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Learn to Backcountry Ski in Rondane (Norway)

Discover backcountry skiing with private guiding from comfortable lodge base and overnight expedition to mountain cabin

  • Guided
  • Easy-Medium
  • From £/person
  • Jan-Apr, 5 days/5 nights
  • Adults (min. age 15), Groups, Solo

Highlights:

  • Daily ski tours with private guide
  • Cosy, family-run accommodation with restaurant meals
  • Overnight expedition to mountain cabin
  • Ski equipment and local transfers included
  • No previous experience required
  • Just 3.5 hours by train from Oslo

Description »

A private backcountry ski adventure for 1-6 persons

Keen to discover the adventure and freedom of backcountry skiing while enjoying a good night's sleep, home-cooked food and breathtaking scenery? Based in the beautiful Rondane region and easily accessible by train from Oslo, Learn to Backcountry Ski in Rondane is suitable both for guests with previous downhill or cross country skiing experience and, as a private itinerary, even for complete ski novices.

Over three days of skiing in the company of your own private guide - one day tour from the lodge and an overnight expedition to mountain cabin - you will gain the skills you need to do longer and more challenging tours, while enjoying the comfort of the lodge and the spectacular mountain scenery of Rondane.

All equipment and transfers for your stay as well as full board are included. The experience is available to book as just one person for a very exclusive tour or for small groups of up to 6 persons, with flexible dates between late January and mid-April.

Landscape of Rondane

There's no shortage of beautiful scenery to admire as you develop your backcountry skiing skills. Photo: RRL.

Private guiding and instruction tailors the experience to your needs

The itinerary features three days of guided backcountry skiing with your own private guide, who will be able to offer your their full attention and benefit of their expertise and local knowledge.

On Day 2, for your first day of skiing you will head up to the plateau for an introductory day tour of around four hours (approx. 10km), offering a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding wilderness as you try skiing both on and off trails. After lunch out on the trail, you return to the lodge in the evening.

Meals at the lodge in Rondane

This private experience is available for groups of 1-6 persons. Photo: Terje Rakke.

Day 3 and Day 4 are an overnight expedition to mountain cabin, offering an exciting "point-to-point" element to your adventure and giving you the opportunity to further develop your backcountry skiing technique and confidence.

If you wish, you can arrange to try skiing with a pulk as part of your tour - ideal if you are using the experience as a stepping stone to one of our longer and more challenging backcountry ski expeditions.

Mountain cabin for overnight expedition

On Day 3, you will head out for an overnight expedition to mountain cabin. Photo: RRL.

Typical distances covered will be 8-14 km per day, but can be adapted to offer the best possible experience depending on weather conditions and the ability of the group. There are a number of mountain cabin locations which may be used for the overnight expedition, offering considerable flexibility. The mountain cabin offer simpler facilities, with shared sleeping accommodation and dry outside toilet.

A warm welcome in the heart of the Norwegian mountains

The adventure of backcountry skiing and the world-class scenery of Rondane will no doubt be highlights of your trip, but you may well find the warm hospitality and cosiness of the lodge are an equally treasured memory.

For your three nights at the lodge, you will stay in comfortable, hotel-standard rooms with en-suite facilities, with three-course dinner served in the restaurant in the evening. With home-cooked meals, prepared as far as possible from local ingredients, mealtimes will be a real feature of your stay.

lodge accommodation for your stay in Rondane

Nestled in the valley surrounded by mountains, the lodge offers a comfortable and welcoming base for your tour. Photo: RRL.

The family-run lodge offers a very personal atmosphere for guests, with a common room to gather around the fire in the evening, socialise with other guests at the lodge and relax after the exertions of the day. On return from your overnight ski tour on Day 4, a relaxing sauna experience awaits you. You can even add a hot tub session as optional extra! Are you brave enough for a roll in the snow?

Lean to Backcountry Ski in Rondane combines adventure, comfort and the chance to learn a new skill, all set in a majestic mountain landscape in one of Norway's premier backcountry ski touring regions.

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Itinerary »

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive by train to Atna, where you will be met for transfer (approx. 30 mins) to the lodge.

You will have access to your room from 15.00. Time for arrival transfer can be flexible depending on your travel plans, but we recommend arriving Atna latest 18.00 in order to be at the lodge in time to have dinner that evening.

Check in to your room before relaxing for your first evening in Rondane. A three-course dinner is served in the lodge restaurant. There is also a relaxation and socialising area with books, games, and bar service available.

When ready, retire to your comfortable room to look forward to some skiing tomorrow.

Accommodation: Private room at the lodge with en-suite shower/WC. Meals: Dinner.

