Venabu´s Classic Cross Country Ski Holiday

Holiday dates

High season

19th – 26th December 2021

26th December 21 – 2nd January 2022

Low season

2nd – 8th January 22 (nb!)

Saturday to Saturday:

8th -15th January 22

15th – 22nd January 22

22nd – 29th January 22

Mid season

29th Jan – 5th Feb 22

5th – 12th February 22

High season

12th – 19th February 22

19th – 26th February 22

26th Feb – 5th March 22

5th – 12th March 22

12th – 19th March 22

19th – 26th March 22

26th Feb – 2nd April 22

9th -16th April 22

Holiday prices

Example prices:

Low season from 13 965,- NOK per person

Mid season from 15 015,- NOK per person

High season from 16 065,- NOK per person

These illustrative prices are based a twin/double room share, “winter pension”, guiding, ski hire with transfer from Ringebu included.

However you build your own package, choosing your dates and options. The final price will depend on your choices. Our booking system will guide you through the process.

Cross country ski grade

Beginner to Intermediate

Our tours are suitable for guests aged 16 years and above. Young people under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

See our cross country ski grades page.

Small tour group size

Minimum 3, maximum 8.

Cross country skiing holiday in Eastern Norway

Design your own package “skiing à la carte”.

Venabu has a wonderful reputation for snowsure cross country skiing holidays. Our new ‘a la carte’ approach means you can create your ideal holiday. If you are a solo traveller you know you’ll be joining like-minded adventurers and can create your week to suit you.

If you are travelling with a group of friends, then our skiing à la carte approach means everyone can tailor the week to include the elements they would like. Our secure online booking system means you can schedule your holiday directly.

Find out what you can include in your cross country ski holiday.

Guided cross country ski tours

Discover the beautiful cross country skiing area around Venabu with our guides. This area, Venabygdsfjellet, has so much to offer: vast open spaces with distant views, sheltered forest, friendly gradients and more challenging hills (for those who enjoy them). You will be skiing amongst the mountains, on a plateau away from the valley. Our experienced ski guides know all the best ski tours, so you can just have fun and enjoy your holiday.

Beginners are welcome

We teach a beginners’ lesson on the first morning. Guests new to cross country skiing build good foundations right from the start. We find that guests who are alpine skiers also benefit from getting the right start on their cross country skis. You may also be interested in our Beginners Ski Course.

Develop confidence on your skis

For our new skiers, on the second morning there is a recap of skills before heading out on a tour. We then offer more coaching during the tours, as required. On the second afternoon we offer a lesson on descent skills for cross country skiing. These are important skills for building confidence so we create a relaxed environment for this lesson.

On holiday with skiers of different ability? We have the answer!

Ski with a group that suits your level. Our tours are graded to suit our guests’ skill, fitness and energy levels, with a number of tours going out each day. This means that groups of friends or families with skiers at different levels can all enjoy this holiday.


holiday highlights

  • Experienced guides and qualified Nordic ski instructors
  • Weekly beginners’ lesson
  • Small group size
  • Our guides find the best tours for you, the weather and the conditions. Relax and enjoy your cross country ski holiday.
  • Add exciting Nordic experiences to your holiday: dogsledding, a snowshoe tour, horse drawn sleigh ride
  • Relax with a massage, yoga or Pilates class, simply add these when you book or during your stay
  • Your choice of accommodation: enjoy the hotel or a cabin holiday
  • Delicious, plentiful food and our special dinner: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition” every Wednesday
  • Ideal for solo travellers: share you ski holiday with like-minded people at our friendly, welcoming hotel
More about this holiday:

On this holiday we use the classic style of cross country skiing. The tours start after breakfast and bring you back in time for lunch (about 1.30pm). In the afternoons you are free to explore the area by yourselves, to have a private ski lesson or simply relax!

