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Skiing with Children: Geilo

Saturday, September 01, 2012Ryan Mach

If you’re hoping to go further afield than the usual western European resorts for your skiing holidays 2013 could be the year for you to venture to Scandinavia. Family ski vacations in Norway, for example, can provide your family with an entirely new experience, with memories that will be etched on your mind forever.
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Located in the valley of Hallingdal, the municipal resort of Geilo is one of the largest ski resorts in Norway and offers a ski season that runs roughly between November and April.

All of the ski hire centres offer free helmet loan for children, adding a sense of security for parents letting go of the reins for the first time. The abundance of green and blue runs in Geilolia skisenter plus the three ski schools that operate there make it a perfect base for your family ski holiday.

For the more adventurous, head over to Slaatta for the red runs or take advantage of the 220km of cross country trails, including 5km of floodlit terrain. Try your hand at “kiting” – a popular winter sport involving skiing whilst attached to a parasail; the areas around Geilo are rated amongst some of the best in the world for this recent craze.  
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With a resoundingly good reputation as being an incredibly friendly ski resort, offering a warm welcome to people of all ages, Geilo is charming, full of character and provides a fantastic atmosphere for families.

If you’re travelling during the Christmas holidays, be sure to participate in the search for Santa. Set off on a journey by kicksledge to find where Santa spends his time between delivering all his gifts. Relish in the joyful smiles on your young ones’ faces as they meet Santa Claus himself.

It can be surprising when you realise that it is perfectly affordable to visit Scandinavian resorts for your winter holiday and a refreshing change to the normal tourist haunts. 

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