Ski resorts in Norway
Lifts (1/13)
Slopes (1/35)
Snow depth
1260 m
710 m
100 cm
Let’s start with the names... Gaustablikk, Gaustatoppen, Gaustabanen and Rjukan.

Gaustablikk is the name of the big alpine hotel built in the 1970s when the lift and ski system also were constructed. The ski center at Gaustablikk has a vertical drop of 550 meters from the 1,260-meter peak at Fjellheisen down to 710 meters above sea level at the bottom. The lift system consists of 13 lifts and 35 pistes.

On to the next name and what makes the whole ski region unique – Gaustatoppen. Gaustatoppen is the name of the iconic and 1,883 meter-high peak situated just at the ski system, but not yet connected by a lift or a piste. To get to Gaustatoppen, there is a funicular railway – Gaustabanen – that runs inside the mountain and takes you from the transfer station at 1,150 meters above sea level up to the mountain station at 1,800 meters. You have to walk the last 83 altitude meters along the mountain ridge. There is a free ski bus running from the lifts to Gaustabanen, or you can walk the short distance and carry your skis. After skiing down mountain Gaustatoppen, you can ski across the mountain back to the lift system.

There are about 10 different runs down the eastern side of Gaustatoppen, all with different steepness, leading back to the car park and the cable car base station. This is the same side from where you can ski across the mountain back to the lift system.

Gaustatoppen is often skiable until late June, while other lift systems close in late April/early May depending on the season. Unfortunately, the ski pass does not give access to Gaustabanen. A one-way adult pass is NOK 300 and a day pass is NOK 850.

Gaustatoppen is the highest mountain in Telemark and its shape looks much like a volcano. Once you are up there, you are rewarded with a view that covers one sixth of the entire country of Norway and you can see as far as Denmark. The distance is 2.5 hours from Oslo. Gaustatoppen is a bare mountain, which means it is often subject to quite severe weather conditions. With good planning to time good and stable weather conditions, including sufficient snow levels, this is one of Norway’s best lift accessible off-piste areas.

There was a change in ownership of parts of the lift system and hotel Gaustablikk-Gaustatoppen in February 2018. The new owners are planning to develop the ski resort further with more lifts and pistes. This includes clearing the off-piste area all the way down to Rjuken where the old downhill piste from the 1939 World Championship is located. The plans also include lifts to connect Gaustablikk to the funicular railway that runs inside the mountain up to Gaustatoppen. If and when this becomes reality, Gaustablikk-Gaustatoppen will have an enormous vertical drop, as the altitude difference between Gaustatoppen and Rjukan is about 1,600 meters. Yes…. Rjukan is the little town with the world famous Vemork factory (heavy water plant, sabotage and Nazis..remember?) wedged in the steep valley below Gaustablikk and Gaustatoppen.

Snow forecast

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  • Thursday

    5.9 cm snow

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What do you think about Gaustablikk-Gaustatoppen?
Magnus Magnusson
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Top place! A lot of snow for sure. Good slopes with varying difficulty.

Gert Anderzen
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Can be great at the right weather. But right now it's a right mediocre ski resort.
 The Gaustatoppen, however, is absolutely fantastic for a top tour
But Gaustablikk could be the best ski resort in Scandinavia if you plow some money there. 1400 meters fall height mm

Jens Svensson
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Gausta has delivered high-quality weather, snow access and skiing the last two Easter weeks (v13 and v16). The mountain lift opens up to long skiing and the opportunity for a nice off-piste down to the lake straight over Gaustablikk! Will definitely be back (year after year)!

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After having been lucky enough to win the test pilot Gausta, we have now completed our journey and landed again at home in Sweden.

After a drive of only 38 kilometers from Karlstad to Gausta, it still feels like you have come to the Alps!
As we approached the final destination, the mountains really start to rise where they stretch along the beautiful fjords.
Yes, I definitely think we drove the last bit with the gaping mouths.
Once inside Rjukan the fun begins, here it is a climb up to the ski resort of course along a cool serpentine road that winds its way up the mountain. Even here with an incredible view out over the valley.
Once at the hotel, there is plenty of parking space both in front of the ski center and in front of Gaustablikk's four-star hoyfjell hotel.
After the drive, we threw things into the hotel room, dug out the bath towels and headed down to the hotel spa and pool department.
There was a sauna, a whirlpool and a larger pool where you can actually swim lengths but also have fun and play with the smallest children in a fenced area.
If you want you can also book a sauna down by the water and dip directly into the lake.

