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Location Ringebu, Oppland,
Nearest city Lillehammer: 55 km (34 mi)
Coordinates 61°27′N 10°07′E / 61.45°N 10.12°E / 61.45; 10.12Coordinates: 61°27′N 10°07′E / 61.45°N 10.12°E / 61.45; 10.12
Vertical    854 m (2,802 ft)
Top elevation 1,039 m (3,409 ft)
Base elevation    185 m (607 ft)
Runs 23 pistes
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 5 nursery
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 9 beginner
Tabliczka DK empty.svg - 6 intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 3 advanced
Longest run 3.5 km (2.2 mi)
Lift system 9 total
- 3 chairlifts
- 2 T-bars
- 3 telescopic lifts
- 1 belt lift
Lift capacity 11,300 / hr
Terrain parks 1
Snowfall low
Snowmaking 80% of pistes[1]
Night skiing Tue, Thu (Dec), & Fri
until 8 pm, 2.6 km (1.6 mi)
Website Kvitfjell.no

Developed for the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, it is one of the most modern resorts in the world, with snowmaking on 80% of the alpine pistes. Based near the river Gudbrandsdalslågen, the resort offers 23 pistes: 5 green (nursery), 9 blue (beginner), 6 red (intermediate), and 3 black (advanced).[2] Kvitfjell is also home to a terrain park and 120 km (75 mi) of cross-country pistes, with access to 480 km (300 mi) extra in Skei and Gålå.

1994 Winter Olympics[edit]

Kvitfjell is probably best known for hosting the men's and women's alpine speed events at the 1994 Winter Olympics.[3] Tommy Moe, an American of Norwegian descent, edged out home favorite Kjetil André Aamodt of Norway by 0.04 seconds in the downhill,[4][5] then was edged out by Markus Wasmeier of Germany by 0.08 seconds in the Super G.

Katja Seizinger of Germany won the women's downhill with Picabo Street of the U.S. a distant second; Diann Roffe of the U.S. took gold in the Super G. The technical alpine events (giant slalom and slalom) were held at Hafjell.

World Cup[edit]

Kvitfjell is a regular stop on the World Cup circuit, hosting men's speed events in early March. The downhill course begins just below the summit and is slightly over 3 km (1.9 mi) in length.[6] Designed by Bernhard Russi for the 1994 Olympics, the challenging Olympiabakken course is well regarded; after the Olympics, men's World Cup races have been held here every year since,[7][8] and are scheduled for Kvitfjell for March 2014.


Kvitfjell is located in Norway
location in Norway

Kvitfjell (Norwegian: White mountain) is a ski resort in Norway, located in the municipality of Ringebu.

  1. ^ Kvitfjell.no - facts - accessed 2010-02-22
  2. ^ www.kvitfjell.no brochure
  3. ^ 1994 Winter Olympics official report. Volume 3. pp. 47-50.
  4. ^ "Americans just say Moe". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. February 14, 1994. p. C1. 
  5. ^ Johnson, William Oscar (February 21, 1994). "The Son Finally Rises". Sports Illustrated: 20. 
  6. ^ "Kvitfjell: World Cup downhill results" (PDF). FIS. March 3, 2012. 
  7. ^ FIS-ski.com - Kvitfjell - podiums
  8. ^ FIS-ski.com - Lillehammer - podiums

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