Italian Ski Breaks
Join us for a wonderful weekend of cross country skiing in Italy. These holidays are a perfect introduction to cross country skiing, as well as being ideal for those wanting to refresh their skills.
Perhaps you're a downhill skier looking for something different? You enjoy the gym, hill walking, or are a runner or cyclist but feel the effect of the winter blues? Well, why not try cross country skiing to maintain and build that fitness level during the winter months.
Based in the beautiful Val Ferret near Courmayeur, we get to enjoy stunning views of the Italian side of the highest mountain in Western Europe - Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco. Think cross country, cappucino, and comfort!
- Learn or improve your basic cross country skiing skills
- Ski in remote valleys surrounded by stunning alpine peaks
- Enjoy true Italian hospitality with good food high on the agenda!
- Meet in Chamonix, France for easy access from Geneva airport
- Reduced price option for 'locals' joining on Day 2
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|ISW1||Wed 11 December 13||Sun 15 December 13||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW2||Wed 8 January 14||Sun 12 January 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW3||Wed 22 January 14||Sun 26 January 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW4||Wed 5 February 14||Sun 9 February 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW5||Wed 12 February 14||Sun 16 February 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW6||Wed 5 March 14||Sun 9 March 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW7||Wed 26 March 14||Sun 30 March 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW1 15||Wed 10 December 14||Sun 14 December 14||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW2 15||Wed 7 January 15||Sun 11 January 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW3 15||Wed 21 January 15||Sun 25 January 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW4 15||Wed 4 February 15||Sun 8 February 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW5 15||Wed 18 February 15||Sun 22 February 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW6 15||Wed 4 March 15||Sun 8 March 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
|ISW7 15||Wed 25 March 15||Sun 29 March 15||£595||Places available | Make a Booking|
This weekend is designed to give you the chance to learn the art of cross country skiing and you can use it as a means of 'cross training' for your other sports. We try both skating and classic ski-styles. This low impact exercise, is a great way to improve your fitness - at all levels!
Day 1 Arrival Chamonix, France
We meet in Chamonix, France due to its easy access from Geneva airport. Regular flights to Geneva from around Europe, and multiple transfer options to Chamonix make this the best meeting point for your Italian Weekend. Italy is in fact just 30 minutes from Chamonix via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. We meet you at your hotel the evening you arrive to brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions.
If you live locally there is the option of a reduced price without the two nights accommodation in Chamonix. Please ask for details.
Day 2 Introductory Day, Val Ferret
This morning we drive through the famous Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur and Val Ferret. Our morning will be spent fitting our skis and taking time to find our 'ski-legs'. Your instructor will take you through various exercises as a way of introducing you to the techniques needed to enjoy and start mastering cross country skiing. We aim to have a leisurely lunch, Italian style, which means excellent home made food and the compulsory hot chocolate and cake! We finish the day with a journey, exploring the beautiful groomed tracks in Val Ferret. The ski tracks wind along the entire valley, up to the hamlet of Lavachey. The pistes, which are always tracked and groomed, have many detours where we can lengthen or shorten our journey which gives us fantastic views of the Mont Blanc range.
Day 3 Cogne
Today we will take a pleasant drive along the Aosta Valley to the valley of Cogne in the Gran Paradiso National Park. This picturesque location is famous for the Gran Paradiso, Italy's highest peak. With it's typical stone-house village and eighteenth-century chapel, the area is steeped in history. This excellent venue is where many regional and national competitions take place and where we can explore up to 45km of trails. Like Val Ferret, we have plenty of options for varying lengths of excursions and terrain to practice our skills while enjoying the mountain and woodland scenery. We will return to La Palud to our accommodation and for our evening meal.
Day 4 Val Ferret
Our final days activity will be back in Val Ferret where we consolidate your new found skills, with time also, of course, to enjoy an Italian lunch at the remote restaurant of Lavachey - the best of hot chocolate and minestrone! Today we can consider trying a few more ascents and descents which will allow us to perfect our uphill and downhill techniques. At the end of the day we travel back to Chamonix, in France which gives you the chance to experience the 'apres ski' in this vibrant alpine town. It also means easy access back to the UK.
Day 5 Departure Day, Chamonix, France
Today is departure day. If you wish to stay for additional days then we can help arrange accommodation in Chamonix. You may even feel you want to continue skiing? We aim to use the only hotel in Chamonix which sits right on the cross country tracks.
For these weekends we spend the first and last night in Chamonix Valley, France which gives easy access to Geneva airport. In Italy we stay in La Palud village, which sits at the gateway to Val Ferret, and is situated close to the cross country ski tracks. Our hotel offers a true Italian family experience. The cuisine and hospitality is excellent and the views of Mont Blanc and its glaciers are incredible. We always aim to use family run hotels.
Included: The price includes half-board accommodation for 4 nights, based on two people sharing in a 2* hotel, transport between ski venues and 3 full days of instruction by a fully qualified BASI Nordic Instructor.
Not included: Insurance, flights and transfers, lunch and drinks, ski hire (approximately 35 Euros for the 3 days) and ski passes (approximately 18 Euros in total), any ski lift tickets which may be used as an alternative in bad snow conditions.
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We will take a maximum of 8 clients.
Please ensure that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this requirement please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
This itinerary is dependent on the weather and snow conditions at the time. Therefore changes to the itinerary may occur if necessary.
Previous cross country or alpine ski experience is an advantage, but not at all necessary. Upon booking a full kit and clothing list will be provided.
Val Ferret is in the Aosta Valley, near the ski resort of Courmayeur, and is situated only 30 mins away from Chamonix, France. Chamonix is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.The nearest airport to Chamonix is Geneva, in Switzerland which is approx 1 hr and 15 mins from Chamonix.
As our niche trips such as the Haute Route are of a specialised nature we work with our partner companies to attract sufficient clients to reach the minimum number of participants to allow these trips to go ahead, meaning you are more likely to have your chosen holiday 'guaranteed'. If you have any queries with regard to this please contact us
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