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Traverse of the Black Forest

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'Black Forest Gateau' of course!

Visit Germany's Black Forest or Schwarzwald a cross country skiers paradise 'off the beaten track'!

The complete north to south Black Forest traverse of 100km is known as the Fernskiwanderweg. This trip is designed to ski the highlights of the route, but if snow conditions allow we will ski the entire Traverse. It means you can experience the culture and natural beauty of the best ski areas, with the potential to ski the Traverse in its purest form.

Cross country skiing or 'langlauf' has been a tradition in the Black Forest since 1890. Today an extensive network of both long-distance and local cross-country ski trails make it possible to ski linked trails the length and breadth of the region.

Our tour traverses the diverse landscape of the Upper Black Forest linking up the Fernskiwanderweg or 'remote ski trail' all on prepared tracks. Skiing 'classic style' we cover approximately 20km per day showcasing the 'highlights' of the region. Through a mixture of day tours and keeping to an altitude of about 1000m in good conditions it's possible for us to link up over 100km exactly point to point!

Between the villages of Schonach in the north and Belchen in the south we will ski through deep valleys, forests, farming communities and even over the highest peak of the Black Forest, Feldberg. Each day we will ski further south to our next accommodation where the delights of German hospitality awaits

  • 5-days of the 'best skiing' in the Black Forest
  • 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
  • Daily luggage transfers

Departures

Trip Departure date End date Price Status
SBF1 19 Sun 10 February 19 Sat 16 February 19 £1495 Places available | Make a Booking
SBF2 19 Sat 16 February 19 Fri 22 February 19 £1495 Places available | Make a Booking

Trip Level 

This holiday is designed for those that can confidently get on their skis and go! We grade this trip as an intermediate. On our first day we will spend time to find our ski legs but we do expect participants to be able ski a variety of terrain and journeys of 18-25km in length. Participants should have good travelling techniques, ski at a good pace and have mastered a controlled snow plough for both undulating, turning and any steeper descents. You should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski up to 4-6 hours per day.

Bespoke Black Forest Tours

This trip can also be organised as a bespoke holiday where the itinerary can be changed to suit the quantity of days, ski locations and distances to suit the requirements of your group. Contact us for more information.

Itinerary

The complete north to south Black Forest traverse or Fernskiwanderweg is 100km. On these 'highlights weeks' our guides using their local knowledge of the area will ski the best trails available for our groups. If conditions allow we will aim to ski the Traverse of the Black Forest in its purest form, point-to-point to each overnight accommodation.

Day 1 Meeting in the Schwarzwald

We start our tour in the village of Schonach, at 875m, a short distance from Triberg and home to the one of world's largest cuckoo clocks! On arrival ask the hotel for your 'Guest Card' to benefit from reduced entrance fees to local sights and to use the bus for free. Triberg is a charming market town and early arrivals may have time to visit the Black Forest Museum and Germany's highest waterfalls. Your guide will meet you this evening to organise ski hire, to brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions.

Day 2 Schonach to Brend

Your guide will choose the best area to find your ski legs today. Skiing either from Schonach itself or a little higher at Rohrhardsberg (1152m) the trail passes through dense forests over well kept tracks in Nordic rolling terrain. We soon join the Fernskiwanderweg or 'remote ski trail' as it meets a ridge line then opens out to a wide meadow and the lovely old chapel at Martinskapelle. We have time to stop for refreshments at the inn and can take a short diversion to visit the spring which is one of the sources of the famous River Danube. A final short climb takes us up to Brend (1149m) which is known as the highest peak in the 'holiday region' of the northern Black Forest. On a clear day you can see across to Feldberg, the Swiss Alps and Vosges mountain ranges. Our hotel is in a remote location and is a beautiful place to stay in the heart of the Black Forest. Distance: 15-20km.

Day 3 Brend to Waldau

We begin our ski today with either an easy section of downhill or we take a short transfer to the farming village of Waldau where the first Black Forest clock was made in 1664. From Waldau we ski the 'panorama' loipe out around the village picking up the Fernskiwanderweg to 'Thurner' where we meet up with a network of local trails. After a coffee stop at Thurner, whichever trail we choose we will climb up to our high point for the day at Weisstannenhöhe (1190m) where we can be rewarded with superb views of the Feldberg summit (1493m). We return back to Waldau to spend the night. As with many Black Forest hotels tonight you will be able to relax in the sauna prior to another traditional hearty German supper. Distance: 20-25km.

Day 4 Waldau to Hinterzarten

Known as the 'Pearl of the Black Forest' just a short drive away is the charming ski village of Hinterzarten which sits close to the shores of lake Titisee and Feldberg mountain. Home to the 'Schwartzwalder' Ski Museum and famous World Cup ski jumps Hinterzarten reminds us that the tradition of skiing is very important to the people of the Black Forest. Choosing from a variety of ski trails from Hinterzarten we climb through the pine forests all at about 1200m, passing hidden lakes, across alpine meadows all beneath the 'crown' of the Black Forest - the mountain of Feldberg. On route our trails passes a typical Black Forest inn where we can stop to refuel with strudel or the classic Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte or Black Forest gâteau before returning to Hinterzarten for our overnight. Distance: 20-25km.

