- Get active
Thrill seekers will be spoilt in Beitostølen and Geilo with everything from cross-country skiing to airboarding.
- When the sun goes down
Innovative nightclubs are in abundance in Hemsedal - get up on the tables and dance the night away.
- Lavvu love
Spend an evening in a lavvu tent in Beitostølen and tuck into warming venison stew around the fire.
So what's it like?
For an all-round winter experience you can’t beat Norway. A historic home to the development of the sport we love, the country has several ski resorts which boast the enviable combination of guaranteed snow and quiet slopes.
Families will enjoy the excellent ski schools, wide range of off-slope activities and great variety of accommodation options on offer. The scenery is spectacular too – particularly from the top of a ski lift or through the forests on cross-country skis.
Best for families – Trysil is the largest ski area in the country, with everything from wide, confidence-building blues to challenging black runs, ensuring every member of the family is kept entertained.
Best for après – Hemsedal is particularly popular with a younger demographic, due to its range of slopes being matched by a diversity of nightlife options – try Hemsedal Café, Bar(t) or Stavkroa.
Best for beginners – Beitostølen is the smallest resort we offer, but has an excellent ski school and mostly gentle slopes, making it ideal for beginners and families alike.
Best for intermediates – Geilo offers all the things that make progressing your turns easier – great snow that’s perfectly groomed and spread across empty slopes, all with stunning views.
We love the traditional log cabins here – they’re packed with Nordic charm and many have their own log fires and private saunas. If you prefer something a little more luxurious, we’ve also got modern self-catering apartments and high-end hotels with indoor pools and spas.
Skiing is a way of life to the locals. There can be snow on the doorstep for up to six months each year, so children grow up as naturals on the mountain. With such reliable conditions and well-groomed runs, it’s no surprise they’ve won more gold medals at the Winter Olympics than any other nation.
Then there’s cross-country (or Nordic) skiing – a chance to see the snowy landscapes from a different angle. Norway is also known for the wealth of other fun winter activities on offer – make time for dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice-rally driving and tobogganing.
If you fancy something really different, head to Beitostølen, where adrenaline junkies can have a go at airboarding, while the more sedate among you can spend the evening in a mountaintop tepee.
Food and drink
Norway isn’t known for raucous après, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be found – Trysil and Hemsedal both have some great bars, with plenty of live music and dancing on the tables. Things in Geilo and Beitostølen tend to be a bit quieter, with cosy bars where you can relax with a drink and mix with the locals – but be warned, a few rounds can get pretty expensive.
As for the food – all our resorts have a range of restaurant options, but it’s well worth trying some of the local cuisine. Often sourced within a few miles of where you’re staying, there’s usually great game and fish on the menu, complemented by the national firewater Akevitt.
Ski Plus for winter 16/17
Take a look at Crystal Ski Plus in Norway. For one great price you’ll get:
- Lift Pass
- Ski or board hire OR carriage