Skiing with Crystal Ski in Beitostølen, Norway

Norway in February has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth, particularly Beitostølen, a small village three and a half hours north of Oslo, which is a winter wonderland. The snow is thick and deep and every corner you turn is filled with a magical landscape, like it’s never been touched and just waiting to be discovered.

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Beitostølen is a small mountain community which is so welcoming to outsiders – full of Norwegian hospitality and good spirits with traditional red buildings and hillsides of wooden lodges set against a backdrop of frozen lakes and trees heavy with snow.

There’s plenty to keep the visitor occupied in this village with a tapas bar, Chinese takeaway, American style restaurant and a fantastic pizzeria, a couple of small supermarkets, a few ski wear shops, gift shop and not a huge amount more. Because of this it retains more authenticity than some of the larger resorts. It was also small enough that the children made firm friends, as did we, and it was lovely bumping in to friendly faces to have a chat and catch up with how everyone was getting on.

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I fell in love with this little ski resort which really is the absolute best place for beginner or intermediate skiers to get on the slopes and find their ski mojo. Apart from anything it was so quiet when we visited with sometimes empty slopes and never a queue for the chair lifts. It’s somewhere not to feel rushed or crowded and to be able to really enjoy the views and calm.

We are a family that, before Norway, were growing to love skiing. We’d visited the French Alps last year and the children had taken a couple of lessons. They certainly couldn’t ski, could just about stand up and glide a few feet unaided, but loved the idea of it and were keen to learn.

The ski school here was fantastic with a gentle Norwegian touch that was both encouraging and reassuring. It was an environment my children absolutely thrived in and were desperate to ski there at every opportunity.

With an hour and a half of ski school every morning they absolutely shone and by the end of the week were confident enough to take the ski lifts to the top of the surrounding hills and weave their way to the bottom with their classes. It was fantastic to watch them grow in confidence and really quite emotional to see them mastering skiing in a way I could only dream of.

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Beitostølen is a small town and we stayed in the Stølstunet apartments. As with everything when you travel with Crystal Ski it was all pre-booked and waiting for us when we arrived. The Stølstunet apartments were perfect with all mod cons, a fantastic open-plan space for dining and relaxing and my favourite, the bathrooms with underfloor heating. It was the perfect retreat at the end of a day on the snow to come back inside, get warm and relax.

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But it was the snowy environment that called us out time and time again. Mr Globalmouse relived his teenage years skiing and spent hours out with the children, all happily taking in the views of frozen lakes and snow filled forests from the top.

I was desperate to join in but having never skied before I wasn’t sure I ever would. My first attempt was not pretty, in fact it was mildly terrifying and I ruled out a repeat, deciding I would be better off sipping the hot chocolate and taking the photographs from the sidelines. But I was persuaded to give a private lesson a go with Tor, head of the ski school at Beitostølen and ever-patient and positive as I took in gentle hills with a look of fear frozen on my face.

I’m not going to be taking part in the Winter Olympics any time soon but with Tor’s kind manner and careful teaching I found myself taking the ski lifts myself and slowly descending the nearby hills. It was exhilarating and something I’d love to spend more time nurturing. The dream of us being a family that skis together is very much alive.

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There are lots of fun activities around Beitostølen in the winter including ice fishing, husky dog sledding, snow rafting, cross-country skiing and more. We went for a swim at one of the local hotels and took walks in the beautiful frozen roads, breathing in the beautifully fresh Norwegian air and wondering if we could live there we loved it so much.

But it was the skiing that called the children back time and time again. I was so pleased as this trip for us really was about mastering this and to say the children, at ages 6 and 9 have got it is an understatement. They absolutely relished in the opportunity to ski and thrived in the ski school. They are so proud of their medals they got at the end of the week and have declared that we HAVE to come back to Beitostølen and my son said, “not for one week next time, but two!”.

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Travelling with Crystal Ski means flights, transfers and accommodation are included and you can pre book ski hire, lessons and ski passes, meaning it’s super easy when you get there. If you’re new to the slopes or looking for somewhere that is primarily about the skiing in the most magical, wonderful setting imaginable then Beitostølen is for you. This winter wonderland glows from within and we can’t wait to return.

Check out our video of our time on the slopes at Beitostølen here.


To find out more about travelling to Beitostølen, Norway with Crystalski click the link here – http://www.crystalski.co.uk/ski-resorts/norway-ski-holidays/beitostolen/

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We were guests of CrystalSki for the purposes of this review but as always all opinions are our own.