There is ski guiding on five days of the week. Mid-week we offer a change of pace: an opportunity to venture into the snow-covered forest, away from the tracks, on a guided snowshoe tour. From experience we find that guests often enjoy this change mid-week, returning to their skis with extra energy and enthusiasm. Some guests prefer to ski every day so the snowshoe tour isn’t included in the package and can be added when you book or during your stay.

This is a beautiful, rolling mountain area and we like to offer some skiing away from the tracks. This means you can experience this stunning winter wilderness, in a safe and accessible way. We think this is one of the features that makes this Venabu cross country skiing holiday special.

The week runs Saturday to Saturday. (At the start of the 2020/21 season weeks run Sunday to Sunday with a readjustment in January to accommodate Christmas and New Year. Consequently the holiday 2 – 8 January 21 is a short week with a slightly different itinerary, information and booking here.

Our booking system will guide you through the process and we are also here to help).

Venabu´s Classic Cross Country Skiing Holiday Itinerary

Langrenn, Venabu Fjellhotell, foto: Rakke foto

The itinerary below shows meal times for hotel guests on full board, our cabin guests may also book and join us for meals in the hotel.

Day 1. Arrival day

18.30 Pre dinner welcome drink in the lounge

19.00: Dinner is served.

After dinner we will meet to issue equipment.

Day 2. Beginners´ lesson or introductory tour

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.00 Briefing and ski waxing tutorial: learn the art of ski waxing.

Our beginners’ lesson, included in the package, will get you off to a great start on your cross country skis. In a relaxed environment we teach the foundational skills of cross country skiing.

For guests who are returning to their skis, our Sunday tour will help you to warm up and find your ‘ski legs’. We may include some ‘coaching on the move’ during the tour, depending on the needs of the group.

Return in time for lunch

13.30 Lunch

Free time in the afternoon

19.00 Dinner

Day 3. Ski tours and optional afternoon lesson

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.15 Ski waxing and preparation

9.45 Tours begin.
Beginners usually have a review of yesterday’s skills before heading out on a tour.

Return for lunch

13.30 Lunch

Monday afternoon
Our popular uphill and downhill ski lesson to help guests develop and refine their confidence and control on descents – optional.

19.00 Dinner

Day 4. Ski tours

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.15 Wax and prepare skis

9.45 Tours start

13.30 Lunch

Afternoon free

19.00 Dinner

Day 5. Ski independently or enjoy a change of pace

8.00 Breakfast is served

Free day or

Optional guided snowshoe tour (not included in the package):

9.15 Briefing and fitting of snowshoes

9.45 Tour starts. We snowshoe through magical forests and visit the spectacular waterfall of Myfallet

13.30 Lunch

Free afternoon

19.00 Tonight the hotel holds its weekly food event: “A Taste of Norwegian Tradition”

Days 6. and 7. Ski tours

8.00 Breakfast is served

9.15 Ski waxing and preparation

9.45 Tours depart

13.30 Lunch

Afternoon free

19.00 Dinner is served


Day 8. Departure day

8.00 Breakfast is served

Departure after breakfast

The holiday with dates 2nd – 8th January 21 is a shorter week, consequently the itinerary will be modified. If you are considering these dates there is more information on its booking page.

Design your own package

“skiing à la carte”
You can include the following in your cross country skiing holiday:
  • Your choice of accommodation: stay in our hotel or in one of our cabins
  • Your choice of “pension” – with either a packed lunch or hot meal at lunchtime
  • Cabin guests can choose to eat in the hotel
  • Ski rental
  • Direct airport transfer
  • Transfer from the local station by hotel minibus

At present the options below are bookable locally:

How to use our online booking system

  1. Click through on the “book now” button
  2. Choose your dates
  3. Choose your room category/cabin
  4. Add any extras: transfers, ski hire, meals

Once your booking is completed you will receive an email with important information about transfers and ski hire.

Venabu Fjellhotell, Venabygdsfjellet. Foto: Olav Storm


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

Ava and Christine (UK)

Thank you all for a most wonderful week of skiing!”

Everything was fabulous. We will be back for sure!”

Esther and David (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