Winter at Kvitaavatn

Kvitaavatn Fjellstue is a perfect location for winter activities:


  • 85 km of prepared cross-country skiing tracks – with a 3 km circuit for evening skiing
  • Gaustablikk Ski Center is situated 200 metres from the Fjellstue with 34 km of downhill runs – from green to black – incl. 35 downhill runs and 12 ski lifts
  • Off track touring possibilities, e.g. to the Gaustatoppen – good touring maps are available
  • A trip with the Gaustabanen
  • Skis, boots and pulks for hire
  • See what else is going on in the area on VisitRjukan’s website


Kvitaavatn is the center of professional skiing competitions, e.g. the Danish National Championship in cross-country skiing – week 5.


Cross-country skiing

Ski in – ski out in well-prepared skiing tracks through forest and open countryside. All the tracks are top quality tracks challenging for both classic cross-country and skating skiers. Cross-country and other skis/skiing equipment are available for hire at the Gaustatoppen Ski Hire, which is within in the Kvitaavatn Fjellstue area.


Kvitåvatn Langrendsspor


Downhill skiing

The downhill piste is 200 meters from the Fjellstue. The season starts in the middle of December. Ski instruction is available from the ski center.


The Gaustatoppen ski hire

In the Gaustatoppen Ski Hire, you can hire different types of cross-country skis, pulks, special skis, snow shoes and other skiing equipment.


Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-5.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am-1.00pm and 2.00-5.00pm

Sunday: 9.00am-1.00pm and 4.00-5.00pm.


It is possible to pay with either Visa or Master card.

For questions or reservations please contact us on email: or by phone +47 4889 3338.


Equipment for hire

Touring and cross-country skis

We have different types of skis of varying width. Most of our track skis have NNN bindings (New Nordic Norm). NNN boots adult sizes up to 50. Some few skis with Salomon bindings and a few Salomon boots.

We also have BC (back country) skis with ¾ metal edge and BC bindings + boots from size 36-49. These skis do go in the tracks.


Children’s skis

The shortest skis are “snowman” skis with bindings for ordinary children’s boots. These skis are 90 cm long. Children’s skis vary from 90 cm and longer and have NNN bindings or 75 mm bindings. Boots from size 25.


Racing skis

We have racing skis and boots for both classic and skating techniques. Classic boots and skating boots from size 36-48. Children’s racing skis size 130-170 cm and boots from size 34.


Mountain skis

Different types of mountain skis are available for hire. You can choose between different sizes and types of boots: leather boots or plastic boots. We have climbing skins for both normal mountain skis and wide mountain skis.


Telemark skis

You can choose between different types of Telemark carving skis. If you prefer 75 mm plastic boots, the binding will be a Cobra cable binding. We have NTN boots and carving skis with NTN bindings. The shortest Telemark skis are 117 cm with 75 mm bindings.

Plastic boots 75 mm, sizes 36-48.

NTN boots from sizes 39-45½.


Skis with randonée bindings

Randonée is French for “to go on a mountain tour” and that is exactly what randoneering is about. The skier’s toes are fixed, and the heel is free. When running downhill the heel is fixed in an alpine binding.

Skins are necessary and included in the randonée ski hire.



Fjellpulken pulks, ordinary or twin pulks, are available for hire with us. You can hire an adjustable sleeping bag for the pulk as well.

We also have a range of sledges.


Trugers (snow shoes)

Snow shoeing is a growing activity and fits people of all ages. Snow shoeing is a perfect way of experiencing the winter mountains outside the tracks.

The new and modern snow shoes are very light and of a good quality. You are in 100% control when ascending and descending the mountains. Wearing snow shoes, you can enjoy nature fully!


Prices and conditions

All prices in NOK (Norwegian Kroner)


Chidren’s skis (0-7 years) free of charge with an adult hiring skis at the same time, for Fjellstue guests only. Cleaning of skis 50 NOK.


Terms and conditions

  • Valid ID is required.
  • The hirer has the total responsibility of the equipment from the moment of delivery.
  • Equipment is insured for damage during normal use. Theft and damages of the equipment due to negligent use is not insured.
  • Payment in advance.
  • The skis are delivered with basic wax and should be returned free of wax and clister.

The Rjukan area in wintertime

Ice climbing, water park or museum?


If you want a break from skiing, a trip to Rjukan is an opportunity. The town was built in the early 1900s in only 7-8 years from naked fields to a prosperous industrial town. It was established by some of the best architects of the time and by the Hydro company. In Rjukan you can find The Vemork Industrial Workers’ Museum, a water park and the Tourist Office (VisitRjukan). And Rjukan has a Sun Mirror reflecting the sun beams all year round from the top of the mountains down the central square of Rjukan.

You can go by the Fjellbus between the Gausta area and Rjukan from Thursday to Sunday.


Ice climbing

Rjukan is known as one of Europe’s best areas for ice climbing. Please read more about ice climbing in Rjukan.

Snow reports, snow conditions and track status

See the latest snow reports and information about the snow conditions here.


See live updating of the track machine here.


See new tracks and hiking trails here.