Cross country skiing at Venabu

The area  around Venabu Fjellhotell is one of the best in Norway for cross country skiing: for beginners, families and experienced skiers. 

We have more than 140 kms of marked & prepared trails in varied mountain terrain with summits up to 1400m. This plateau, Venabygdsfjellet, has an excellent snow record with fantastic nature, a stable climate & great cross-country skiing tracks. 

Venabu Fjellhotell lies in the middle of the Venabygdsfjellet plateau, on the southern edge of the Rondane National park. We are 78kms north of Lillehammer and easily accessible from Oslo and Trondheim.

The skiing starts on our doorstep! 

Venabu offers Guided Cross Country Ski Tours

We run a programme of guided cross country ski tours every week during the winter, from the 20th December 2020 until 9th April 2021. Visit our ski 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 and feel more confident
  • 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!

On our week-long cross country ski course you will receive top-level ski coaching, movement skills coaching and have fun so that, by the end of the week, we promise you will 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.

Cross Country Ski Trail Map for Venabygdsfjellet

The network of cross country ski tracks around Venabu is shown on Skisporet. It is a live system showing up to date track preparation: useful information for planning your tour each day.

Tracks are prepared, or cut, every day - weather allowing. There is a weekly schedule of track cutting. Our track network is so large that it is not possible to cut everything every day, which makes the information available in the Skistall or on Skisporet invaluable. The 'Central Area' is cut everyday that the track machines are out.

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 easily understood.


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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