Beitostølen Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

We've been selling Beitostølen for more than a decade and we can vouch for the exceptional service, family-friendly atmosphere and fantastic non-ski activities.

Based on our 10+ years of skiiing and staying there, we've put together our Beitostølen Resort Guide covering where to ski, stay, eat and drink, plus the best activities, tips for families and options for learning and developing your ski skills.

Where to Ski in Beitostølen

With slopes on a smaller scale compared to other resorts, Beitostølen offers the perfect introduction to skiing for beginners and families, boasting terrain and tuition which are perfect to bring on your skills and confidence.

We've highlighted the main ski areas in Beitostølen and recommend taking a look at the piste map as you read through.

Beitostølen Skisenter - the resort's main area is ideally suited to those who are skiing for the first time. There are seven lifts in total, with three carrying skiers right from the centre of the resort, a short ski or walk from the accommodation and restaurants. The new express chairlift will take skiers to the top of the resort in two and a half minutes.

The sixteen runs in Beitostølen are unintimidating with a good selection of green runs to learn on and red runs to develop your skills. Without a single black run or no-go area for you to take a wrong turn down, you won't have to worry about ending up out of your depth either!

A skier gets their turns in on the Beitostølen slopes
Wide, gentle runs are characteristic of the Beitostølen ski area.

Raudalen - For more seasoned skiers and those progressing quickly, Beitostølen's Raudalen area offers a few more challenging red and black runs on the opposite side of the valley. It's just a quick taxi journey from the main resort centre. For the really adventurous, you can take a snowcat tow to the top of the mountain and freeride back down - a great experience for more advanced skiers visiting with their families.

Cross-country - There is a huge 320km of world-class cross-country tracks taking you through glorious national park territory. The resort is famous for its Nordic trails and attracts some of the world’s best for racing and training. It is also one of the hosts of the annual cross-country skiing world cup, so getting there around December will mean you'll have a chance to see the best in the world.

Snow Park - In keeping with the rest of the resort, the half-pipes, jumps and rails at the snow park are not too extreme. Located in amongst the gentler runs near the resort centre, it's a great place to develop your tricks and skills in a safe environment.

Randonee (ski touring) - Guided ski touring groups into Beitostølen's huge backcountry area are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Skin up to find untouched lines and then ski your way back to the resort for dinner.

Cat-skiing - Available for private groups through Jotunheimen Mountaineering.

Where to Stay in Beitostølen

Beitostølen's compact ski-in ski-out village is another feature which makes the resort ideal for families. With the accommodation centred around the base of the slopes with the chairlifts and ski school just outside your door, you won't have to worry about long treks to and from the ski area for the kids.

The resort has a good range of high-quality hotels, log cabins and cosy apartments as well as an excellent family-friendly hotel.

The latest addition to the resort and an excellent premium self-catering option is the 4*+ Riddergaarden Apartments. All the modern apartments are well-equipped with full kitchens and are all furnished to a very high standard. Boasting the best ski-in-ski-out location in Beitostølen, the rental shops, lift and ski school meeting spot are right on your doorstep and the jungle-themed spa featuring indoor and outdoor pools will keep you relaxed when you’re not skiing.

Riddergaarden Apartments - Exterior Winter
The Riddergaarden Apartment's are new for the winter 2023/24 season!

If luxury is paramount and you want a hotel that’s the complete package the 4* Radisson Blu Resort is the hotel for you. The largest accommodation and the hub of the Beitostølen, this popular hotel offers a central location just across the road from the ski lifts and a range of facilities to keep both parents and kids entertained. On-site facilities include a 25 metre indoor pool, children's playroom, sauna and squash court, two bars, games room with fireplace and pool table and a restaurant serving a range of Scandinavian and international dishes.

If you want convenient access to the slopes but don't need all the amenities of a luxury accommodation, the 3* Bergo Cabins and 3* Bergo Apartments are a brilliant alternative. Both are in a prime location without the premium price tag and a snowball’s throw away from the supermarket and the ski lift. Would you prefer a cosy cabin with a sauna or spacious apartments with modern touches? The choice is yours!

Bergo Cabins Exterior
For the greatest convenience and affordability, the The Bergo Cabins (pictured) or Bergo Apartments should be your first choice

For something in between and ideal for families, the 4* Riddertunet apartments have two to three bedroom apartments which tick every box for family-friendly convenience with the chairlifts and ski school just a few minutes walk away. It’s also the place to stay for the best views in Beitostølen, with each room featuring a west-facing terrace overlooking the valley.

To get the most authentic Norwegian experience, there's no better place than the very first accommodation in Beitostølen, the 3* Hovi Cabins. The ever-popular cosy cabins are named after the family that founded the resort, who still own and run it to this day!

Where to Eat & Drink in Beitostølen

Although a small village, there are plenty of options for a week of dining and drinking around. The pubs can get very lively with live bands at weekends!

Restaurants and cafes

Heimatt CateringPassionate about local food, brothers Erling and Øyvind deliver outstanding Norwegian dishes at the fine-dining restaurant in Beitostølen.

