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Geilo - the best place to introduce ‘reluctant’ partners and kids to skiing

19th November 2009 Print

According to specialist ski tour operator, Alpine Tracks, Norway’s oldest ski resort, Geilo – with its wide open slopes, modern chair lifts and friendly, English-speaking instructors - is one of the best places in the world to learn to ski.

Unlike much of its competition in other parts of Europe, in Geilo there’s plenty of space for first timers to practice their technique without the fear of being skittled over, while there’s no hanging around getting cold in queues for the ski lifts.

However, more experienced skiers will also find plenty to keep them occupied with a huge variety of slopes and a number of challenging black runs to test even the most confident.

For this season, Alpine Tracks has introduced the four-star Thon Hotel Vestlia, a friendly, lodge-style property with a ski in/ski out location by Geilolia Ski Center.  As well as being totally ski friendly, the hotel also boasts one of the best Spas in Norway, plus a fitness centre and children’s indoor playground.

Early season ski starts at £495 per person (twin share) for four nights’ half-board, return flights and car hire.

A week’s family holiday for February half-term is £845 per adult and £595 per child (aged two-to-14 years) for half-board accommodation, return flights and car hire.

Departures are available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Jersey and Edinburgh.

For more information and bookings, visit