Folgefonna summer ski center in Norway
From Folgefonna.

You may think that spring and summer brings an end to the skiing season? I mean, when I think of skiing, I tend to think of chilly winter days and warm clothes — certainly not 20 hours of sunlight, shorts and a T-shirt (maybe not the best idea if you plan to fall).

Summer skiing is the perfect ‘I didn’t know you could do this’-place to add in somewhere on your trip!

Once you arrive in the morning, the slopes are still hard. They’ll soften up during the day, eventually turning into slush in the afternoon– just in time for after-ski and a beer in the afternoon sun. There is no snowfall in the summer, so the amount of snow is on the mercy of the precipitation in the winter, along with how hot it gets in summer.

Below we’ve taken a closer look at three different summer ski resorts. We’ve also listed a fourth spot as a bonus. It is technically in Sweden, but it’s right on the border. It’s also rather unique, unlike any other ski resort in fact — which we’ll get back to. Adding it to your Norway holiday won’t be a problem (for most visitors, including EU and US citizens, you are free to cross the border without any trouble).

All the centers are great for snowboarders, downhill skiers, jibbers, cross-country skiers or those that like to go off-piste. It’s also a great place to go with family and kids.

Folgefonna

Folgefonna is a glacial area just east of Bergen. If you are driving, you are looking at about 2 hours from Bergen (including a ferry), and 7 hours from Oslo. It’s also reachable by public transport.

This is the smallest of the summer-open resorts, and the altitude is a bit lower than the other ones (around 1640 meters above sea level). As these summer ski centers are on top of glaciers, they rely on snowfall in the winter — and Folgefonna gets a lot of snow dumped on it. The season is usually from May to November, depending on weather.

The slopes are a bit short, but the park is pretty good, with a number of kickers and rails.

More info at Folgefonn.no

A cross country skier overlooking the fjords from Folgefonna. Photo: Jo Bjørnar Hausnes
A cross country skier overlooking the fjords from Folgefonna. Photo: Jo Bjørnar Hausnes

Galdhøpiggen

You may have heard about the mountain Galdhøpiggen, which is the highest mountain in Norway? Just below it, on the Juvbreen glacier, you find a summer open ski resort.

The center has one t-bar lift, and a terrain park with rails and kicks. Off-piste is great, and you can also cross over to the adjacent glacier, Styggebreen (with a guide and proper equipment), for some more skiing. This is the same glacier you cross if you are hiking to the summit of Galdhøpiggen.

The center is usually open from May to early November, again depending on weather conditions.

Check out GPSS.no for more info.

Stryn

Stryn is probably the most famous summer ski center in Norway. It’s the biggest, and it’s also where the snow is at it’s best, thanks to it’s high altitude and large snowfall in the winter.

Stryn has some great off-piste and free-ride options and a terrain park.

Usually the season lasts from late May to late July/early August.’

Telemark skiing, a skiing technique originating from the eastern parts of Norway. Picture from Stryn
Telemark skiing, a skiing technique originating from the eastern parts of Norway. Picture from Stryn, taken by Tron Hindenes
The drive to stryn summer ski center in the summer time. You can still see several feet of snow!
This is how the drive up to Stryn looks! Yes, it’s in the summer. Photo: Sami Uskela

Riksgransen

So, this is technically in Sweden, but if you know a little Norwegian (you can learn some here), the name itself actually means the ‘Nation border‘ — and that’s exactly where you find it. It’s situated 200 km north of the arctic circle, making it the northernmost ski resort in the world!

The season lasts from February until June, which means you can go skiing under the midnight sun!

They also offer heli-skiing!

Check out this video from Folgefonna and Galdhøpiggen for some amazing free-skiing!