Cross country skiing holidays at Venabu

At Venabu we offer cross country ski holidays and courses to suit a range of abilities and interests. Our winter ski season extends from December into April.

Beginners are welcome! Progress from your first time on skis to expeditions to tell your friends about.

We run a programme of weekly guided tours to suit everyone from beginner to intermediate. We have off track holidays for experienced skiers.

Our ski skills courses suit guests who enjoy learning and want to focus on their cross country ski technique. Private cross country ski lessons and coaching are available.

Whether you are a group of friends, a couple, a family or a solo traveller, Venabu Fjellhotell creates a friendly, warm atmosphere for your cross country ski holiday. The scenery is stunning and the snow record is excellent. The extensive network of tracks makes this one of the best cross country ski areas in Norway.

Venabu is easily accessible from Oslo and Trondheim.

Venabu’s cross country skiing holidays


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Cross country ski courses: 

Become a better skier!

weekend or 6 days | intermediate to advanced | Dates in January, February and March 2021

Do you enjoy learning and want to Become a Better Skier? Join one of these innovative cross country ski courses. Our cross country ski courses combine expert ski and movement coaching with a fun, supportive group atmosphere. Six full days of skiing and much more. Long weekend courses available too.


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Cross country ski lessons and coaching

beginner to advanced | december into april

Our qualified, experienced cross country ski instructors offer private cross country ski lessons and coaching. Whether you are a beginner or want to develop your technique and gain confidence, or discover skate skiing, we can help.

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Venabu’s classic cross country ski holiday

6 days | beginner to intermediate | december into april

Enjoy ski tours in a Norwegian winter wonderland with our experienced guides and instructors. Our holidays run throughout the winter season, Saturday to Saturday, from December into April. Suitable for all levels of skier from beginners to intermediate.

We run guided cross country ski tours on five days with one day free, midweek. On the free day you can join our guided snowshoe tour. Included in the programme are lessons for beginners and guided tours at different ski grades. Every day we aim to show you a new area on the beautiful Venabygdsfjellet plateau.

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Off track ski safari

6 days | advanced | february and march

Explore further into the mountains and enjoy longer days out. Guided cross country ski tours on five days, returning to our comfortable hotel after skiing every day. This holiday suits guests who have a good foundation of cross country ski technique, good fitness and an adventurous spirit. It is a great choice for guests who would like to explore off track skiing without staying in remote cabins.

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Skiing is part of who we are

Venabu has a long-established tradition of cross country ski holidays. Sharing this magnificent mountain area and superb nature with our guests has been an important part of Venabu’s ethos since the beginning. We continue to build on this history. Many of our guests return year after year to enjoy their cross country ski holiday with us. Why not join them and discover cross country skiing in one of the most beautiful ski areas in Norway?

The skiing

Ski in, ski out – the skiing starts on our doorstep. The cross country si tracks take us out onto the surrounding plateau which is at approximately 950m asl. The ski area then extends out in all directions with about 140 kms of prepared trails and access to the Trolløype. From Venabu you can ski all the way to Lillehammer.

The plateau is excellent cross country ski terrain with well signed trails. There is plenty of variety. One day you can be skiing in the vast open areas of wild reindeer country. The next day in the forest. There are friendly, flatter areas and mountain tops, all accessible on the prepared tracks. The scenery is spectacular.

Our team of guides and instructors have many years of experience and love to share their enthusiasm for skiing with our guests. Both Norwegian and International, all our guides speak English fluently. We have Nordic instructors qualified with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors (BASI) and the Norwegian Ski School (DNS) on our team.

You may enjoy the pleasure of ski journeys through a beautiful winter landscape – the glide of the skis helping you to cover more ground. Or you may be someone who wants to discover cross country skiing’s unique combination of athletic effort with technical skill. Whatever your kind of cross country ski holiday, at Venabu you can enjoy the best of Norwegian nature from the comfortable base of our hotel.

Cross country Skiing in Norway

Cross country skiing makes a great active winter holiday. Cross country skiing in Norway gives you fantastic ski conditions. Venabu gives you ski journeys in an accessible and beautiful mountain area.