55 Responses to "Skiing with Crystal Ski in Beitostølen, Norway"

  1. mytravelmonkey  February 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

    It looks like a wonderful ski resort. We’ve wanted to try it for a while, but have been waiting for Monkey to get older… which he is now. I would never have thought of Norway but I definitely would now!

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      I really recommend Norway, I think they have a really great approach with children (and adults) and it is just so beautful!

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  2. missielizzieandmyshadow  February 23, 2016 at 9:33 am

    We are itching to go back to Norway, such a beautiful country. None of us have done skiing before, I’m not sure if I’m have enough!

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      It really is a gorgeous country isn’t it? And if I can have a go at skiing then honestly, anyone can!! I’m so not brave but really enjoyed it. Hope you get to try.

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  3. Emma (@emvanstone)  February 23, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Wow, it looks AMAZING!!

    I am a terrible skier so most definitely feel your pain there, but I’m glad you persevered. x

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you – I’m so pleased it’s not just me!! 🙂

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  4. Sonya Cisco  February 23, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Looks fabulous – and so beautiful! I would be a hopeless skier – not even sure I would be brave enough to try – so go you!! I could certainly see myself enjoying open fires and hot chocolates tho 🙂

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Thank you!! If I can (sort of) ski than everyone can!! So don’t rule it out….but nice to spend time with the hot chocolates too 😉

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  5. VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood  February 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time! I so want to build up the courage for our first ski holiday.

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      I would say ‘Go for it!!’, it really is one of those things you just have to grab the moment and it’s so worth it, especially to see the kids really loving it.

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  6. MummyTravels  February 23, 2016 at 11:17 am

    This looks gorgeous – my only two ski experiences have been in Lapland so this sounds like it would be the perfect place for me and my daughter to learn. I need to start quickly as I suspect she’ll be much better than me! What lovely snowy scenery as well.

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Oh I would love to ski in Lapland!! And yes, my kids are WAY past what I can do…typical!!

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  7. JuggleMum, Nadine Hill  February 23, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I adored the first two photos of this post – it looks so stunning there.

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Thank you – and I think it could be the most beautiful place I’ve been to…. 🙂

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  8. Sarah Ebner (@sarahjebner)  February 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    This really sounds like a wonderful holiday – and I’m so glad you got to try it too and liked it. It sounds like there will be more skiing for you all in future, so your kids will definitely be happy too!

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:41 pm

      Yes the kids can’t wait to ski again so I’m not going to be left behind 😉 Thank you!

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  9. Kara  February 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I am itching to take my skiing as I love it and we are saving to go next year once Sebby is 3 and can join in with more. Looks like you had an amazing time

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

      That’s so good you’re going into it knowing you already love it – I’m sure the kids will too – mine adored it and would go tomorrow if they could!

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  10. Sara-Jayne  February 23, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    Blue sky, white horizon – it looks like paradise! I’d love to ski one day!

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I really hope you get the chance to, it’s such an amazing sport and as you say, the views are perfect! 🙂

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  11. cvnxena  February 23, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    this looks beautiful! I am definitely not a skiier but I can definitely appreciate that view!!

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

      I wasn’t a skier either, not sure I am one now really, but never say never!! 😉 And the views really were out of this world!

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  12. gardenofdarwin  February 23, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    what an adventure – looks divine! Thanks for sharing. Terrific photos.

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:55 pm

      It really was the most amazing adventure, so much fun! Thank you!

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  13. Oana  February 23, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    Checking the link now, Nichola, Emma has been desperate to learn how to ski this year but the winter was too mild in Greece when we visited so had melted all the snow, to her disappointment. Beitostolen sounds like the absolute ideal for her and ski loving hubby.xx

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    • globalmouse  February 23, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      Oh what a shame about Greece Oana. I so recommend Beitostolen, just a fantastic environment for kids and adults, I’ve fallen in love with it. Keep checking the Crystal Ski site as well, they have some really amazing deals… x

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  14. mummyoftwo2  February 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This looks absolutely beautiful and it sounds like you had a great time. I’ve always fancied the non skiing side of a skiing holiday but not sure I’d be brave enough to actually pop on a pair myself!

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      Honestly if I can absolutely anyone can!! I hope you go for it and give it a try, you might find you love it! 🙂 Thank you for the comments.

