Gaustablikk-Gaustatoppen

Ski resorts in Norway
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.

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HBAstrom
29/02/2020
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Nice place. The skiing system's skiing is limited, but not the Gaustatoppen!
Also at the beginning of his career, not so well prepared and super commercialized, which is a big plus. Quite a burden on the tourist machines in general where it feels like a visit to Liseberg.
Lie MonteRosa maybe over it all.

Johan
Johan (Guest)
27/02/2020
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+ Good slopes, those that exist
+ Gaustatops. ~ 700 meters in height. Wonderful view. However, is not included in the lift pass, and only opens in February. Also, usually blow and lie a cloud on top, so choose the right day. If you are interested in trains and / or war history, the tram in the mountain is worth a ride in which case.

-Right little piste area. I was there for 3 days, and it felt pretty good. Longer than that, you can almost get boring with the same slopes.
-Easy to go down to the bottom and realize that the lift is closed and stuck. Difficult to get around the area if the lifts in the middle are closed

Sarah N
Sarah N (Guest)
27/02/2020
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2 slopes worth riding in. Scattered and broken system.
Sad place in law, don't understand the stuff at all ...
Guess much better at fresh snow and lots of snow so you can take advantage of the off-piste and Gaustablikk. But to keep it requires that the system and the slopes can stand for themselves, I think.

patflemming
24/02/2020
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Here comes our review after being part of Freeride's test patrol in the spring of 2019. (Yes, I know it was a month since we were in Gausta but sometimes a review has to lie down and grow a little, like a vintage wine).

We arrive in Gausta in late April when there is really only one week left in the season. It is noticeable, because there are not many people either on slopes or in hotels. Doesn't matter, we are still here for skiing.

The hotel Gaustablikk Höyfjellshotell ticks in all our boxes and has everything you want nowadays when you are on a family skiing holiday. There is a hot pool, hot tub and nice areas to hang out and relax. The hotel was built quite a few years ago but everything is built or renovated in a Scandinavian architecture that never seems to lose its luster. I find myself sitting and studying small details in the interior and have a hard time judging whether they are from the 50's or 2019. So "right" you have met in everything. Then it is not entirely wrong that no matter how you turn your head, there always seems to be a window facing - the Gaustatop.

The road into Gausta is magical and for a little history nerd like me, it is extra fun to be able to dream away and think about the history of the heavy water and the Nazis and all the dramatic that happened here in the 40s. Every little train wagon or rusty boat hull that we pass on the road I imagine was part of "the old time" when World War II raged at its worst.

Well, back to reality and skiing. April in Gausta means spring slush just like at most other ski resorts on our latitudes. However, in April it is still quite cold at night so the slopes freeze to such a bit so that they never completely burst. Very playful and forgiving ground to ride.

The black and red slopes 15 and 18 quickly become our favorites, which we as piste missiles plow laps after laps. Carving of the highest class is on the menu and we, we are always hungry.

The lifts are fast and queues so late in the year they can't even spell on Gausta. one day we drive wrong and end up in a part of Gausta which is currently closed. But take me now if it doesn't get a lift on a scooter and drive us back to the system. World-class.

Beside the slopes it is a little worse with the snow supply but we are not picky this late in the year and even if a small off-piste round means you have to go 2-3 meters on bare ground, it is worth it, we think. You can always buy new skis. Experiences last forever.

We find some OK lines in the forest under the lift with the fantastic name "G". Here we clean around among the birch birch at the top which is mixed with conifers the further down we come. Forest skiing is really the best skiing I think, but here maybe Gausta does not excel in the class - it is the slopes that are Gausta's ace in the rock sleeve. And so the Gaustatop then of course.

For two days we go around the slopes and snail away at that big peak that is a bit outside the lift system. It is like a big brother or spirit that watches over the entire ski system.

"Tomorrow we will take it," we have said every day. The = Gaustatops.

Day three we decide to take the car away to the Gaustabanan - the train that will drive us to the top. The weather is brilliant sun and we are so wonderfully filled with anticipation and nervousness. We solve the ticket and board the train. Only the train track itself can rewrite more gap meters. Everyone interested in googling. Anyone interested in the Cold War - get google too.

At the top of Gausta you are on another level. 1800 meters above sea level and swine-like views - unless it was because we stepped straight into a cloud (where did it come from?) Who refuses to move. Apparently one should be able to see one sixth (or some such) of the whole of Norway from above. However, we see just under 20 meters in front of us. FAKK.

The Gaustatop is a paradise for the serious skier. If you want to be really sure of getting good skiing, you should solve a full day pass to the train track when the weather and snow are "right" and just pump loose snow down the slopes around Gaustatoppen until your knees bleed.

However, we only have a one-time ticket to the train track and are beginning to take a gentle approach down a modest slope in the fog. 200 meters later, the fog we can stand on is severely disturbed. Awright! We pour down the slope and in a touch of historical vein you think that it was here that the heroes from the telemark were pushing forward on their old telemark battle with the Germans in the canoes. I almost start to believe myself that I am Kirk Douglas from the famous movie Heroes of Telemark.

The area around the Gasuttoppen invites to both playful and offensive off-piste skiing. We choose a simpler Line that ends in a gigantic natural Half-pipe that we lather around.

Once back in the parking lot outside the Gaustabanan, you are struck by the potential of the Gaustatop. Especially if one can easily and easily make it more accessible to the ordinary Gausta visitor. Then you could get the perfect mix of really good slopes for all tastes and riders as well as ridiculously good off-piste opportunities. At the same time, it may be part of the delight that an area like the Gaustatoppen is not so accessible.

In conclusion, we can only say that Gausta is an absolutely ridiculously good blend of remarkable history, fantastic skiing (especially for families), good lifts and with that top as the icing on the cake.

We come tbax.












Magnus Magnusson
Magnus Magnusson (Guest)
14/02/2020
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Top place! A lot of snow for sure. Good slopes with varying difficulty.

Gert Anderzen
Gert Anderzen (Guest)
06/05/2019
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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
Jens Svensson (Guest)
06/05/2019
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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)!




JesperHayland
22/04/2019
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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.





HannaAugustin
13/02/2019
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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!
greet
Hanna, Daniel, Arvid (7 years), and Erik (9 years)




YogaCarro
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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