Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort, located above Akureyri in North Iceland, will finally be opening its gates on Saturday 8th December, starting off this year’s winter season on the slopes.

Hlíðarfjall has long been considered the premiere ski resort in Iceland, offering trails and views that are unrivalled, as well as artificial snow-blowers capable of keeping the slopes white and smooth all year.

That may be unnecessary this year, however, as Akureyri has seen its highest levels of recorded snowfall since the 1960s, as previously reported in our article Snow in Akureyri | In Photos .

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Hlíðarfjall staff have been working hark to prepare the slopes for this weekend’s opening. Credit: Hlíðarfjall Facebook/Villi Troðari

All of the lifts will be open, including Fjarkinn (1017 metres) and Hólabraut (400 metres), as well as the children’s ski and snowboarding area, Töfrateppi. Thus, this ski resort close to Iceland’s northern capital offers the perfect day for families looking to try out of the ordinary activities in the area.

This is particularly fortuitous for the country’s skiers and snowboarders, who will no doubt have spent the year hurrying the ski season along. Ski season in Iceland only runs from November to May each year, when there is sufficient snow coverage.

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Skiers and snowboarders are also able to take the resort’s highest lifts to its end point, then hike a further twenty/thirty minutes to the mountain summit. From there, they are able to enjoy the mountain’s off-piste capabilities, gliding all the way down the mountain slopes and even into Akureyri town itself—you could slide from the mountain top, right to the front door of your accommodation! This route should only be taken by experienced riders, however.

Until Saturday, Hlíðarfjall is offering a presale on their 2018/2019 season pass, with Adults paying 37,500 ISK, whilst children (6-17) only pay 12,900 ISK. More information can be found at the Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort website.