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  15. Kerry norris  February 24, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Looks like you had a fab time. We’ve never been skiing. The first picture is simply stunning. X

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you so much! This is the first time we’ve properly been skiing and I so recommend it! It’s a great family bonding experience – even though my two oldest are so much better than I’ll ever be!!

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  16. Mum in a Nutshell (@East_Devon_Mum)  February 24, 2016 at 3:48 am

    I have never even thought of Norway for skiing but you make this sound so appealing! It’s a country I’d love to visit and with 3 adventurous boys this type of holiday really appeals (living in Devon just the thought of seeing snow is exciting enough!)

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Yes I’ve really fallen in love with Norway, I think it’s a wonderful country for giving skiing a go and the snow is pretty much guaranteed! Thank you for reading 🙂

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  17. TheMadHouse  February 24, 2016 at 9:40 am

    My boys would love to go skiing, but the husband isn’t keen at all. I also think I am too heavy at the moment

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      I was really worried I was too unfit and whilst I think it would have been better to have tried to get a bit more fit before we went it was easy to take it quite gently.

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  18. Anthea  February 24, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I love Norway although haven’t been for years. It’s not a Country I would think off to go skiing but this has given me food for thought. Looks and sounds perfect for kids

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      It was my first time in Norway and I have fallen in love with it. It’s such a wonderful place to learn to ski too, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Thank you for reading.

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  19. Kirstie  February 24, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    What a lovely post. I have considered Norway for cycling but not skiing. Looks beautiful. I particularly enjoy (but am not good at) cross country skiing. Im guessing lots of opps in Norway.

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Thank you Kirstie. Yes, lots of opportunities for cross country skiing which I would love to have a go at. We just fell in love with Norway!

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  20. Idaintyit  February 24, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Stunning photo’s, that first one is so beautiful. I went skiing every xmas as a kid and we all love it! I can’t wait till till I can take L. Looks like you guys had a great time

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    • globalmouse  March 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thank you so much! I think skiing as a family is such a wonderful thing. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  21. Shumaila jaffer  February 24, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    wow such a beautiful place and love your photography … its amazing .. but i suck at skiing …

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  22. globalmunchkins82  February 24, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Wow!! It looks like an absolutely amazing place to stay and ski. What a gem of a town. I just can’t get over all the snow on the streets. Being a native Californian I have had limited experiences in the snow. That looks like a winter wonderland to me. So happy the cater to families and that beginners can ski there. Pinning for later.

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  23. Actually Mummy  February 25, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What a lovely way to learn! I have a ski hound in my family, so I’ve never had the pleasure of a simple resort, but I love the idea of a small village with real life charm. That top photo is absolutely stunning!

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  24. Kaz & Ickle Pickle (@IcklePicklex)  February 25, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    This looks so beautiful – what an amazing place for a holiday. Your photos are stunning. Kaz x

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  25. Mummy Endeavours  February 27, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Oh my doesn’t it look absolutely stunning there! I’ve never been to a ski resort but this whole place, with the scenery, the quietness and that lovely accommodation is definitely calling my name hehe x

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  27. Mette Esbensen-Kramer  February 29, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    I would recommend it to everybody, it IS that beautiful and they also get snow early in the year, November, staying till April. Every other year the World Cup in Cross Country starts up at Beitostolen and they also host a lot of other big international events, like Biathlon or skishooting.

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  28. mummys littke blog  March 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    looks wonderful have never been skiing though i am so clumsy i feel i would have an acident

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  29. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo  March 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’m desperate to visit Norway (and am determined to get there in 2016) but somehow I never picture it for skiing.

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  30. travelingchristie  March 6, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Well done for trying again, I bet you are so glad you did. Our boys are desperate to go skiing and this resort sounds just perfect I can see why you have fallen in love with it x

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  32. Zen Babytravel  March 18, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Wow Norway! We love skiing and for years we’ve been to France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Romania! The little one made it so far to Chamonix and Poiana Brasov, but Scandinavian snows have been always on our list ! What was the temperature like? Any good apres-skiing?

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  34. aemk2015  July 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Looks and sounds lovely, how old were your kids when you started skiing?

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    • globalmouse  July 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      They had two lessons in France the year before but this year in Norway was the first time properly and they were 9 and 6….and my oldest is quite timid but he really loved skiing and now says it’s his favourite sport. The Norwegians were so gentle and encouraging….and Beitostolen was such a magical location and perfect for beginners. We all want to go back!!

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