Skiing in Norway:

What you need to know for your family ski trip

Norway is a fantastic ski holiday destination, as anyone who has been there is sure to confirm, and families are especially well catered for. If Norway isn’t somewhere you’ve thought about before, you might have a few questions about what to expect and how to make the most out of your time. The experts over at skiNorway have shared some of the questions they get asked most often, and the answers, to help you prepare for you family ski trip to Norway.

Is Norway a good place to take my family skiing?

Yes. In fact, we think you’d be hard pressed to find somewhere better. Short flights, great ski schools, quiet slopes and family friendly hotels and apartments make Norway a stand out favourite destination for families.

Is it dark all the time in Norway?

No. The most popular ski resorts in Norway are in the south of the country and don’t experience 24-hour night around the winter solstice. In the most popular family ski resorts in December and January the days are 6-7 hours long, plenty of time for a full days skiing. By February the days are longer than in the UK, and by March and April you’ll be reminded of summer evenings around the BBQ, as it doesn’t reach full dark until after 10pm.

Is Norway very cold all the time?

Average temperatures are just a few degrees cooler than you would expect in the Alps, but you should dress sensibly. Predicting the temperature is a bit trickier than the length of the day, especially in the mountains. Just like we’d suggest for a holiday in the Alps, you should make sure you pack your thermals as well as your sunglasses and suncream.

When is the best time to travel to Norway?

It depends on you and your family, and what kind of holiday you would prefer. Christmas and New Year are a magical time: there is stunning sunset and sunrise skiing and guaranteed snow, while temperatures do generally reach their coldest at this time of year. February Half Term is usually a great combination of snow conditions and milder temperatures. Easter can be the quietest skiing conditions, plus there is a great chance of lovely sunny weather and the snow is still guaranteed, perfect for beginner skiers and young families.

What do I need to take on a skiing holiday to Norway?

You should check with your tour operator for this one, as some holidays have gear included and different resorts have different equipment available to rent. Generally, you’ll need good thermals and fleece layers, an insulated, waterproof jacket and trousers, goggles, gloves, ski socks and a scarf/snood. Find out if there’s a pool/gym/sauna at your accommodation for extras. Indoors is kept very warm, so you can generally wear what you would do at home when you’re inside.

Skis, snowboards, boots, ski poles and helmets can generally all be hired in resort and you can book these in advance for ease on arrival. Ski passes are usually free for children under 7yrs, so long as they’re wearing a helmet to make sure everyone is safe.

Is Norway expensive?

On the whole ski resorts in Norway are no more expensive than many of the most popular resorts in the Alps. The hotels themselves are generally better value for money in Norway, and for the same budget you can generally get a better hotel in a Norwegian ski resort than you would in the Alps. Eating and drinking out can feel expensive if you’re new to skiing (and not used to the inflated prices elsewhere in Europe); you can expect somewhere between £10-30 for a main meal depending on where you go and what you choose. You can have a cosy and cheap family lunch by using one of the Varmstua (Warm cabins) which are public picnic areas where you’re allowed to bring your own food and drink. Some have cafés with snacks and drinks that are generally well priced.

Alcohol is heavily taxed and the prices reflect this. In a bar or restaurant a pint of regular strength lager will set you back at £7-9, and bottles of wine start around £30. If you think you’ll fancy a drink on your holiday, the cheapest way to do it is to make like a local and head to the extensive duty free in the baggage collection hall at the airport.

If you have any other questions, want more details, or would like to find out more about a holiday in Norway, why not contact skiNorway today. You can email them at or give them a call on 0207 199 6010.

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