Day 2: Backcountry skiing day tour in Rondane

After breakfast, you will meet to be fitted for your ski equipment before a short vehicle transfer up to the plateau for the day's skiing - this will be a wonderful introduction to backcountry skiing in the Rondane region, with beautiful views in all directions.

Distance and level of challenge is flexible, but you will usually do to a tour of about four hours, stopping at one of the mountain cabins to enjoy your packed lunch prepared from the breakfast buffet.

Today gives you the opportunity to ski both on prepared trails and "off-track", where backcountry skis really come into the their own. Terrain is flat or undulating without significant ascents or descents, but there will of course be some ups and downs.

Your guide will be happy to offer tips and advice to improve your technique.

Your return to the lodge in the afternoon to relax, stretch out those tired muscles in front of the fire, order a craft beer from the bar and look forward to dinnertime!

Accommodation: Private room at the lodge with en-suite shower/WC. Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. Skiing distance: Flexible (typically around 10km over 4 hours including lunch break).

Day 3: Overnight ski expedition to mountain cabin

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, it's time to head to the mountains for your overnight expedition to put what you learned the day before into practice and continue building your confidence and improving your technique.

Depending on weather conditions and the level of challenge appropriate, there are a number of possible options for your ski tour - whichever route you take, the scenery will be spectacular!

You will normally be heading to one of the cabins operated by the Norwegian Trekking Association, which operates a network of simple but comfortable cabins in the mountains, heated by wood-burning stove with outdoor toilet and shared sleeping accommodation in bunk beds.

Accommodation: Shared sleeping rooms at mountain cabin; Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, simpler dinner; Skiing distance: Flexible (usually 8-14km depending on accommodation location).

Day 4: Ski tour returning to the lodge

You will normally take a different route today as you head out from the mountain cabin accommodation to make your way back.

On return to the lodge, dinner and a sauna await to welcome you back from the mountains. Congratulations on completing your overnight expedition! You should now be well on the way to developing your skills as a backcountry skier.

Accommodation: Private room at the lodge with en-suite shower/WC, sauna available. Meals: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner. Skiing distance: Flexible (usually 9-14km depending on accommodation location for previous night).

Day 5: Departure

If you're leaving today, your time in Rondane is drawing to a close. After breakfast, you will be transferred to Atna train station for onward travel - but you'll have many memories to take with you on the journey home!

Please check out of your room by 11.00. Time for departure transfer is flexible depending on your travel plans, but you should plan earliest train departure from Atna at 10.00.

Alternatively, why not extend your stay with an extra night or two? Ice fishing is available to add as optional extra activity for this day, and snowshoeing or other activities are possible to arrange locally on request. Please see "Dates and Prices > Optional Extras" for details.

Meals: Breakfast.

Dates & Prices»

Dates 2025

Start days flexible by arrangement during the following periods:

  • From arrival 31st January to departure 25th February,
  • From arrival 9th March to departure 9th April.

This experience is not offered during the period 26th February-8th March.

Prices 2025

Standard Prices (per person) 
As 1 personGBP
As 2 persons sharing roomGBP
As 3 persons sharing roomGBP

For other arrangements (such as 3 persons requiring separate rooms or for groups of more than 3 persons), please contact us for price information.

Optional extras (see description below) 
Hot tub on sauna eveningGBP
  
Extra night (as 1 person)GBP
Extra night (per person as 2 persons sharing room)GBP
Extra night (per person as 2 persons sharing room)GBP
  
Guided ice fishing on extra day (base price for 1 person)GBP
Guided ice fishing on extra day (each extra person)GBP
  
Pulk for ski tour, per day (pay locally)NOK
  • Hot tub: Make the included sauna evening even more magical with the addition of outdoor hot tub. There's nothing like the feeling of relaxing in soothing hot water while gazing at the stars and the mountains surrounding you!
  • Extra night(s): You are welcome to extend your stay with extra night(s) at the lodge. Price includes room and full board (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner). Ice fishing is available to add as optional activity for this day. Hire of snowshoes, guided snowshoe activities or additional activities such as musk ox safari and dog sledding are also available to arrange locally.
  • Guided ice fishing on extra day: If you are extending your stay with additional night(s), this 3-hour guided ice fishing experience is a wonderful extra activity. You will be taken to the lake where, together with your guide, you will drill a hole in the ice and be shown how to use the ice fishing equipment to try your luck for a catch! Includes wilderness lunch. Fishing licence must be purchased separately on arrival (approx. 130 NOK/person).
Ice fishing as optional activity

Ice fishing is an ideal activity if you are staying extra day(s) at the lodge. Photo: RRL.

