Strandafjellet Ski Resort: Discover mountains, fjords and skiing on Norway’s west coast
By Hanna Margrethe Enger | Photos: Håvard Myklebust
Nestled in a valley between the two mountains Langedalsegga and Roaldshorn, lies Strandafjellet Ski Resort. Norway is known as a ski nation, and the most well-known ski resorts are in the mountains inland. These slopes, however, are on the west coast of Norway, overlooking the Storfjorden fjord.
Strandafjellet Ski Resort first opened in 1957. The first ski lift had a capacity of 140 people per hour. “Back then, they were pulled up by a petrol-powered Volkswagen engine,” says Mari Riksheim, marketing manager. “A lot has happened since then and more will happen in the years to come.” They now have seven lifts serving 21 slopes, and their gondola alone has a capacity of 2,200 skiers per hour.
There are slopes for everyone, from those who have never worn a pair of skis, to professional off-piste skiers. In 2011, Strandafjellet Ski Resort was even named as the best ski resort for off-piste skiing, by Norway’s biggest newspaper, VG.
Though it’s a ski resort, there is plenty to do for those who aren’t big fans of skiing; there is a free ice-skating rink, with skates available for rental, and you can take the gondola up to Roaldshorn for lunch with a panoramic view of the fjord and surrounding mountains.
Strandafjellet Ski Resort is not only a great destination for a family holiday or a ski trip with friends, but for business-trips, too. Stova 1957, their welcome centre, has a restaurant, bar and lounge with meeting and conference facilities.
Their season usually starts on the first weekend of December, depending on the weather and temperature. This year, they have invested in even more snow making machines, which will give them a longer, more stable season and better slopes on both sides of the mountain.
The 2022/2023 season is looking good, but there are more exciting plans for the future. “We are building 27 new apartments, some of which will be sold, while others will become part of the ski resort, so that guests can easily rent a cabin, buy a ski pass and book a table in one of our restaurants – all on the same website,” says Riksheim. “The apartments in Blådalslia will be completed around December 2024.”
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