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