Unsure where to ski in Norway? Based on more than 20 years of skiing there and feedback from thousands of happy customers over the past decade, these are the best ski resorts in Norway for winter 2023/24.
Whether you're looking for gentle, family-friendly slopes, ski-in ski-out convenience or world-class snow conditions, I'm confident that there's a Norwegian resort for you.
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Best for Ski-In Ski-Out Convenience
Gausta's superb slopeside accommodation
It's a fact for any parents going skiing with their children that trimming down the time spent dilly-dallying to the slopes makes for a far more relaxing holiday.
The best way to do this? Find a resort with plenty of options for ski-in ski-out accommodation and there's few better in Norway than Gausta. Whether you prefer the feel of a half board hotel like the Gaustablikk Fjellresort or a self-catering cabin such as the Gaustablikk Cabins or Lake View Cabins, the style of accommodation is yours to choose without compromising on the ski-in ski-out aspect.
Once you've clicked into your skis and glided out of your accommodation, there's a huge variety of terrain to keep skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities happy. Gausta's our latest addition for winter 2023/24 and still a relatively unknown resort, so it's best to experience this gem whilst the slopes are quiet and there's still availability!
Set in the heart of Gausta beside a gentle green slope, is the Gaustablikk Fjellresort, a hotel perfectly placed for outstanding views of the Gaustatoppen mountain and ski-in-ski-out access. Here you can try a classic Norwegian experience and an all-around rush of warming up in one of the floating saunas before plunging into an icy lake. There are more family-friendly amenities on offer including a shuffleboard, table tennis table and a kids' room filled with toys.
Best for Young Families
Geilo’s unintimidating slopes & award-winning ski school
Voted Norway’s Best Ski Resort 2019-21, Geilo is perfectly set up for families with young kids. The two ski areas of Geilo and Geilolia have wide, unintimidating slopes with excellent conditions, and an award-winning ski school to help your kids find their feet on the slopes. Children under seven ski for free and the resort is home to a whole host of non-ski activities from dog sledding and fat biking to tree-top ropes and a nature park & mountain farm to keep the kids entertained off the slopes. Plus, the whole journey feels like an adventure with train transfers on one of the world’s most scenic railways.
With a wide range of half board hotels and self-catered apartments and cabins, you'll find it easy to make yourself at home in Geilo. The slopeside 4*+ Vestlia Resort is a fantastic option for families, with a host of kid-friendly facilities including a separate kids' pool, a large soft play area and a bowling alley - plus a 1,000m² spa for the parents. It’s right by the ski school, lifts and childcare centre and features a great value Family Room which is ideal for 2 adults and 2 children. If you’d like more space the Vestlia has that covered too, with one to three bedroom suites and larger luxurious penthouses for all family sizes.
For a quieter getaway that feels authentically Scandinavian, the 4* Geilolia Forest Cabins are perfect for families of all sizes. Tucked away in the trees along the slopes, you’re still close to the ski school and the lifts, but with extra space and everything you need to self-cater - plus extra touches like a log burning fireplace, private sauna and underfloor heating.
“This resort is fantastic for families with young children. Unsurpassed facilities for young children all over the various mountains. We will go back with our grandchildren in the future. Really great experience for the whole family.” - Sheena Makgill-Crichton
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Best for Off-Piste
Myrkdalen's world-class conditions and vast backcountry
For those after world-class conditions, Myrkdalen may come as a surprising option - still relatively undiscovered in the UK and blissfully quiet as a result. It’s an excellent place to try off-piste for the first time due to the easily accessible and safe terrain near the lifts, while for more advanced skiers and riders, the touring and hiking options are practically endless. We’d highly recommend a guide to make the most of the area, with a range of backcountry courses available too.
Snowsure from December to May, Myrkdalen’s a good option if you’re travelling with kids or beginners too. It’s easy to build confidence on the quiet, gentle slopes before progressing to the wide and cruisy blues and reds - especially with the help of the fantastic ski school.
For ultimate convenience, the 4* Myrkdalen Hotel is the hub of the resort and sits right at the base of the slopes. With the lifts right outside the hotel, you'll have quick and easy access to the whole mountain, making it the perfect ski-in ski-out location. Ski rental, ski school and the nursery slopes are all right on the doorstep, meaning all you'll need to think about is enjoying the snow on the uncrowded runs.
“What appears to be a small resort with a handful of lifts, transpires to have lots of open 'off piste' areas which are great fun. Not a steep resort, but as a snowboarding family we loved the lack of very shallow tracks and the abundance of snowparks. We had amazing snow and sunshine to go with it, which never got skied out because the resort was virtually deserted a week before Norwegian Easter break. It was the perfect late season short break... but don't tell too many people!” - Simon Pattinson
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Best for Non-Ski Activities
Try something completely different in Beitostølen
You’ll find more than just picturesque views and excellent skiing terrain at Beitostølen. Along with the easy-going slopes, this traditional resort offers a fantastic range of non-ski activities. As well as typical winter pursuits like dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing, we love the more unique activities the resort has to offer.
Get your heart rate up with snow rafting (think whitewater rafting on snow) and air boarding (sliding down the hill on your stomach on an inflatable board at surprising speeds), or slow down with a gentle horse ride or a traditional evening dinner in a Lavvu. For the really adventurous, large groups can book a guided overnight trip, staying in a tee-pee or even a snow cave that you’ve built yourself.