The food served at the hotel kept a very high level.
The breakfast had of course what you want and a little more!
If you order full board, these have a concept called "lunch around".
This means that you get lunch coupons that you can use a little everywhere at the ski resort.
Among other things, on "Bygget" which is located on the other side of the ski system or why not the cafe located above the ski center opposite the hotel. We can warmly recommend the pizzas they make at the cafe.
The coupons are a smart way that really fits families with children who want to be able to have lunch where it falls naturally during the day on the slopes. It also provides an opportunity to vary the meals and try new dishes.

The ride is incredible.
There is everything from green, red and black slopes. What makes Gaustablikk stand out a little extra is the hilly slopes. There are three children's areas, as well as two smaller parks with various jumps, boxes and rails.
Our daughter is usually able to ride most of the Swedish slopes in one sweep, but here we were actually forced to stay both once and twice sometimes to rest the small legs.
No off-piste driving was not relevant during our visit that was in early April but after seeing nature and taking the funicular up to Gaustatoppen, this can be a potential paradise for off-piste skiers if it dumps during the season!
It is endless with the opportunity to hack untouched powder over larger parts of the mountain because Gaustablikk and Gaustatoppen are calf mountains.
For those who are a bit lazy then I recommend visiting Gaustatoppen with the funicular which costs 290 NOK up and 400 NOK total you don't feel like skiing down.
This not only gives you an incredible view that goes all the way out to the coast but also a long ride down.

Gaustablikk is a ski resort that is growing and one plans to invest 40 million in the ski resort in the summer and autumn of 2019.
The goal is to establish itself as one of Norway's foremost full-year mountain destinations and, in addition, become one of Norway's five largest ski systems.
With a separate app you really try to be at the forefront and you have even created your own ski that has won test prices.
The app gives you:
Snow reports, 3D map of the lift system, webcams, activities, top lists where you can compete against each other and others, information as well as direct numbers to the pistol if the accident were to occur and much more.

The staff we met around the ski resort were not just super nice but also very good with children!

My daughter loves our home and his toys but this time it was really with sadness that she went home and this she was not alone about ..
Gaustablikk is really a hidden gold nugget that is very familiar and with an extreme potential.
Me and my family will definitely go back there in the future.

For the shopping oven, a hot tip is also to visit Oslo Fashion Outlet, if you have the roads past.
Here you can really complement the wardrobe with most brands on the market if it would be something you lack for a week to mountain.

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Do you want to keep up with Gausta? The issue was dropped this summer when the winter felt distant. What a fortune we hung on! This unwritten card turned out to be a gem for the whole family. A six-hour drive from Gothenburg ended with a challenging climb to Gaustablick. Once here we are "hooked". Alpine feeling with endless opportunities for free skiing both inside and outside the piste. Beautiful views, lovely slopes and lots of fresh snow have given us a fantastic holiday week without queues and crowds. We'll soon see Gausta again!
Hanna, Daniel, Arvid (7 years), and Erik (9 years)

13/02/2019 (Modified: 13/02/2019)
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Are we already there? Believe it or not, but it was our 9-year-old comment when we came to Gausta. 6 hours drive from Lerum including a break at McD in Drammen, it's not my long time to come to magnificent mountains!
Well installed in the cozy cottage with a room for the four kids and each room for the two couples, we ate dinner and checked Mello (though not via the TV - no SVT here) and then pee in bed to gather power for next day's skiing.
The purchase of ski passes went like this - tips not to use the lift card machine that made it difficult for everyone we saw, put yourself in the queue and buy the cards over the counter. Do you have cards at home, bring them. NOK 75 for a keycard is unnecessary money.
However, extremely positive surprise was that the smallest's (7-year-old) ski hire was free!
With equipment and lift cards in place, it was then just to drive. And who then goes! Hallelujah!
From the top there are both green and red slopes with plenty of room for the children to go "off-piste" in the forest and for adults to push down the ski boots towards the skis and stand in the wide and unexpectedly long runs.
The system is long. It is relatively easy to get between the valleys, but if the "Gustaexpressen" seat lift stands still it will be difficult if you are in the wrong valley. On the other hand, there is no major problem as there is a free ski bus between the valleys.
One day we had lunch at "Bygget" and there the coin of the week was coined - "A Club Sandwich", which means that something is far above expectations! Expected a small triangle sandwich but got a pizza hybrid with salad, mango sauce, chicken and bacon. Fantastico!
For the company 's cross - country skiing, the impression is - varying. Some days five star, other two. Very varied with the weather conditions in other words.
Although we are here on Gothenburg's sports holiday v7, there are no lift queues to talk about. In addition, you avoid the "holiday industry feeling" that lays down like a wet blanket over eg. Lindvallen and Branäs. Here is the skiing that is in focus!
In conclusion, one can only state that Gausta is a real Club Sandwish!

