Learn to Cross Country Ski in Norway

Holiday dates

2022 dates:

5th – 12th February 2022

12th – 19th March 2022

Holiday prices

5th – 12th February 2022

From: 20 750 NOK

12th – 19th March 2022

From: 22 700 NOK

Per person, based on a twin/double room share

Cross country ski grade

This holiday is aimed at those new to cross country skiing.


See our cross country ski grades page.

Small group size

Minimum 4, maximum 9.

Minimum age

18 years

Good to know

Our blog articles have useful information to help you get ready for your cross country skiing holiday.

Our NEW cross country skiing holiday

This is a cross country ski week for those new to cross country skiing.

Enjoy an active winter holiday at our friendly family run hotel. Venabu is well known for its welcoming atmosphere and great food. We believe this creates the perfect setting for our new holiday: Learn to Cross Country Ski. This is a cross country skiing week with instruction every day. You can progress from being a beginner, and putting on nordic skis for the first time, to touring in the tracks. Whether you are travelling with friends or a solo traveller, join us for a great start to your nordic ski experience.

Enjoy learning

Your BASI (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) instructor will help you to make the best start on your cross country skis. We take care to create an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere for the group so that you can learn and have fun. Our experienced ski teachers ensure that everyone in the group can progress at a pace that suits them.

On this holiday we teach the classic style of cross country skiing.

What to expect

Through the week we mix exercises and tours for variety, learning and consolidation. There´s the opportunity to develop good foundations right from the beginning.

If you are an active person, and enjoy gliding, you can expect to be skiing tours of 12 – 15 km by the end of the week.

Why learn to ski at Venabu?

Venabu Fjellhotell sits on a mountain plateau at an altitude of 992m. We are surrounded by a beautiful landscape, away from the bussle of the valley. There are 140km of prepared ski tracks starting on our doorstep and we have a good snow record. The ski terrain is varied with friendly flatter areas, rolling hills, forests and wide open spaces. This means that as the week progresses there are plenty of areas to explore.

We love teaching cross country skiing and look forward to welcoming you to this new sport.

A Norwegian winter holiday

Beside learning nordic skiing, why not try dogsledding or a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride during your stay, for a full Norwegian holiday experience? On some nights you may be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights.

The hotel has a large lounge and bar with a roaring fire and convivial atmosphere. There are saunas, yoga classes and massage available to help restore weary limbs or to simply relax.

You will be well looked after and eat well on your holiday. Good food is important to us and we serve delicious homemade food with many locally sourced ingredients. On Wednesday evenings we hold our weekly food event: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition”. We serve a variety of local foods and accompaniments and share the stories behind the dishes. We serve vegetarian dishes at every meal and guests with special dietary requirements are welcome. Read more about our food philosophy.



  • Fantastic ski area – perfectly suited to beginners
  • Good snow record
  • BASI qualified instructor – get the best start on your cross country skis
  • Small group size
  • Friendly inclusive atmosphere, safe and ideal for learning
  • Great food
  • Enjoy our special weekly food event “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition”
  • A range or teas and coffee always available in the lounge
  • Eco-certified hotel
  • Optional winter activities: dogsledding, horse drawn sleigh rides
  • Yoga classes, sports and relaxation massage available
  • Saunas
  • Excellent travel connections

Holiday itinerary

Langrenn, Venabu Fjellhotell, foto: Rakke foto
Day 1. Arrival

This evening we will meet at the hotel and have dinner together with your instructor. We will talk about the week ahead, but our more detailed briefing will be over coffee the following morning. After a day of travelling this is an evening to meet everyone and settle into your holiday.

19.00: Dinner is served.

Days 2 - 7. Learn to ski

We start the day with a relaxed Norwegian breakfast. There is time to make up a packed lunch at breakfast.

We then gather in the “skistall” or wax room to prepare our skis. You will learn about waxing and preparing nordic skis ready for the day. We warm up and head out to ski.

You will be introduced to nordic skiing in a progessive way, through carefully designed exercises that enable you to develop your skills, balance and confidence.
We use a mix of exercises and ski tours during the week to develop everyone in the group.

There is a wealth of ski terrain around Venabu and we will explore different areas as you learn. Make use of your new found skills and glide through magical snowy forests, discover vast, wild spaces and enjoy rolling hills.

When the weather is good we can enjoy our packed lunch outside, in true Norwegian style. On other days we can eat lunch in the hotel lounge before heading out for more skiing. In the afternoons we often go on a relaxed tour, so you can consolidate your skiing.

We will return to the hotel mid afternoon. The hotel´s lounge is a lovely place to relax. Alternatively you can enjoy a restorative massage, sauna or join a yoga class.

19.00 Dinner is served.

Day 8. Departure day

Departure after breakfast.

Your coaches:


BASI Nordic Ski Instructor

e: joy@venabu.no

Joy O’Flanagan is an experienced BASI Nordic Ski Instructor and International Mountain Leader. She is also a movement specialist: a qualified physiotherapist and Pilates instructor. Joy is happiest out and about in the mountains: skiing, climbing or running.


BASI Nordic Ski Instructor

e: joy@venabu.no

Ewen Martin has been teaching skiing and mountaineering for 30 years. This includes Alpine, Telemark, ski touring and Nordic. Ewen is a Nordic International Ski Teacher and a German military high mountain Guide. He also works as a trainer for BASI: teaching and assessing instructors. Ewen’s expertise and enthusiasm enable him to get the very best out of each skier he teaches.

“Excellent guiding team!”

“An amazing week. The whole guiding team was excellent and very patient for me as a beginner. Music in the evening and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Hope to be back soon.”

Josephine (UK)

What’s included

  • Expert cross country ski teaching on six days
  • Seven nights accommodation on a three-quarter board basis: breakfast and dinner are substantial! Plus a packed lunch made up at breakfast. Thermos filled with your choice of hot drink.
  • Ski hire and ski wax
  • Transfers to and from Ringebu at the start and end of your stay

Read more about travel to Venabu here.

Optional airport transfer: Oslo Gardermoen airport transfer, 550 NOK per person, one way. On Saturdays Venabu runs an airport bus. This leaves Oslo Gardermoen at 14h, meeting time 13.45h. For the return to the airport the bus leaves Venabu at 9am, it reaches the airport at 13h.

You can choose to add airport transfers when you book your holiday. This service must be booked in advance.


“The best place I have ever skied .. Brilliant! Thanks for a very welcoming friendly stay.”

Ava and Christine (UK)

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“Fantastic holiday!”

“We had a fantastic holiday, new snow, fantastic tracks, superb hotel, food out of this world, staff so helpful and polite. Already booked for Christmas.”

Martin, Ruth and Keir (UK)

Questions about the activity?

Joy O'Flanagan

Head of Guiding

e: joy@venabu.no