Norway has a valid claim to be the birthplace of skiing, and few can doubt their passion for the white stuff. But then again, they are blessed with plenty of it - the only destination we know of in Europe that can, and will, guarantee snow conditions. Several of the resorts will refund your lift pass if they don't have enough snow coverage - that's how confident they are. And, what snow it is! You certainly won’t find anything like it elsewhere in Europe – light, dry and fluffy. Spring skiing is a real possibility, with the season often extending beyond Easter.
The word "flat" often finds its way into descriptions of Norway's ski mountains, yet this is largely unfair. There may not be the icy crevasses, monster moguls, soaring cliffs, and avalanche risks found elsewhere, but there are enough challenging reds and blacks to keep most fanatics happy, as well as tree skiing and gloriously pristine powder away from the pistes. For families, beginners and intermediates who enjoy pristine groomers and wide open terrain then Norway is where it's at.
Now throw in the superb range of high quality accommodation, hardly any lift queues, easy access, excellent tuition, friendly locals, thrilling winter activities, world class terrain parks and a natural unspoilt environment. Convinced?
In the resorts we've chosen the skiing is extensive and the season is long - it usually starts snowing in November and continues until after Easter. Indeed, they claim to offer six months of skiing and it's not uncommon for fresh snow to be still falling as late as May.
The first thing you notice about the ski resorts of Norway is how empty the slopes are. Just a couple of hours' flight away to the south the pistes in the Alps are crawling with humanity, but in Norway it's unlikely you'll have to queue for a lifts once, even during the school holidays. The deep powdery snow and spectacular landscapes are all yours.
"Best family ski holiday ever! No idea why we hadn't considered Norway previously."Iain Sharpe (Oxfordshire, UK)
Equipment and amenities are modern. English is widely spoken, almost as a first-language, and skilled instructors are professional, attentive and always on hand. It's a more intimate experience, as the Norwegians are generally open, friendly and welcoming. By nature, they are family-orientated and consequently the children's facilities are amongst the best in the world - an ideal destination for the family ski holiday.
We've skied all over the country - from north to south - and the resorts we've selected below are our favourites in Norway. The two largest and most mass-market resorts - Trysil, Hemsedal and Beitostølen - are better served by the larger mainstream tour operators. We steer clear, as they lack any Norwegian charm. At the other end of the spectrum, some of the other resorts are just too small, the skiing too restrictive or the facilities not quite up to scratch, particularly for the world-savvy skier. With no compromise, the ski resorts we've selected are the ones we can wholeheartedly endorse - characterful, distinctly Norwegian with plenty of interest on the mountain. Get in contact with us and we'll talk you through the options.
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One of Norway’s oldest ski resorts, thereby making it one of the oldest ski resorts in the world! Two separate ski mountains on either side of a valley, with an authentic and quaint mountain village between the two.
Less than two hours flying time from the UK, Norway is one of the closest European skiing destinations. With over 200 direct flights, from 10 airports, it’s also very convenient.
We'll fly you to Oslo for Bergen, and from here the train can often play a pivotal role. The route will invariably be pretty - from the countryside outside of Oslo or Bergen, past fjords and through pine forests, up in to the mountains.