Venabu´s Classic Cross Country Ski Holiday

Holiday dates

High season

23rd – 30th December 2o22 (nb! Friday to Friday)

Low season

30th December 22 – 7th January 23 (nb!)

Saturday to Saturday:

7th -14th January 23

14th – 21st January 23

21st – 28th January 23

Mid season

28th Jan – 4th Feb 23

4th – 11th February 23

High season

11th – 18th February 23 holiday full

18th – 25th February 23

25th Feb – 4th March 23

option to add off track tours

4th – 11th March 23 – holiday full,

option to add off track tours

11th – 18th March 23

18th – 25th March 23

25th March – 1st April 23

1st -8th April 23

Holiday prices

Example prices for winter 22/23:

Low season from NOK 14 120 per person

Mid season from NOK 15 240 per person

High season from NOK 16 360 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. So 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 good reputation for  cross country skiing holidays. Our new “a la carte” approach means you can create your ideal holiday. Choose your dates, your preferred style of accommodation: hotel or cabin stay, and add any other elements of your holiday – our secure, online booking system will guide you through the process.

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

If you are a solo traveller you know that you’ll be joining like-minded adventurers and, at the same time, you can create a holiday that suits you. If you are travelling with friends, then our “skiing à la carte” approach means everyone can tailor their holiday as they wish. 

Guided cross country ski tours

Discover the beautiful cross country skiing area around Venabu on our guided tours. This area of 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. This holiday includes guided ski tours in the morning, on five days, read more about the programme below. The afternoons are free for you to explore independently, try your hand at dogsledding, take a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride or simply relax.

Beginners are welcome

We teach a lesson for beginners 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 Learn Cross Country Skiing week which is a holiday-style cross country ski course.

For our new skiers, on the second morning there is a recap of skills before heading out on a tour. That afternoon we also offer a lesson on descent skills for cross country skiing. These are important skills for building confidence on your skis. After these introductory sessions you can put your new skills into practice on our guided tours.

Off track day tours

Experienced skiers can now add individual off track day tours to their Classic holiday in certain weeks. As the days get longer we can ski further afield and into more remote terrain. Many guests would like to join our off track tours without wanting to commit to a full five days of tours. We offer two weeks in the season when off track day tours will be available. We plan for these to be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during those weeks, though this may change with the conditions. Please let us know when you book if you would like to join these tours.

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

Groups of friends, or families, with skiers at different levels can all enjoy this holiday. 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 you can ski with a group that suits your level.

holiday highlights

  • Experienced guides and 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
  • 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. Cabin guests are welcome to join us in the dining room every day or for chosen meals
  • Add quintessential Nordic experiences to your holiday: dogsledding, a snowshoe tour, a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride
  • Experienced skiers have the option to join our off track day tours in the weeks 25th Feb – 4th March and 4th – 11th March 2023.
  • Relax with a massage or a yoga class
  • Ideal for solo travellers: share you ski holiday with like-minded people at our friendly, welcoming hotel

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

19.00: Dinner is served.

After dinner we will meet to issue ski 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

Our blog articles on cross counry skiing have useful information to help you to prepare for you holiday.

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 added 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 off track skiing, that is away from the prepared 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 2022/23 season, Christmas week is Friday to Friday, with a readjustment in New Year week. Consequently the holiday 30th December 2022 – 7 January 2023 is a long 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).

Design your own package

“skiing à la carte”
You can include the following in your cross country skiing holiday as you book online:
  • Your choice of accommodation: stay in our hotel or in one of our cabins
  • Your choice of “pension” – enjoy the flexibility of a packed lunch or have a hot meal at lunchtime
  • Cabin guests can choose to eat in the hotel: enjoy the space of a cabin and the convenience of the hotel
  • Ski rental
  • Our guided midweek snowshoe tour
  • Additional private ski lessons
  • Dogsledding
  • Beer tasting – try delicious local and Norwegian beers (guests over 18 years of age)
  • Yoga classes
  • Direct bus from Oslo Gardermoen airport
  • Minibus transfer from the local station of Ringebu

When you book online please specify any special dietary requirements. We are very happy to accommodate different dietary needs, our chefs do need to know in advance.

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.

If you would like to add items or amend your choices after you book please contact us:

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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Martin, Ruth and Keir (UK)

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