A private bus is sent from our hotel to Oslo Airport who collects all clients and transfers to Venabu (3hrs) in time for dinner.
Day 2 - 7
We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. When choosing routes, the leader's priority will be to take in a variety of scenery and to ensure that participants become better and more confident skiers as the week progresses.
The hotel will provide two to three ski representatives each week (depending on group size) so cater for different ability levels. There will be accompanied ski tours each day, except for one day (usually Weds) which is left free for independent exploration or optional activities such as dogsledding or tobogganing (pay locally). Ski tours are shared with clients from the Venabu Fjellhotel, all are optional, and you can swap groups mid-week as you progress.
Beginners will spend the first two mornings (usually Sun and Mon) learning the principles of gliding on snow and the basic cross-country techniques such as the snowplough. Similarly, intermediates usually spend the first couple of mornings getting their ski legs back and brushing up on their skills. Once everyone is feeling confident on snow and has been grouped by ability level, you will start to explore further afield. Over the remaining skiing days your ski rep will choose the best areas based on the current snow conditions, and you will be able to choose whether to ski in the silver birch woods or the open snowscape. Ski tours will be tailored to the preferences of the group and adapted to suit snow and weather conditions.
Certain weeks include extra beginner tuition in the afternoons of the first two days, and from 22nd February 2014 onwards ski safaris for advanced skiers will also be available (Mon-Fri). The days are longer at this time of year, allowing us to ski for up to 6-8hours a day, venturing off-track and to more remote locations.
After breakfast, we transfer to Oslo Airport.