Venabygdsfjellet has a good snow record. Typically, the snow arrives in October or November and we can ski as late as May. Our holiday season lasts from mid/late December until after Easter. Winter temperatures can be low, and conditions are dry, giving great skiing. With good clothing you can be comfortable while active outside. In Norway, unlike in the Alps, temperatures tend not to fluctuate too much during the day. This means that for most of the winter we don’t experience melt-freeze conditions. There are heavenly ‘Blue Extra days’, ski conditions loved by cross country enthusiasts.

Because Venabu sits on a high plateau we have sunlight throughout the winter. Even at midwinter, with the shortest days, the sun rises above the horizon and we have plenty of time for skiing. Midwinter light is very beautiful with red, pink and gold bathing the snow and mountains. The sunsets create fiery skies. You may be fortunate and see the Northern Lights. The Tvete family chose the location carefully when they decided to build Venabu! All this makes Norway and Venabu a special cross country ski destination. Many guests return year after year, becoming part of the extended ‘Venabu family’. Join us!

What is cross country skiing? Will it suit me?

Cross country skiing is a wonderful way to travel and explore the winter landscape. Skiing originated in Scandinavia in prehistoric times and cross country ski equipment has developed since then! Now we use light weight equipment to glide across the snow, powered by our own effort. It is the ideal way to make a journey in this landscape.

Cross country ski areas have prepared tracks where the snow has been pressed to create a smooth gliding surface. The terrain is gently rolling, for the most part. We will teach you the techniques you need to travel across the snow, and up and down gentle gradients.

On cross country skis we can also explore outside the tracks, still in gentle rolling terrain. At Venabu we like to introduce our beginners to skiing outside the tracks because it is fun! It means we can explore more of the plateau and access our wild Norwegian nature. It also helps to develop balance and the understanding of how your skis work. This is all done at a gentle and appropriate pace. Our instructors are qualified and our guides are experienced. We all love to share the joy and beauty of Norwegian nature in winter with our guests.

In our experience many people learn to cross country ski more quickly than alpine skiing. If you are active in daily life, have reasonable fitness and enjoy gliding, then by the end of your first holiday you can be enjoying tours of 6, 8 or even 18kms. This means you’ll be well on your way to exploring much of our fantastic ski area.

There is another difference between cross country skiing and alpine skiing. Very quickly, skiers of different abilities can ski the same tracks, although they may be travelling at a different pace. These factors give guests a feeling of rapid progress and a great sense of achievement.

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“Fantastic teaching!”

“Thank you we had a truly spectacular week with you – fantastic teaching, amazing weather and wonderful hospitality. We will definitely be back again!”

Hannah, Damon, Edan and Anouk, UK

the accomodation

Venabu makes your holiday special

Venabu Fjellhotell

Venabu is run by the Tvete family. Along with their staff, they create a warm, hospitable atmosphere so that you can relax and unwind.

Venabu cabins

Venabu has eight traditional log cabins available to rent. Our cabins are thoughtfully designed and well-equipped to a high standard. They offer relaxed accommodation for those who prefer their own space. All the opportunities and services offered by the hotel are just a few minutes’ walk away.

Winter activities for everyone

There are plenty of winter activities on offer at Venabu: snowshoe tours, dog sledding, horse drawn sleigh rides, yoga, Pilates and mindfulness. Every week there are evening talks about a range of interesting subjects including local culture and history.

You can also let go and unwind, we have two saunas and relaxation and sports massage are available.

“A piece of paradise”

“A piece of paradise, I wish I lived here. Thank you so much I will be back!!”

Beata (UK)

“Wonderful time”

“Thank you for providing us with a wonderful time and such happy memories.”

Martin and Annie (UK)

“Wonderful visit”

“Thank you to everyone at Venabu for yet another wonderful visit …. We will return!!”

Anne and Chris (UK)

“A special place!”

“Thanks for the wonderful stay. Food delicious, rooms great and good entertainment.”

Janet (USA)