levels including the Bjorne-loypa green run for beginners and the Olkorken black run for experts.
Travelers planning a day trip can reach Geilo through the cross-country railway that connects the city to more established travel spots like Bergen and Oslo.