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Cross Country Skiing Scheduled Departures

Enjoy professional cross country ski tuition whether you are a beginner or just wanting to improve. Our Alps based holidays are in France and Italy and can be reached easily by air, rail or road. Join a group of people with a similar sense of adventure and let us look after you this winter.

Trips are listed from Introductory level to Advanced.

Italian Ski Breaks

Cross country skiing in Italy, the perfect winter get away! Our long weekend breaks are for complete beginners or those wishing to refresh their skills.

Based in the beautiful Val Ferret, near Courmayeur, join one of our small cross country ski groups and carefully chosen Instructors who are truly passionate about their sport. You will receive first class tuition whilst surrounded by the stunning views of the Italian side Mont Blanc. Think cross country, cappuccino, and comfort!

  • Excellent professional ski instructors
  • Ski in Courmayeur & Cogne
  • 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

Ski & Snowshoe Combo 

Make it a full week and combine with either a Skate Skiing Break or Snowshoe Long Weekend

Skate Ski Breaks

Skate style cross country skiing in Italy, an extended weekend dedicated to learning or improving the art of 'skate skiing'.

Developed in the 1980's 'skating' or 'freestyle' as it's known is a form of Nordic 'cross country skiing' where we ski on groomed trails using a motion similar to ice skating.

Enjoy mastering this technique enjoy stunning surroundings whilst gaining strength and fitness along the way.

These weekends suit either Nordic or Alpine skiers wishing to learn the basics or take their skating to the next level. Once mastered, a 'skate' is both fun and improves fitness. Enjoy the freedom to explore the quieter corners of your local resort, mountains & valleys.

  • Learn or improve skate skiing with first class instruction
  • Enjoy skiing in a quiet alpine valleys
  • True Italian hospitality and cuisine
  • Meet in Chamonix, France for easy access from Geneva airport
  • Reduced price option for 'locals' joining on Day 2

Swiss Alps: Cross Country Skiing

Our base for this week is the Obergoms valley in the heart of the Swiss Alps. The valley has 82km of groomed trails to explore between Oberwald and Niederwald and is home to the famous 'Gommerlauf'international ski race.

With the help of the local train (included in your ski pass, with regular departures) we have the flexibility to ski in different areas of the valley and from village to village. We explore the valley on a variety of trails making it a perfect location for total beginners or those improving their Nordic skiing, also known as 'langlauf'.

  • Track skiing in the heart of the Swiss Alps
  • Reliable snow conditions above 1300m
  • Explore the Swiss Valais and Uri cantons
  • 5 days skiing
  • Free rail within the valley with your ski pass
  • Ski from village to village on easy trails

Cross country skiing can offer more than just the enjoyment of fresh mountain air and chocolate box views but once mastered this 'low impact' exercise is a great way to improve your fitness with ever changing scenery!

Trip Level 

Introductory and Intermediate level holidays in the art of cross country skiing. Ideal for those wanting to learn the basics, refresh their skills, practice techniques and progress to longer journeys.

Traverse of the Black Forest

A cross country skiers paradise! The 'German Black Forest' offers a superb 115km point-to-point journey. Located near the borders of France and Switzerland, lying north of Freiburg and Basel, is this superb 'Grand German Traverse'. The skiing is all on prepared tracks on classic style 'langlauf' cross country skis.

The Black Forest starts at 150m above sea level at the upper reaches of the Rhine River to more than 1400m above sea level in the highest mountains of the southern Black Forest. An extensive network of both long-distance and local cross-country skiing trails makes it possible to cross the length and breadth of the Black Forest. Each day we aim to ski approximately 20km whilst carrying just a day pack - when we arrive at our guest house we find our luggage waiting for us!

Our tour traverses the diverse landscape of the Upper Black Forest staying in charming guest houses and inns whilsr enjoying German hospitality along the way. This 5-day ski journey, between the villages of Schonach in the north and Belchen in the south, climbs some 3200m whilst keeping an altitude of about 1,000m most of the way. We alternate skiing through deep valleys, forests and farming communities.

  • Make a continuous 5-day ski journey
  • No ski pass required
  • Benefit from the tourist 'Guest Card' benefits
  • Climb the highest peak in the Black Forest - Feldberg at 1493m
  • Step off the trail and enjoy hotels & traditional guest houses
  • We are one of the few operators offering this classic ski journey
  • All luggage transported for you


Grand Traverse of the Jura

The Grande Traversée du Jura (or GTJ) is a fabulous journey over the Jura mountains crossing through France and parts of Switzerland. Located not far from Geneva, the journey is made on classic cross country skis. This 142km long-distance ski trail was first completed in 1978 and is nearly all on prepared, pressed tracks.

Our route starts in the Haut Joux, Switzerland and finishes at Giron in the Ain département crossing the Jura and the Haut-Jura regional nature reserves. The ski route with it's varied terrain and relief can't fail to impress you with it's natural charm and beautiful landscapes. The inhabitants take immense pride in their local produce and culture - and this journey offers a taste of it all.

Each day we aim to cover approximately 20-30km of the tracks whilst carrying a small day pack. Each night we arrive at our hotel or gite to find our luggage waiting for us.

  • Make a continuous 6-day ski tour across the Jura - East to West
  • Ski 142km on prepared trails - Ascend 2685m - Descend 2705m!
  • Stay in characterful accommodation in gîtes and hotels
  • We are one of the few operators offering this classic ski journey
  • All luggage transported for you - so carry just a day pack!
  • Onward transfer included on departure day

Thank you Vlad Plasternak for your video from our January 2015 GTJ - a great week!

Trans Jura Swiss

The 'Trans-Jura Swiss' is a 'tracked' point-to-point cross country ski journey over the Swiss mountains of the Jura. Following the success of our Grand Traverse of the Jura (GTJ), which is mainly in France, we are pleased to now offer the 'TJS' - the Swiss version. Starting within easy reach of Geneva the journey, first made in 1976, is made on classic cross country skis. If it is peace and tranquillity and a true taste of authentic mountain life you seek, then look no further!

Our route starts at the Col Girvrine and travels eastwards along Swiss/French border finishing at the well named 'Vue des Alpes'. Nearly all on prepared, pressed tracks covering 150km it keeps high along the Jura ridge offering superb views, into the Canton of Jura and southwards towards the Alps and Neuchatel. Each day we aim to cover between 17-35km whilst carrying a small day pack. The trail keeps high and sometime feels very remote ensuring the best snow conditions. The terrain changes continuously amidst a beautiful landscape. Each night we arrive at our hotel to find our luggage waiting for us.

  • A 6-day point-to-point ski tour across the Swiss Jura
  • Ski 150km on prepared trails - West to East - Ascend: 3660m - Descend: 3465m
  • Hotel Accommodation some with saunas
  • Single rooms available most nights
  • We are one of the few operators offering this classic ski journey
  • All luggage transported for you - so carry just a day pack

Thank you Vlad Plasternak for your video from our January 2015 GTJ - a great week!

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