Scenic Hemsedal boasts a range of pistes and off-piste routes suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels…
Nestled among the Scandinavian Alps, so called because they resemble those further south in Europe, Hemsedal is one of Scandinavia's largest ski resorts.
Resort height: 625m
There are plenty of well-groomed slopes for beginners, including a number of long, easy green runs, as well as some equally long reds for intermediate level skiers and snowboarders.
Experts, meanwhile, can test their skills on a few of Norway's hardest black runs, or head off-piste on powder days.
Hemsedal is also home to a great terrain park, which contains a quarter-pipe, several half-pipes, a big jump and a fun boxer, and will go down particularly well with snowboarders.
Skiers and boarders of all levels will also like the fast lifts and pretty much non-existent queues. And anyone keen to get the most hours in on the slopes will love the fact that the slopes are open from 7.30am several days a week, and also offer the possibility of floodlit night skiing throughout the season.
And while Hemsedal rarely suffers from a lack of snow, there are lots of snow cannons located around the ski area just in case.
The main downside to ski holidays here, however, is that you cannot ski directly in and out of your accommodation. Instead, you have to take a free ski bus to get to the slopes every day.
Anyone who dislikes the cold should also avoid the early part of the season, when temperatures often plummet to below -20c.
Most UK flights to Norway arrive in the capital of Oslo, from where it is a three or four hour drive to Hemsedal...
The resort is also accessible from either Oslo or Bergen by train, again with a journey time of around three to four hours.
Hemsedal has slopes to suit pretty much everyone, making it a good choice for mixed ability groups...
Its large, well-equipped children's area and English-speaking instructors also make it a great place for young beginners to take their first turns.
Hemsedal has some lively bars, particularly at the weekend. Their prices might come as a bit of a shock, though…
The best place to head to for a post-ski pint is Skistua, which is known for its live music. The fun continues in town at the Hemsedal Café, which can get very busy - especially at the weekends. For lunchtime refuelling, the Fjelkaffen at the top of Hollvinn Express is a good option, while the Skogstad Hotell has several bars and restaurants, including a sushi restaurant, to choose from later on.
Hemsedal caters fairly well for non-skiers, with a wide variety of activities available. Dog-sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides and snowmobiling are all possible, while those keen to escape the cold can head to the resort's indoor pool. For those seeking more gentle exercise, there are also lots of walking trails in the surrounding area.
Cost of living 4/10
Your bank balance is likely to suffer if you take advantage of the nightlife in Hemsedal, where a small bottle of beer costs around €7, or just under £6! However, there is some budget accommodation available in the resort, so shop around before booking if you are on a budget.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Hemsedal is a cute little village, with some attractive views. Look out for the traditional Norwegian houses, many of which have grass and even trees growing out of the roof in summer.