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Visitor reviews for Myrkdalen Ski Resort
April 17, 2017
Derion from Greece
I really wanted to see how skiing in Scandinavia looks like so I have decided to combine Easter vacation with skiing in Norway. I have chosen Myrkdalen because it had snowed a lot there recently. This ski resort is 2 hours away from Bergen. You take the train from Bergen get off at Voss train station and take a free ski bus. Myrkdalen is 30 km away from Voss and 130 km away from Bergen. A combined ticket that includes transportation and ski ticket costs 640 NOK, thus about 70€. The on site rental is too expensive: 380 NOK, thus around 40€ for really mediocre equipment. The resort is very famous with locals and I saw a few tourists there. Most come from Bergen carrying their skis on the train. The ski resort offers 22 pistes. There are 2 chair lift and the rest drag lifts. Most pistes are difficult blues or easy red ones. There are 2 pistes supposed to be black but nothing to be compared with the Alps black pistes. The altitude of the ski centers varies from 500 till 1.000m. The pistes are well groomed. On Friday 14 April 2017, when I was there, there had been plenty of snow: about 1 meter on the base and 2,5 meters on the top. I did not see one single snow. However, the reason why I chose Scandinavia for Easter instead of Alps was that I was hoping to find good quality snow. I wanted to avoid slushy spring snow. I have read other comments that in Scandinavia it is really never hot so the snow does not melt which produces ice etc. Well, my experience was as follows: until 13:30 the snow was really good. It was dry. However, after 13:30 in the lower pistes it suffered a lot and was slushy and hard to manage. My opinion, I do not know if there was a really a place to avoid spring snow if you want to ski late season!
The scenery was beautiful but no fjords can be seen. Disadvantage: the resort was really busy with big queues. The surroundings were nothing special. There are no shops really, no village except Myrkdalen hotel. Overall impression: if you are in Bergen from December till April the nearby ski resorts like Myrkdalen or Voss deserve a visit. However, taking into account the very high price of everything, the rather limited ski field and the lack of apres-ski, I would prefer the Alps. I have read that Scandinavian resorts are more charming but I did not see this in Myrkdalen. Myrkdalen was a nice one day skiing experience which can be combined with visiting the fjords but in my opinion can not be a reason by itself to visit Norway.
Overall: 3.7. Based on 1 vote and 1 review. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Myrkdalen.
Public Transport: 5.0
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Myrkdalen, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Myrkdalen, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 4.0
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Myrkdalen.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Myrkdalen, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Myrkdalen is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Myrkdalen relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 5.0
(1) There are no snow groomers at Myrkdalen, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Myrkdalen are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Myrkdalen is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 1.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Myrkdalen, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 5.0
(1) Myrkdalen usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 5.0
(1) The staff at Myrkdalen are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Myrkdalen are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.0
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 5.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Myrkdalen has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Myrkdalen, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.0
(1) Not even a kicker at Myrkdalen, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Myrkdalen, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Myrkdalen has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 1.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.0
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.0
(1) Overall, Myrkdalen is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 3.0
(1) Overall, Myrkdalen is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.