There are lots of intermediate level slopes in Oppdal, but the off-piste is the real star at this lively resort...
One of the larger ski resorts in Norway, snow-sure Oppdal offers access to four, interconnected ski areas - Vangslia, Hovden, Stølen and Ådalen - providing a total of 82km of pistes.
Resort height: 545m
The ski area as a whole is probably best suited to intermediate level skiers and boarders who will be able to ski the whole mountain, apart perhaps from some of the steepest sections. However, there are also two sunny children's areas, as well as some steep runs for experts to test themselves on - although nothing that is likely to get them too excited.
Fortunately for experts, the pistes are just part of the story.
Terrain park lovers should head to Vangslia or Hovden, but Oppdal's real selling point for more advanced skiers and boarders is its fantastic off-piste.
The area boasts some of the best off-piste routes that Norway has to offer. And at low season you can often find untouched powder several days after a snowfall.
Visit Oppdal in high season, on the other hand, and not only will you have to get up a lot earlier for the chance to make fresh tracks, you're also more likely to come across queues for the lifts in the resort, which gets especially busy at weekends.
Oppdal is situated 93 miles south of the town of Trondheim, to which you can fly direct from the UK...
Alternatively, you can fly into Oslo and either take an internal flight or settle in for the much longer transfer to resort.
When there's fresh snow, Oppdal is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders seeking off-piste, powder thrills...
Beginners are also provided for, while intermediates will enjoy the freedom of being able to explore most of the ski area.
The nightlife in Oppdal can get quite raucous, but you’ll need plenty of cash to take full advantage of it…
Oppdal is at its busiest in the later part of the season, particularly at the weekends, when young ski and snowboard enthusiasts from Trondheim flock to the resort. Après-ski bars such as Loftet in Vangslia, Carving Café in Stølen and Låven in Sletvold are therefore at their most rocking on Saturdays in March, April and May. Whenever you take your holiday in Oppdal, the cosy Spisbar restaurant is also worth a visit.
Oppdal offers a wide range of activities for visitors who prefer not to ski or snowboard. There's ice-climbing, dog-sledding and horse-drawn sleigh rides for those feeling active. And for non-skiers seeking a more relaxing time, the Oppdal Culture Centre has a swimming pool, cinema and theatre. You can also go bowling, curling or browsing in the resort's shops.
Cost of living 4/10
Scandinavia has a reputation as an expensive part of the world, and those keen to take advantage of the nightlife in Oppdal might get a bit of a shock when they see the drinks prices. A small bottle of beer, for example, costs around €7, or just under £6!
Attractiveness of the resort 6/10
With a mix of modern and traditional architecture, Oppdal does not lack charm. The surrounding area is also attractive.