If you’ve ever watched the Winter Olympics it’ll come as no surprise that Norway offers fantastic family skiing opportunities. The sheer amount of snow makes this refined country a haven for cross-country and downhill skiers alike. It’s not just the Olympians either – there is a long-standing tradition of family skiing in Norway, so many of the ski resorts are not only family-orientated, but family-run, too. As it’s only a short European flight and transfer away, it’s the ideal distance to travel for a short weekend away with the family. Dry snow and immaculately groomed pistes mean the skiing here is world-class – perfect for a late spring ski break. Here’s our pick of the best family skiing in Norway.
Family skiing in Norway doesn’t get better than the country’s largest and oldest ski resort, Trysil, which provides varied terrain and 66 runs, with virtually no lift queues. We recommend the Friday and Sunday evening skiing. During high season there’s also Wednesday and Saturday morning skiing. The snow here is dry and the season is long, running from early November to late April, and if the conditions aren’t up to scratch, the resort will refund your ski-pass.
At the Radisson Blu resort, La Piazza is sure to be a hit with its thin crust pizzas and a cocktail list for the grown-ups, and the Chill Bowl and Dine authentic American diner will go down a treat with families too. Try the spa for a little bit of self-indulgence, with couples’ treatments, Finnish sauna and invigorating Turkish steam room.
Geilo is a snow-sure ski resort nestled between two national parks, Oslo, and Bergen and it’s one of our favourite ski resorts for family skiing in Norway. With incredible scenery and a charming town this family destination is perfect for family skiing from mid-November to late April. Snowboarders can get stuck into two half-pipes and two sizeable snow parks here. Skiers will love throwing up the powder on wide, elegant turns. The local ski school supplies younger children with helmets to help them learn safely, and offers free access to the lift.
Post-ski, take up tobogganing, dog sledding or snuggle down in a horse-drawn sleigh. Stay at Dr Holm’s Hotel for its close proximity to the ski school. Besides a hot tub, pool and spa there is also have an outdoor heated terrace for idyllic evenings surrounded by breath-taking scenery. At the charming, three-star Bardøla hotel there’s a children’s playroom to keep them occupied while you relax in the cosy bar.
A mere 45 minutes from Fagernes airport, beginner-friendly Beitostolen is great for a short skiing break. There are two main alpine ski areas, six lifts and more than 320 kilometres of cross-country tracks.
The Slalom Race and perfect mini-sized snowmobiles keep kids occupied in family-run Beitostolen. When you’ve hung up your skis for the day, why not try dog sledding, swimming or snowshoeing? Après-ski is quieter than in much of Europe, perfect for families with children, as there are fewer party-goers and more relaxed, cosy restaurants and cafes.
Myrkdalen enjoys an average snowfall of five metres and a season which lasts till the end of May. Children can run riot with designated ski areas and fun competitions during school holidays.
There are three advanced black runs and 22 slopes in total. The family skiing in Norway is special with off-piste opportunities abound, including cross-country skiing, indoor skydiving or a magical sleigh ride. What could be better during the Christmas holidays?
You can ski up to the front doors of the chic, modern Myrkdalen Hotel. The sleek Scandinavian rooms are furnished in oak and have majestic views of the resort and valley below. To replenish your energy, head to Restaurant Tunet for pasta, pizza and the renowned Myrkdalen burger. Restaurant Nuten also has a mouthwatering fondue selection for you to indulge in, or you could head to the relaxed and sophisticated Salto Lobby Bar.
Hemsedal might well be Norway’s most photographed resort. The incredible scenery and varied terrain here make it a tough choice between skiing, or stopping to get a snap. Long green runs snaking all the way around the mountain open up the whole range to beginners and adventurous kids. There’s also breathtaking off-piste skiing and wide powder fields, making it exciting for more advanced skiers too.
Hemsedal village has traditional Norwegian restaurants to fill up hungry skiers. Skigaarden sources local ingredients for traditional and fusion food. Fjellkafeen offers a warm, hearty breakfast in the mountains for early risers. While family-friendly Elmas Kafe serves local, organic products including waffles, cake and nourishing soup throughout the day.
To find out more about family skiing in Norway, call our experts on 020 7741 7700. Alternatively, read about the best ski resorts in Norway here.
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