You can give pretty much any winter sport you can think of a try in the attractive, bustling town of Lillehammer...
The resort offers access to an interesting mix of pistes - but in modest quantities, and if you want to ski or snowboard hard all week, Lillehammer is not the place to come. Instead, treat Lillehammer ski holidays as an opportunity to sample a whole range of winter activities, and the chances are you'll have a ball.
Resort height: 200m
Hafjell is home to Lillehammer's nearest pistes (there are free shuttle buses at the beginning and end of the day). It hosted the slalom events in the 1994 Olympics, and offers 33km of pistes, dropping through a respectable 800 vertical metres. It's also home to a sizeable terrain park. As with all Norwegian resorts, it's a good place to make your first turns as a beginner thanks to the friendly, English-speaking instructors - but the daily commute is a hassle.
To the north lies Kvitfjell, which has steeper slopes, and saw the downhill and giant slalom races at the Olympics. It too is home to a highly-rated terrain park, and has a skiercross course too.
The best way to reach Lillehammer from the UK is to fly to Oslo and take the train, or a bus...
The transfer from the airport to the resort should take less than two hours.
Whatever your level, Lillehammer is not the resort to choose if you want to spend all day, every day on the pistes...
Beginners will like the wide slopes and English-speaking instruction available, though.
With loads for non-skiers to do and several lively bars, you can have fun in Lillehammer - as long as you can afford it...
Lillehammer is close enough to Oslo to attract a weekending crowd from the city, and has several cool bars and clubs - in fact one of them, Brenneriet, is among the country's largest. There are lots of nice restaurants too - try the arty Café Banken, and Egon, housed in an old mill, which serves excellent Norwegian salmon and lamb.
Non-skiing is the whole point of coming here, really. The Olympics left Lillehammer with a superb wintersports infrastructure, and you can try just about every snow and ice-based sport known to man: bobsleigh, luge, dog-sledding, ice skating, tobogganing, curling, snow-mobiling, and of course cross-country skiing.
Cost of living 5/10
Norway is a rich country, thanks to its oil and gas reserves, and it's not cheap. Alcohol in particular is expensive compared with UK prices.
Attractiveness of the resort 7/10
Aside from the fact that there's no downhill skiing here, and no real mountains to speak of, Lillehammer is a handsome town, with great facilities, shops and infrastructure.