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Gaustablikk Ski Resort
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Haven't skied for 20 years and went here with colleagues from work. Stayed at a great apartment and went skiing and I must say I'm impressed with the slopes. The lifts were easy to use and ran smoothly and the slopes were well connected. My colleagues had a great afterski party at "Den lykkelige Sportsmann" Highly recommended!!! Snow conditions were excellent With close to 2 metres of snow.

1  Thank Preben S
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

We visited Gaustablikk for the first time and spent two days in the beginning of the season. The runs were very well groomed, the staff - especially at the cafeteria, were most serviceminded and friendly. We spent most of the day skiing, and had lunch at the cafeteria. It is great to see a Skidestination with real chefs in the Kitchen. The Food - we choosed "dagens" was great. We had two great days at Gaustablikk and will for sure be back later this Winter.

Thank Helle M
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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Noting the comments below it seemed fair to add some information. I have been skiing Gaustablikk for the past 12 years and have some knowledge of the area. The ski facility is a family owned and operated, with one hotel and cabins for rent. It is a family ski area which offers free skiing for children up to eight years old including free skis and helmets. Free ski helmets are also provided to adults. The snow conditions can vary and for the years of 2011 and 2012 the snow conditions deteriorated quickly in March. In the previous years snow conditions were good until mid April. This year (2013) it looks like snow conditions will last until April. Generally Gaustablikk is one of the first Norwegian lifts to open, usually in November but this year they managed to open in October. Be sure to check what lifts are open and snow conditions. There is a snow board park with half pipes, rails and there are jumps on a number of runs for those that want to try. Both beginner up to ski racing courses are available.

In addition to skiing area, the area offers ice climbing and kiting. For those skiers who want something special, there is an in the mountain tunnel tram to the top of Gaustatoppen, 5 miles from the hotel, which is the tallest mountain in Southern Norway, offers a spectacular view (go on a clear day)overlooking the Rjukan fjord valley and Hardangervidda National Park. You can ski down its face and can choose either easy or difficult routes. The world speed skiing cup was held here some years ago. The locals use all mountain skis with mountain bindings to first climb and ski down the face. I have walked the route with skis on my back and skied down. There is a small cafe at the top where you can meet the locals and have Norwegian waffles and coffees.

As noted by the previous reviewer, Telemark skiing courses are available and this area is considered the home to Telemark skiing. Last week the World Cup in Telemark was held here and this event has been held here on a regular basis (perhaps yearly but I am not sure).

The Cross Country skiing areas are good and prepped on a regular basis. There are basic routes around the hotel or more extensive routes around the mountains on both sides. Often the mountain routes have better snow, especially later in the season.

I agree with the previous reviewer that the lift operators have not been trained properly. While it is not an excuse, Norwegian skiers are very experienced and the lift operators assume that adults can handle themselves in getting on and off lifts. With children they are very attentive. However I have seen a noticeable improvement this season so I hope the management has understood that this is a shortcoming.

To be clear, this not the alps and the ski runs are not as long or challenging as the major alp resorts. if you are interested in après-ski, then the options at Gaustablikk are limited. Drinking is very expensive and generally entertainment costs are high.

I have enjoyed skiing at Gaustablikk and I have skied the Alps, and a number of resorts in California. Compared to other resorts Gaustablikk offers some advantages, especially if you have a family.

2  Thank Ken B
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

For those of you used to skiing in the Alps and seeing the effects of global warming, you may have considered skiing further north.

I recently joined a Telemark skiing course based on the Gaustablikk Ski Centre near Rjukan in southern Norway. The centre offers 12 lifts (two chair lifts) and more than 30 km of Alpine slopes at an altitude of about 1200 metres. The slope claims a large cafeteria, after ski, ski rental with ski service, ski school and a shop where they say that you can buy sporting goods and groceries. Several of the slopes are open for late night skiing.

It was late March when I skied and the previous week had not been kind in term of new snow. In fact a sizable stream of melt water ran from a newly formed pond at the bottom of the home slope but it was expertly directed to the drains by a newly scraped together soil levy on each side of the stream. Instead of 12 lifts on offer and 30 km of pistes the limited snow conditions only allowed open 2 nursery slope lifts, one chair and two tee bars. This was reduced even further at various times of the week due to high winds and lift closure. At best we had access to four pistes. Whilst our group received a 10% group discount, there were no other discounts to reflect the limited skiing available. The exchange rate at the time we were there meant that with our 10% discount we still paid £146 each for six days skiing on four pistes. Appeals to the lift company to apply further reductions because of the limited facilities offered were rejected out of hand.

Colder conditions prevailed later in the week and snow cannons were brought into operation although no additional pistes were opened up to us. Prior to the snow cannons being brought into operation the main tee bar up the mountain taking skiers to the other three pistes regularly had bare patches of ground on the way up and in some cases rocks, which were impossible to avoid. The situation did improve with the operation of the snow cannons but only in so far as the bits already covered in snow. Bare patches of ground and rocks still had to be avoided in some areas. Requests to the lift attendants for someone to take a shovel and distribute some of the snow onto the rocks and bare ground went unheeded. In fact on one occasion it was indicated that this is what to expect on Norwegian slopes. Hazards such as bare patches of earth on the piste and rocks which were only visible after you had reached them, which in other resorts are usually marked with nets or crossed sticks, had a complete absence of protection or warning.

On one occasion, two of my colleagues waiting at the chair were pushed into a gravel pit by a chair with upturned seats. The lift attendant remained in his cabin and no apology was offered as they clambered back. A sudden lift closure due to high winds involved a 3 km walk back to the centre. No transport was offered or arranged for the 8 or so stranded skiers.

Having skied in Scotland, the Alps, Canada and USA this is by far the worst service that I have every received from a lift company. The condition of the Poma track at Yad Moss in England is kept immaculate in comparison to Gaustablikk and even in Scotland the cost of a ticket is usually proportional to the number of lifts open. I have seen photos of wonderful conditions at Gaustablikk in January but with the current Pound/Euro/NOK exchange rate, the cost of accommodation, the cost of getting there and the lack of any sense of serving the public by the lift company I can see absolutely no reason why any foreigner should ever want to ski here.

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