Getting Great Value in Europe - Tips for Our US Guests
Written by Lindsay Cannon
12 July 2015
Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the Alps and Norway can be amazing value!
Making a trip across the Atlantic for a winter break cross country skiing or snowshoeing doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s a misconception that venturing to Europe need be a once in a lifetime endeavour! In fact now’s a better time than ever to make the most of a great Dollar/Euro exchange rate that works in your favour - the US Dollar hasn’t been this strong against the European single currency for 10 years! Norway too is more affordable than ever for our guests from the United States ($1 bought you less than 6 Norwegian Krone last year in 2014 - now it’s up more than 35% in the past 12 months to just over 8.5 Norwegian Krone!).
When factoring in the return flight it pays to shop around on price comparison sites such as Expedia and Orbitz, as well as checking with low cost airlines. Increasingly we’re having many clients travel to spend a week with us in the Alps from the northeastern United States, with New York City now particularly well connected with airlines WOW and Norwegian offering great deals either direct (to Oslo) or through connections to Geneva and Paris airports. Consider too that travelling by rail in Europe is convenient - particularly as good, reliable networks now access many resorts directly. Towns such as Chamonix are also connected by a range of shuttle bus services from the nearby airports: the healthy competition between the different services driving down prices even more! Rail connections in France and Switzerland are particularly good, allowing for European city stopovers (using the Eurail pass, for example) and short breaks to be incorporated should you wish to make the most of a longer break. There’s the opportunity to visit the European museums, theatres and palaces that you’d miss out on with a trip to the Rockies or Quebec!
Our snowshoe and cross country trips feature carefully chosen accommodation that immerse our guests in the authentic charm of mountain life in the Alps and Norway. By choosing a winter snowshoeing or cross country ski trip in the Juras, Alps or the Norway you’ll also get to sample the authentic cuisines, which include regional specialities based on locally prepared meats, cheeses and, of course, the wines! Exploring the mountains with an experienced and knowledgeable Tracks and Trails guide from the area provides a unique insight into the traditions and way of life of the little-changed communities en route. In general, with the current strength of the US Dollar you can expect any additional expenses such as drinks, local travel and gifts for friends and family back home to be very reasonable in value.
At Tracks and Trails we can provide guidance on selecting the trip that best meets your aspirations and schedule.