Cross country skiing at Venabu

Venabu Fjellhotell lies in the middle of the Venabygdsfjell plateau, south of the Rondane National park, 78kms north of Lillehammer. Venabygdsfjellet has an excellent snow record with fantastic nature, a stable climate & great cross country skiing trails. We have more than 140 kms of marked & prepared trails in varied mountain terrain with summits up to 1400m. The area is one of the best in Norway for cross country skiing, for beginners, families and experienced skiers.

The skiing starts on our doorstep! 

Venabu offers Cross Country Ski Guiding

We run a cross country ski guiding programme every week during the winter from the 14th December 2019 until 18th April 2020 (except for our Vintersportsuka 28th March - 4th April), visit our guiding page for more information. Our guiding programme has tours to suit every kind of skier from beginners to experienced skiers, on track and our advanced off track Ski Safari holidays, including our new Gudbrandsdalen Ski Experience.

Venabu Cross Country Ski Lessons and Courses

  • Learn to cross country ski
  • Develop your uphill and downhill technique to feel more confident
  • Enjoy your skiing more
  • Improve your technique to become more efficient (use less energy) and have more fun on your skis
  • Try skating for the first time or develop your skate technique.

    Venabu offers cross country ski lessons with our qualified nordic ski instructors.

Cross country ski skills course - Become a Better Skier!

Our week-long cross country ski course where you will receive top-level ski coaching, movement skills coaching and have fun so that by the end of the week you Become a Better Skier! Our innovative course will suit cross country skiers who enjoy learning and playing on their skis and have a foundation of cross country ski technique. We create a friendly, social, holiday atmosphere to support learning.

For more information visit our Become a Better Skier course page or contact Joy O'Flanagan:

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Venabu Ski Rental

For information on ski rental please follow the the link to the skistall. We have a large stock of skis, boots, snowshoes and pulk for rent.

Most of our rental skis are wider, more stable nordic skis with metal edges. We find that these better suit our guests here.

We do also have lighter track skis for hire.

Venabygdsfjellet Cross Country Ski Trail Map

Skisporet shows live maps of the cross country ski tracks close to Venabu and how recently they have been cut, useful information for planning your tour each day. Tracks are cut every day (weather allowing) and there is a weekly schedule of track cutting. The 'Central Area' is cut every day that the track machines are out. Our network of tracks is so large that it is not possible to cut every track every day which makes the information available in the Skistall or on Skisporet invaluable.

We also post daily ski waxing information in the skistall and our expert ski tech is on hand every morning to give you the most up to date advice.

The Skisporet page is on the Norwegian version of our site however it is still easy to use for non Norwegian speakers. 


We have started a series of blog posts with answers to 'Frequently Asked Questions'. First up 'What to wear for cross country skiing in Norway'

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