Set in beautiful scenery on the edge of a national park, Beitostølen has a low-key, down-to-earth feel, with a great range of family-friendly hotels, log cabins and high-quality apartments. The 4* Radisson Blu Resort Beitostølen is conveniently placed right next to the slopes, and offers an ideal base for non-ski activities. After a busy day of skiing and activities, you can relax in one of the hotel's two bars or wander down to the wellness centre which features a sauna, solarium and swimming pool.
“Was our 4th time visiting as a family. It's a small compact resort with lots of non ski activities on offer. We have tried Ice fishing, night skiing, airboarding, cross country skiing, the toboggan run and even had reindeer stew in a teepee under the stars... We were happy to let the kids take off and explore after the second day on the slopes as nearly all of the runs end up at the same place. ” - Andrew Watson
Best for Skiing and Northern Lights
Ski Narvik within the Arctic Circle
One of the greatest shows on earth awaits in Narvik. With a northerly latitude (in fact, it’s one of the most northerly ski resorts in the world!) and exceptionally clear skies, Narvik offers skiers a high chance of seeing the Northern Lights, and as aprés ski activities go, it’s difficult to think of any more breathtaking.
Even if you’re not fortunate enough to witness the aurora borealis, there are many more adventures to be had in the area. Narvik offers easy access to backcountry skiing over the fjords, beautiful scenery and the nearby Polar Park - home to bears, lynx, reindeer and two wolf packs.
The unique ski-in ski-out 4* Camp 291 Cabins immerse you in the spectacular views of the mountains and stunning coastline around Narvik. They have huge floor-to-ceiling windows that cover three of the four sides, plus a fjord-facing balcony too. If the Northern Lights make an appearance, you'll find an epic view from the wall-to-wall skylight in the master bedroom.
“A tiny resort with only 15 pistes and 6 lifts, but a unique and stunning backdrop with the lowest lift less than 100m above sea level. Gorgeous sunsets, the sky painted by the Northern Lights and brilliant base for hiking and dog sledding!” - Olly Bradford
Best for Ski & Spa
Norefjell's luxurious spa hotel
If reclining in a warm pool overlooking stunning expanses of snow-covered forested hills sounds divine to you, then Norefjell could be your ideal ski destination. The resort has stayed relatively under the radar and offers a quiet and tranquil retreat, set in the middle of a wooded section of the Scandes Mountains. The ski-in ski-out accommodation sits at mid-mountain, so you can slide straight onto a tree-lined run each morning, or catch a lift up to the summit.
Look no further than the 4*+ Norefjell Ski & Spa hotel, where a range of indoor activities including a climbing wall, swimming pool and adult only spa make this a real mountain escape. The spa is the highlight of the hotel and features an infinity pool, foot and spa baths, hot and cold plunge pools, Finnish and Infra Red saunas and two outdoor hot tubs - the luxurious experience is the perfect way to leave you feeling pampered and relaxed after a long day of skiing. Entrance to the pool and hot tubs is complimentary, but the spa is payable locally.
“The ski & spa hotel was great - good service and a very impressive buffet breakfast and dinner. The very best of ski-in/ski-out. heated ski lockers, electronic access, automatic doors etc. Ski Safari had also arranged all the stuff we needed - so no hassle at the hotel with extra charges etc. The rooms in the hotel were perfect - warm and inviting and well equipped - we loved the real flame gas fire & stone freestanding bath in the bedroom. The spa was a very welcome addition too - the treatments were of a high quality and we all enjoyed some evenings outside in the jacuzzi looking over the trees/snow/mountain. Yep drinks were expensive, as expected in Norway, but the cocktail bar was good as was the nightly pianist - just a great place to chill after a days skiing.” - Paul Ross
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Best for a Buzzing Town
Lakeside Voss with its state-of-the-art gondola
If you’re looking for gentle ski runs and breathtaking scenery but also want to enjoy the vibe of a buzzing town, then Voss offers the ideal compromise. With the addition of the Voss Gondol in 2020, you can go from town to slopes in under 10 minutes.
Famous as a magnet for adrenaline sports lovers, the town bursts into life each March, when freeriders, kite-skiers and skydivers arrive for extreme sports week. The town's attractions include a host of restaurants, bars and shops, a fantastic indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley and games arcade, two folk museums and the awesome Vossvind indoor skydiving centre - our whole team have tried it and loved it!
On the mountain, you’ll find a good mix of beginner-friendly slopes and thigh-burning blacks, plus a hearty amount of off-piste for more advanced skiers. At the top of the gondola, you’ll find ski school, ski hire and the brilliant Hangurstoppen Restaurant, featuring panoramic views of the whole resort and delicious locally sourced food, and the Hangur 818 bar, with its quality local beverage and lounge-vibe after ski. For extra convenience you can leave your skis at the top of the gondola so you have less to worry about in the mornings.
The 4* Fleischer's Hotel is a family run property bursting with character and sits at the foot of a modern gondola - think lift-in lift-out access! allowing you to be whisked up to Mount Hanguren peak in under nine minutes. Everything you need is on-site or just a short distance from the hotel, including bars, shops and restaurants, making this the ideal stop for anyone looking to enjoy skiing and town life. Voss train station is also right outside, making it easy to access on the Oslo to Bergen Railway.
“Excellent conditions for skiing. Limited number of red/black slopes for more experienced skiers, but enough to enjoy 2-3 days. Scandic hotel location perfect for arrival/departure by train and for access to ski lift, etc. Comfortable hotel, good food and friendly staff.” - Kim Birnie
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