The slopes in Geilo are great for Families and beginners. They have areas with snowparks, rails , jumps and a halfpipe for those who seek a little more challenging run. They also have airbags which anyone can use, so long as they have twintip or snowboards. Remember not to use your poles, as I found out when I was politely explained as to what this was not allowed.
The facilities are a little tired, especially on the Geilo side of the valley, with older lifts and the buildings being a bit run down and not maintained very well.
The cafes are expensive and pretty much just serve up poor quality American fast foods, so best to either pack a lunch or go without, not worth the cost or the queues.
The lift operators are friendly, but we noticed that many were not very active in engaging with the public, wearing headphones and staying inside the lift cabins on some of the drag lifts.
My wife and son, both beginners enjoyed that they could access most of the slopes after only a few days, and one of the lift operators, an Australian whose name I cannot remember, was particularly helpful with directions, tips and suggestions for activities and a progression list for the slopes.
My kids really enjoyed our time there, we had very affordable accommodation beside the slopes, so ski in and out which saved us a lot of hassles. But pack warm clothes, lots of layers or even pick up some thermals in town.
Shopping is a bit of a hassle in Geilo as many of the shops close not long after the slopes shut, which made it a choice between skiing or shopping. Bit disappointing for my son who had some holiday money from his grandparents.
Overall, highly recommended for families and not as expensive as we were led to believe, with high quality accommodation and ski/travel packages for very reasonable prices, great snow and very new rental equipment.
They just need to give the place a bit of a refresh as it was looking a bit tired.
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