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Best I experienced in the north. Mkt snow winter v.15 2018 made this a trip beyond the usual. Gaustablikk's black / red backs get high marks with long well-prepared slopes, Gaustatoppen's ski system may not be as exciting but what really matters with the whole trip is clearly Gaustatoppen, the train, the view, the fall height, the driving possibilities on both sitters of the mountain. The dot over you is enough that they cleared up so that you can from 2029 go all the way down to Rjukan. Spectacular!

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5 gubbs and a weekend v. 15.

Thus no children and riding there after;) So no test of child-friendly or park.

Split into three areas: Gaustablikk ski center. Gaustatoppen skicenter and Gaustatoppen itself (mountain 1883m)

Had heard about Gaustatoppen as an offpist mecka and there was plenty of it. In 2018 it was 200cm maximum and the surface is not just the mountain Gaustatoppen, but the whole system offers a lot of varying rides for those who like to walk / climb a little. Stighedar, randoné or snow shoes as well as obligatory avalanche equipment are recommended.

We lived in the relatively new area Gaustatoppen ski center in an 8 bed cottage. Affordable and high standard with ski in / out mode at most cottages. Incredibly good and flexible service at Gaustatoppen booking. Solved everything and a little more !!

The slopes are a bit steeper and challenging in Gaustablikk with long black / red slopes at the chairlift. Kuperade and fun. What we struck is that it looks like there are many green slopes on the map but experience more like blue-red (with Sälen measure measured)
In Gaustatoppen area, the biggest development will be with new slopes and lifts that will link together all the way to Gaustabanan. Swedish investor who invested heavily in this place. Pratas about the gondola from Rjukan ...

Facts Gaustabanan: costs 300nkr for once 800nkr for full day (not included in regular lift passes) Gausta Banan can take time if there are a lot of visitors coming up. Takes about 20p / trip approx: 15 min transport with a change in the mountain. When you are up .... must be experienced! Waffle cabin on top.
A bunch of gutters m offpist down for the north / cheese side with steep entrance to most of the 47 ° slopes at the beginning and then plan out. Guide is a must if you have taken the course. 300nkr. Going to the top is not a guide. Easier joints are out with the saddle side back.

***** For the variety of mountains. Mountain feeling!
***** For accommodation and service
**** For the lift system that should have a chair in the Gaustatoppen

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We were three families who visited Gaustablikk v7 2018. We managed to dive in a proper snowfall, so the first day it was safe 20-30 cm sneezing in and outside the slopes.
We drove up from Gothenburg, which was a convenient trip of 5.5H, but remember that snow chains may be needed when raising the last bite from Rujkan to the ski center, it is steep and a bunch of serpentines on the winter road before you get up.
We had booked a helpingsdeal with Bengt Martins who was quite affordable. The hotel was called Gaustblikk Högfjällshotell and was right across the road from the lifts. The food was beyond expectation to be Norway and the rooms were not huge but the public areas the bigger and the hotel has a swimming pool which the children loved.
The hotel has a great view of Gaustatoppen, which is a mountain with an old mountain range in the mountain that goes up to an abandoned NATO radio station. From here you can go down family-friendly offpiste but also quite steep and exposed gutters.
Unfortunately, this relatively high mountain seems to attract some clouds, poor visibility and quite ordinary mountain weather so we never came to the top during our week but next time it will happen.
Skiing, there were quite a lot, the best slopes on both sides of Gaustablikk Express. There is a good black back in the drop line and some red but also green on the sides so everyone in the family can be satisfied and get down to the same lift. These slopes are largely below the tree line and quite protected.
For a long time, viewers-right (if you look at the pistemap) you get into the system, the smoother and higher you will get. Here away there are more calf mountains, open spaces and wind pines, but also quite flat. However, bonus is a fantastic view of Gaustatoppen if it is not covered with clouds of course.
We brought children between the ages of 4-10 years and there are backs for all ages. The kids also went to ski school for 3 days and it was really great, good educational teacher and relaxed mood.
Can really recommend Gaustablikk if you want a little less place in the correct mountain environment with spectacular views and a chance for good powder shooting.

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Gaustablikk and Gaustatoppen are built-in systems. The card applies in both and this season, Gaustatoppen has been built with a button lift and a technology park of 18,000 sq.m. as well as lighting and cannons. It is built everywhere in the mountain and every property sold pays a part to the development of the plant. From Gothenburg, it is almost on the kilometer as far as Gaustablikk as to Branäs. Good opportunities for offpiste skiing.

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