Day 5 Hinterzarten - Feldberg summit - Notschrei

Today is the biggest day in both length and height on our 'highlights' tour. Leaving Hinterzarten we rejoin the Fernskiswanderweg trail and over several kilometres gradually climb up to see todays objective - Feldberg mountain! Skiing all on good trails nowhere does the climb feel too much (trust us)! Winding our way through the forest and taking regular breaks we soon reach a short section of un-groomed trail. Here some prefer to stow their skis on their packs and hike. After about 20 minutes we are back onto the groomed 'loipe' and are now above the tree line. A final push and the cut track actually reaches Feldberg summit. At 1493m, the highest point of the Black Forest, we are rewarded with fabulous 360 degree panoramic views. The arc of Alps in the south, the Jura and the Vosges in France in the north make a fine picnic spot. From the top a fun and gradual descent picks up a stunning section of trail offering some of the best open views of the Black Forest. We reach the Todtnauer Hütte (1321m) where we can stop for a celebratory hot chocolate and perhaps another strudel! Our trail continues on and mainly down through the forests to the pass of Notschrei at 1120m. From Notcherei we take the public bus a short way to the charming village of Todtnauberg where we spend the night. Distance: 25-28km.

Day 6 Notschrei to Belchen

We have various options today to complete our Black Forest 'Highlights' tour. A labyrinth of ski trails this side of Feldberg gives us options to ski either from Todtnauberg village or starting back on the Fernskiwanderweg trail at Notcherei. Either way we have the option to ski to Wiedener Eck (1034m) for views out to the final main mountain range of the southern Black Forest, Belchen. A short climb takes us onto Hohtannhutte, another popular ski destination, before reaching the small ski resort of Multen/Belchen where we finish our journey. To make transfers simpler for the following day we spend the night at Schonau, a short bus ride away, where we end with a final celebratory meal together. Distance: 17-20km.

Day 7 Departure Day

Today is departure day and the trip finishes after breakfast. With your tourist card trains and buses within the Black Forest region will be free.

Price

Included: The price includes half-board accommodation, based on two people sharing (twins or doubles) in mainly 3 star hotels OR guest houses for 6 nights and includes local taxes. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplementary payment. Single rooms are limited and we recommend that you book early for this option. Luggage transfers (1 bag per person), free local public transport with the local tourist card, and the fees of a qualified Nordic Ski Instructor who's also an International Mountain Leader and their expenses are also all included.

Not included: Ski hire, insurance, flights, arrival transfer, and return transfer out with the Black Forest region, drinks and lunches.

Minimum numbers

This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We take a maximum of 8 clients.

Insurance

Please note 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 please be sure you have read the insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.

Ski Rental

Cross country skiing equipment, which includes fishscale classic skis (not skates or waxables), Salomon (or similar) boots, bindings and poles, can be collected at the start of the traverse in Schonach. The total ski hire for the week is approximately 135 Euros per person (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trip). You will make your payment directly to the guide (cash only). All equipment hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. Please make note of your equipment hire on our booking form. We will need to know your height, weight, normal shoe size (you must give us your everyday shoe size and not your personal adjustment for wearing boots) and the measurement of your height up to your armpits (for ski pole hire). Your guide will arrange the return of the hire equipment on your behalf.

Further Information

Upon booking a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided. This trip includes luggage is transfers by taxi so only a light pack is needed during the day time. Maps of the Fernskiswanderweg route are possible to buy on the first day for 5 Euros at the Tourist Office in Schonach.

The Black Forest is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

The closest airports to this area are Stuttgart (Germany), Strasbourg (France), Zurich and Basel/Bale (Switzerland).

Trains to the start and finish from the Swiss Airports are the most convenient taking approximately 2.5 hours to Triberg.

Your visitors 'Guest Card' will give you reductions on many attractions (museums, cable cars, swimming pools etc) and free bus and train travel during your stay and return journey back to the airport (N.B: this is not valid until you arrive at your hotel so will not include your travel to your first hotel).

Train connections can be sourced using www.sbb.ch for Swiss connections and Deutsche Bahn for German connections. Searches should be made using: Basel Euro Airport or Stuttgart Flughaven/Messe (which is on the S bahn) to: 'Triberg' and departing from: 'Sparkasse Schönau im Schwarzwald' both of which are in Germany. Please note that timetables are normally only available 3 months in advance. Detailed trip joining information is provided 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.

Alternatively you may wish to travel entirely by rail or coach in which case many high speed trains link into these cities from other European cities. For more suggested travel links please refer to our Booking & Information pages for further details.

It is possible to arrange a taxi back to the start of the traverse from Belchen to Schonach/Triberg for approximately 150 Euros taking 1-4 people.

Accommodation Arrangements & Bad Weather Options

We run our Black Forest traverse at a time of year when the snow is most reliable and the tracks are well maintained.

We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined above however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.

In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. In winter temperatures can range from +10 degrees celsius, to -15 degrees celsius. Even in winter it is often sunny with lovely blue sky days, but it can snow heavily and you would be prepared for any eventuality.

The accommodation available is varied in its facilities and due to availability we do not always use exactly the same places so it could mean the daily distances on the day to day itinerary vary by a few kilometres.

Lunches will normally be picnics bought from either our accommodation, supermarkets, bakeries or in cafes when we pass them.

Our Partners

As our niche trips such as the Traverse of the Black Forest 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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