Myrkdalen Resort Guide

Insider tips from our team

Why Myrkdalen?

Ten things we love about Myrkdalen

 

  1. Snow - Myrkdalen receives some of the highest snowfall in Europe. The snow here is dry and light, making it nice and soft to learn on and great for off-piste.
  2. Kids aged 6 and under ski for free - So long as they wear a helmet, children under seven can ski for free. This makes Myrkdalen a very affordable option for family ski holidays.
  3. Uncrowded, even in peak weeks - Very different from the Alps, Myrkdalen has quiet slopes with rarely any lift queues. This makes the skiing feel safer, more enjoyable and means you can really maximise your ski time.
  4. Polite, English-speaking locals - With impeccably good English, Norwegians are some of the most proficient English speakers outside Britain and America. We always find that the locals are particularly polite, helpful and good humoured.
  5. Close enough for a weekend - After a two-hour direct flight from London Gatwick it’s roughly the same again by road. This makes Myrkdalen a good choice for short breaks and weekends, as well as stress-free weeks.
  6. Myrkdalen is a fantastic place to learn to ski/ride off-piste - There is plenty of easily accessible and safe terrain near the lifts. For the more experienced and adventurous, there are extensive touring opportunities in the mountains around Myrkdalen. To arrange a guide, just ask a member of our team for details. Call us on 01273 224068.
  7. Myrkdalen is only 30 minutes away from the famous Nærøy Fjord - A UNESCO World Heritage Site. This stunning saltwater Fjord is surrounded by huge cliffs and majestic mountains. Speak to one of our specialists to discuss your visit.
  8. Slope-side accommodation - The Myrkdalen Hotel is located right at the bottom of the mountain. True ski in/out skiing.
  9. Long season - Myrkdalen’s long season runs from early December through till early May. Even at the end of the season, it is still possible to find fantastic conditions.
  10. Easy to reach - An easy two hour and 20-minute transfer from Bergen airport. Direct flights from Gatwick, Aberdeen and Liverpool. Indirect flights are available from most regional airports.

The Skiing

The slopes

This is a new resort with modern infrastructure. The first ski lift opened back in 2003. Since then the resort has steadily grown with continued plans to add something new every year. The latest addition is a six-seater express chair lift opening up more terrain to explore.

Where Myrkdalen excels is in its confidence-building slopes. First timers will find their feet in no time, allowing them to enjoy the whole mountain experience. Intermediates will love the wide open spaces and quiet slopes, giving them the chance to pick their own line at their own pace.

For more experienced skiers there's a wonderful playground of vast off-piste and backcountry adventures awaiting. It draws back powder skiers time after time.

 

Off-piste in Myrkdalen

The long season and high annual snowfall make Myrkdalen an excellent place to try your hand at off-piste. For more experienced skiers and snowboarders, there are endless touring and hiking opportunities to access some fresh powder. There is also an avalanche training area in resort and courses are available to those who would like to develop their backcountry skills. We always recommend hiring a guide.

Ski school

Myrkdalen has a fantastic ski school of highly qualified instructors. Myrkdalen Ski School offers private and group lessons at all levels in alpine skiing, snowboard, park, telemark, cross-country skiing and sitski.

Fjords and Mountains

Western Norway is home to numerous fjords making it one of the longest coastlines in the world. The area is of outstanding natural beauty and magnificent geology. Formed in the Ice Age, the area has many waterfalls and cliffs as well as the famous fjords.

Myrkdalen is one of the few easily accessible resorts tucked away in Western Norway. The route to the resort follows sea level fjords, making the journey a real experience without the winding roads that you find elsewhere. The road itself follows part of the famous Oslo Bergen Railway taking you side by side with one of the best rail journeys in the world. 

Once you are in resort you are indulged by stunning mountains all around. A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the views as you ski.

To see more of the fjords, journey through them by boat and train and stay in Flåm on a Ski & Fjord Explorer Ski Safari. Or for the more adventurous, ski the epic backcountry terrain in the region on a Freeride the Fjords Ski Safari.

Activities

Whether you want to stay in resort or travel further afield for a more unique experience, there are plenty of activities to try in Myrkdalen on and off the slopes. A few of our favourites include:

Indoor skydiving - Fly like Superman in a wind tunnel, indoor skydiving is unique, exciting and not weather dependent. This activity is great fun regardless of your previous experience and skill level, and everyone over 5 years can try the wind tunnel. Located on the outskirts of Voss which is a 30 min drive away.

Horse drawn sleigh - A great way to enjoy Myrkdalen’s scenery. Horse sleigh rides can be arranged to pick you up from the hotel.

Night skiing - On Friday evenings, the lifts stay open and the runs are floodlit. Included in your lift pass.

Sledging - The slope in front of the hotel is lit at night and is perfect for sledging. Parents can sit in the warmth of the hotel and watch the children enjoying themselves.

Snowshoeing - You can hire snowshoes in Myrkdalen and head out on your own, or join an organised tour with head torches up to one of the mountain huts, where you can enjoy a hot drink under the stars and a roaring fire.

Fjord Trips - 30 mins away is the famous Nærøy Fjord where there are boat cruises, always check times for winter.

Backcountry Touring - The area in and around Myrkdalen is world class for backcountry skiers and tourers. Guided overnight trips are organised in April, please enquire for more details.

We can book some of these directly for you - speak to your tour coordinator or call us on 01273 224063.

Maps

Resort Map

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Trail map

Resort Map route map

Resort Stats

Season
December to May
Nearest airport
Bergen
Flight time
2 hours
Direct flight
Yes
Transfer time
From 1 hour 45 minutes
Transport
Transfer or car hire
Elevation
460 - 1,060 metres
Vertical drop
610 metres
Avg snowfall
5.2 metres
Ski lifts
9
Runs
22
Grade
20% advanced 50% intermediates 30% beginners
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