Casa Montagna Italian Restaurant - A cosy Italian restaurant with a fine selection of wines.

Rustic Restaurant - A restaurant with a focus on homemade food right at the base of the slopes.

Peppes Pizza - Eat in, take-out and delivery pizza in the village centre. Open 12pm - 11pm most days.

Lodge 900 - Stone oven baked pizzas, a large wine and cocktail list and a la carte menu, all with stunning views.

Cafeen Tapasbar - At the foot of the slopes, the cafe serves drinks and tapas and makes a handy meeting spot.

Tappen Bar & Restaurant - Located in the heart of Beitostølen, here you can enjoy a good rustic lunch menu.

Stølen Bakeri & Café - Superb bakery offering delicious pastries, bread and great coffee.

Jotunstogo - Slopeside cafe serving a variety of food and drinks. It also has a children's playroom making it perfect for families.

Chen's Beijing House - Chinese restaurant offering eat-in and takeaway.

RadissonBLU restaurant in the Radisson Blu Resort - Scandinavian and international dishes, three-course dinners available.


Pubs and bars

LobbyBar1 at the Radisson BluSnug bar with indoor and outdoor seating and a pool table.

Svingen Pub - Claims to be Beitostølen's best afterski. Live music every weekend.

Bryggerihuset - The only Brewdog bar in Norway with a host of ales, IPAs and larger.

Activities in Beitostølen

Beitostølen’s not just about the skiing, the resort provides a true winter experience. There’s a full activity programme on offer, from the hair-raising to the more sedate.

Snow Rafting - Jump into an inflatable raft and slide down the half a kilometre track! Great fun for everyone over 7. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional hot drink around the fire. Our team tried this and loved it!

A group enjoys the thrill of snowrafting
Snowrafting is a bit like white water rafting, just on snow...

Dog-sledding - Let huskies carry you across the winter wonderland. You can even experience being a musher for the day and learn how to take care of your pack.

Guided Ice Fishing - Go full Scandinavian and catch your dinner beneath the ice. A chance for everyone to learn the basic skills and hopefully catch some fresh fish.

Snowkiting and Kiteboarding - Explore the winter terrain in a totally exhilarating way and try out snowkiting or kite boarding where you let the wind do the work as you ski or board.

Horse Riding - Just a few minutes' drive from Beitostølen is the Myhre Gård farm offering a range of horseback rides from half to a full day and even at night! Explore the resort on horseback on a magical journey through the snow.

Ridderbadet SpaFor the best well-being experience in Beitostølen, head to the Riddergaarden Apartments. Treat yourself to a host of Scandinavian treatments or swim through the indoor pool to the outdoor section and breathe in the refreshing mountain air whilst taking in the mountain scenery. Children are welcome within specific hours and it's payable on arrival.

Beitostølen horse riding
Horse riding, pony trekking and caring for animals on the Myhre Gård farm is a lovely addition to your ski holiday

Air Boarding - Grab yourself an inflatable board and lie on your stomach, you end up going surprisingly fast! Your instructor will be there to help, showing you how to turn using your weight.

Snowmobiling - A great place to try skidooing for the first time with a 700m track designed to be fast and fun with challenges. Running on Thursdays throughout the winter. There is also a children’s snowmobile for ages 6-12.

Snowshoeing - Enjoy the great outdoors of snowy Norway. Whether it’s taking a guided tour or just renting the shoes, it’s a great way to experience nature.

Toboganning - Fly down the slopes in a way that is simpler to master. Tobogganing is a great addition to any ski holiday.

Evening Bumboarding - Fantastic to entertain the kids - and arguably the parents too - at the end of a good day’s skiing. Thursdays at 8pm - book at the ski school office.

Kids in Beitostølen

Accommodation - Pretty much all of the accommodation options you'll find in Beitostølen are well suited to families, and being so close to the slopes, you won't have to worry about the kids tiring on long walks to and from the ski area.

Children's playground - Bamsebakken, the children's ski playground at the bottom of the slopes, is a safe place for the kids to develop their skiing skills at their own pace.

Kids' ski lessons - Beitostølen offers a mix of private and group lessons for children. The children's ski school is suitable for all ages and all levels of ability - and they have some fun levels which the kids can progress up through, from 'snow mouse' for youngsters who have never skied, to 'wolf' for kids who can parallel ski on all runs.

Kids ski lesson in Beitostølen
Experienced instructors deliver lessons that are fun and educational

Kids' activities - Many of the non-ski activities in Beitostølen are fantastic for children. Youngsters can try ski cross for a taste of off-piste in a safe environment, go tobogganing or frolic about in the 17-acre winter playland.

Winter Playland - Beitostølen's Winter Playland offers young kids the chance to let off steam and play away from the ski slopes.


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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

December - May
Nearest airport
Flight time
2 hours
Direct flight
Heathrow, Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Aberdeen
Transfer time
3 hours 30 minutes
Vertical drop
1095 ft
Avg snowfall
5 ft
Ski area
450 acres
Ski lifts
5% advanced 35% intermediates 60% beginners