  • Pulk: If you wish to try skiing with a pulk during your tour, equipment is available to hire locally at the lodge. The overnight expedition on Day 3/Day 4 will usually be the most appropriate time to practise using a pulk. Please specify in advance if you wish to hire pulk (can also be arranged locally subject to availability).
Pulk available to use during the tour

You may wish to practise using a pulk during your ski tour. Photo: RRL.

What's Included »

Included

Accommodation:

NB: Skiing activities during the experience are private with your own guide. There will of course be other guests staying at the lodge and in the mountain cabin.

  • Days 1, 2 and 4: Private superior single, double or triple room (for one, two or three persons) with en-suite WC/shower. Use of sauna is included on Day 4. Luggage can be left in the room when on the overnight expedition.
  • Day 3: Shared sleeping accommodation in mountain cabin (usually with bunk beds, sleeping room shared with other members of your group or other users of the mountain cabin as appropriate). Cabin used for overnight expedition will vary depending on weather conditions and ability of the participants but are usually part of the Norwegian Trekking Association network. Standard of accommodation is simple but comfortable, usually with dry outside toilet and heated with wood-burning stove. Cabin may have simple electricity (e.g. solar panels) for lighting, etc.
Accommodation at the lodge

Dining and social areas at the lodge (Days 1, 2 and 4). Photos: RRL.

Accommodation at the lodge

Accommodation at the lodge (Days 1, 2 and 4). Bottom photos show sauna. Photos: RRL.

Example mountain cabin accommodation during the tour

Example mountain cabin accommodation (Day 3). There are a number of possible cabin locations which may be used. Photos: RRL/Nature Travels.

Meals:

  • 4 x breakfast (Days 2-5)
  • 3 x lunch (Days 2-4). Packed lunch is made from the breakfast buffet at the lodge for Day 2 and Day 3 and from breakfast provisions at mountain cabin Day 4.
  • 4 x dinner (Days 1-4). Dinner on Day 1, Day 2 and Day 4 is 3-course dinner served in the dining room at the lodge. Dinner Day 3 is simpler dinner at the mountain cabin.
Food at the lodge

There is a focus on home-cooked food and local ingredients during your stay. Photos: RRL.

You may also wish to bring some snacks (chocolate, dried fruit) for additional energy when skiing. Some items are available to purchase at the lodge if required.

Instruction, Guiding and Equipment:

  • Guided backcountry ski tour (approx. 4 hours) Day 2.
  • Guided backcountry ski tour to mountain cabin Days 3-4 (daily distance approx. 8-14km depending on accommodation location and ability of the participants).
  • Your guide will provide advice on improving your ski technique as necessary during the tour.
  • Hire of backcountry ski equipment (skis, boots, poles, climbing skins) Days 2-4. Hire of pulk can be arranged locally on request if you wish to practise using a pulk when skiing.

Transfers:

  • Transfer (approx. 30 mins) on arrival and departure between Atna train station and the lodge.
  • Local tranfers as required to/from the start/end points for skiing.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase at the accommodation).

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

Recommended minimum age 15 years. Younger guests (min. age 12) with suitable fitness and outdoor experience may also be possible by arrangement. You should have general good health and fitness and be used to the outdoors.

Some previous experience of skiing (downhill or cross country skiing) or other winter activities is an advantage but is not essential.

However, backcountry skiing can be physically demanding and it requires a little courage as a complete novice when going downhill. There is the possibility to change to snowshoes as a backup should this be required, though of course the intention is that the tours will be done using backcountry skis.

As a private experience, the level of challenge of the tour can be very flexible to adapt to the needs and level of the participants and the distances covered can be extended or shortened as appopriate. There are different options possible for the expedition to mountain cabin Day 3/Day 4 to be able to vary the skiing distance and level of challenge.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

This is a fully guided experience and features comfortable, hotel-standard accommodation for three nights of the tour, with meals served in the lodge restaurant. Accommodation for night in mountain cabin is simple but comfortable.

As a private experience, there is no fixed minimum distance to cover and the level of challenge of the skiing days can be adapted to the needs of the participants. The terrain is mostly fairly flat or undulating without significant height loss/gain required during the tours, though there will be some uphill and downhill sections.

This is a multi-day outdoor experience in winter and weather conditions in the mountains may be variable. The skiing terrain can be exposed and backcountry skiing can be physically challenging, especially for novice skiers gaining confidence and improving technique.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

There is no minimum required for this experience. You are welcome to book as a solo traveller (note that price depends on number of persons in the group and also on room sharing arrangements).

Groups

This experience is ideal for groups of up to six persons - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy. The accommodation is traditional, small scale and family owned and is Green Key certified.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Oslo for train (3.5 hours with one change) to Atna, from where transfer to/from the start/end point (approx. 30 mins) is included.

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