Like migrating birds the CW family head to Venabu in Norway for Cross Country Skiing every February half term.  This year in addition to strapping on our skis in the daytime we all tried moonlight skiing for the first time.

Moonlight skiing

What do you need for moonlight skiing?  The moon, we could see its glow behind the clouds but not her face, on the upside that did make Venus glow all the brighter.  You will be pleased to hear that there are no more pictures of the dark.  The snow reflects quite a lot of light and so gliding along in the dark is not a tricky as it sounds, the silence is wonderful and I would definitely do it again, especially as we ended up in a wooden tepee drinking hot Glogg.

Venabu, Norway, Cross country skiing

Back in the daylight and out on the trails, the sun shone brightly giving magnificent views over to the Rondane mountains.  The picture book perfect mountain is called Muen.

Venabue, cross country skiing, norway

One day the cold clear skies had led to branches of the trees being festooned with masses of tiny ice crystals, my attempts at close up shots were thwarted by lack of dexterity on my skis off the main trails, so hopefully this long range shot gives an idea of the icy baubles.

Venabu, Cross country skiing, Norway

Back at the hotel, a couple of chairs were handily placed right outside our bedroom window, what better place for a spot of Mother and Son bonding over a hot chocolate, whilst the other son snapped away inside!

Venabu, Norway

Quick question?  Where do you stand on signposts? Traditional wooden ones?

Wooden signposts in snowy Norway ski area

Or modern?

Metal signpost in snowy Norwegian cross country ski area

We are not usually creatures of habit in our holiday destinations but this is seventh time that we have returned the Venabu Fjellhotell.  We find that the relaxed friendly environment suits us down to the ground, the food is excellent and the ski guides are too.

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  1. March 2, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Seven times – it must be good! Going by my own limited experience recently, at Myrkdalen, Norway’s resorts seem more personable than others you find in the alps. I’d really like to go back to ski more in the country. I’ll look into Venabu for next year! #FarawayFiles

  2. March 3, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Moonlight skiing sounds idyllic, I would love to try it out, even though I’m more a downhill skier myself. The idea of hiking/trekking on skis through snow-blanketed nature really appeals to me.

  3. March 3, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Sounds incredible. I’ve recently been thinking about taking up cross-country skiing as it looks and sounds like such a serene sport and without the stress to the knees caused by downhill. And good exercise! #culturedkids

  4. March 4, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I’d love to try moonlight skiing. The glogg stop in the teepee sounds quite inviting too! Oh the things we can do! It’s a charmed life. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  5. Clare Thomson
    March 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    How amazing, Catherine! Of course you’d need some warm wine after this. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  6. March 6, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Dodgy knees mean that downhill skiing is next to impossible for me… but moonlight cross-country skiing? I’m sure I could give that a go!! Anyhow, after a few hot Gloggs I’m sure I wouldn’t even notice a sore patella or two. Very nice – thanks! #FarawayFiles

    • Catherine
      March 6, 2017 / 10:59 pm

      It was my husband’s knees that prompted us to try cross country!

  7. March 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

    You had me at moonlight and glogg in a hut! Sounds so special. Thank you for sharing this super cool experience with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  8. March 10, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Wow! I love nordic skiing and Norway looks like a dream, but combine them with the moonlight and you have me sold!

  9. March 11, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Skiing under the moonlight! Sure it was incredible! I’ve just tried skiing once in Switzerland.and definitely need to practice a lot. I was terrified while sledging for the first time – under the moonlight by chance.

    • Catherine
      March 11, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Moonlight sledging now on my list

  10. December 4, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Moonlight skiing sounds very intriguing! I had a friend that did a nighttime sledge run, sounded both terriftying and amazing lol! #MondayEscapes

  11. December 4, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I love the snow! This looks like such an interesting place to explore. Really inspiring… #MondayEscapes

    • Catherine
      December 5, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      It’s always good to visit the snowy wilderness

  12. December 4, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I learned how to skii before I was even able to walk and I go skiing every winter but I’ve never been moonlight skiing before. How have I never done thos before?! It sounds so awesome!!! I should definitely try it this year! #MondayEscapes

    • Catherine
      December 5, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Its one of those things that once you’ve done it you want to do it again, hoping for a clear night this year!

  13. December 4, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I’d love to try skiing in Norway. And I like the idea of bonding with your son in front of that view! #Mondayescapes

  14. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    December 5, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Catherine this looks and sounds like a great adventure to share with your boys;) (Love the sound of the hot glog too!) When I first glanced at your article I thought your photos were not loading properly and then I read your description of the moon underneath! Thanks for sharing your experience on #MondayEscapes

  15. December 6, 2017 / 11:25 am

    This looks beautiful, I love snowy mountains #MondayEscapes

    • Catherine
      December 6, 2017 / 11:55 pm

      Snowy anything is pretty good!

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