Family favourite Beitostolen is a great place for children - and adults - to learn to ski or snowboard...
Beitostolen boasts some of the best nursery slopes in Norway, which is why it is very popular with both Norwegian families and those from further afield.
In fact, the medium-sized resort's gentle slopes and lack of crowds make it ideally suited to beginners of all ages.
Resort height: 900m
Relatively high for a Norwegian resort, Beitostolen also has an enviable snow record. Its ski season generally lasts from November until May, and there are lots of off-piste routes for more expert skiers and snowboarders to explore.
There is also a terrain park for boarders - and skiers - keen to practise jumps, rails and half-pipes.
That's the good news. The bad news is that the ski area of groomed slopes remains very small, and will seem minute to anyone used to skiing in a big Alpine resort such as Meribel or Les Arcs.
It's one reason why Beitostolen is also perhaps more popular with cross-country ski enthusiasts than with intermediate or advanced skiers and boarders.
The downhill ski area of some 20km is dwarfed by the 320km of cross-country ski trails accessible from the resort.
It takes four hours to drive to Beitostolen from Oslo airport. However, you can get an internal flight to Fagernes, just 40km away...
Alternatively, take the train to nearby Gol.
Beginner skiers and snowboarders will build confidence fast on Beitostolen's wide, gentle and generally empty slopes...
But while more advanced snowboarders should enjoy the terrain park, there is less here to tempt intermediate or expert skiers.
Beitostolen is a cute, well-rounded resort with a decidedly family vibe and a good choice of activities for non-skiers...
Beitostolen is a family-focused resort, and has a relatively chilled out atmosphere as a result. However, things liven up considerably at the weekends. For a small village, there is also a surprising number of restaurants and bars to try. The food on offer ranges from fine dining to simple little cafes - try Peppes Pizza, Cafeen Tapasbar and Bare KOS.
In Beitostolen, those less than keen to head out on the pistes can try dog-sledding, sledging, snow-shoeing and, if they are feeling a bit more extreme, snow rafting. There is also a heated outdoor pool for those prepared to brave the freezing temperatures clad only in a swimsuit when getting in and out.
Cost of living 5/10
Scandinavia deserves its reputation as an expensive part of the world. However, the ski pass you buy in Beitostolen is valid on both sides of the valley, making it better value than some.
Attractiveness of the resort 6/10
Cosy little Beitostolen lies on the edge of the beautiful Jotunheimen National Park, so the scenery around the resort should certainly impress. The village itself is compact and friendly.