Our Family Walking Tour around Mont Blanc with Tracks and Trails was a really fantastic experience. We started the week feeling rather nervous about what lay ahead of us, but once we had done our acclimatisation walk to Lac Blanc and got to know a little bit about our really helpful, fun and nice guide, Julia, I felt much better and more confident about the whole thing. The first day was great, and we saw our first alpine animal- a chamois (a sort of mountain goat), which was really exciting!
For the first time this autumn we are offering a week of Nordic walking and yoga in a gorgeous chalet in the Aravis area of the French Alps. Our base is Chalet le 4, with its great food, endless swimming pool, decking for yoga, gym and massage room, and, of course, the mountain location which is truly breathtaking. We love it there!
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!).
Running is so perfectly simple – if it’s good weather, all you need are your shoes, t-shirt, shorts, socks & you are ready to step out the door!
Ben Arogundade of the Daily Telegraph has written a great piece on Julia’s trail running camps in the Chamonix valley. Ben admits to a little nervousness at first about the running that lay ahead; whilst the distance was not a problem, trail running (off-road across undulating terrain in Chamonix at altitude) might well prove to be! For Ben trail running was a very different experience from anything before, however, our guests were all helped by an amazing team of specialists including a massage therapist, yoga and Pilates teachers and Neil Maclean-Martin, the Chamonix-based physio of the Team GB Olympic squad, all of whom assisted with everything needed!
Twice in the Norwegian media in one week!
Traverse of the Chablais
A fabulous week dicovering the skills required to guide a group across a stunning winter landscape.
A winter training course is part of the route to gaining the International Mountain Leader Award and in March 2014 I attended one on the mountain plateau of Hardangervidda in Norway. The course was provided by Plas y Brenin (http://www.pyb.co.uk), one of the UK's National Mountain Centres. It was led by British Mountain Guides, Simon Hale, Martin Chester and Steve Long, and included such delights as snowshoe journeys, micro navigation, transceiver work and animal tracking.
In 2007, aged 30, I began to follow my passion for Nordic skiing and start the journey of adding it to my sports coaching skill set.
NEW FLASH!!! We are delighted to have our Alpine Trail Running Camp featured in the Telegraph's lifestyle magazine Stella Magazine today. Ranked as top in ten fitness destinations around the world find out how running & holiday can be used in the same sentence when journalist Ben Arogundade joined us for a week of sunny trail running, healthy food & fun times with like-minded people. If you missed the hard copy you can still download part of the article here: "Destination: A New You!"