Some of Britain’s biggest tour operators are introducing new Norwegian skiing options to their line-up for the winter 2014 season. And it’s Scandinavia that’s grabbing most of the headlines.
Crystal and Thomson are offering skiing holidays in Beitostølen, Geilo (pictured) and Hemsedal, with flights from the UK to Fagernes Airport. The resorts have good snow records, offer varied terrain and family-friendly facilities. The companies are part of TUI, which says it’s been able to use its buying power to help deal with one of the traditional problems of a Norwegian holiday – the expense. It’s promising good value half-board options and inexpensive self-catering cabins and apartments.
Located within the Jotunheimen National Park, Beitostølen has an efficient lift network, English-speaking ski instructors and confidence-building slopes suitable for families, beginners and early intermediates. Children can enjoy a variety of activities, including Ski Fun Land and mini-snowmobiles.
The traditional village of Geilo is one of the best known of the Norwegian ski resorts, located in the heart of Norway’s ski region and with ski areas on both sides of the valley. The resort offers 40 pistes, mainly aimed at beginners and intermediates, five terrain parks and more than 220km of cross country skiing trails.
Known for being one of the biggest ski areas in Norway, Hemsedal has an excellent snow record and some fine terrain parks, with two half pipes. Up to 50% of the resort is covered by snow-making facilities in case the real stuff dries up. It’s another family-friendly resort with good facilities for children and beginners.