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Italian Winter Weekend


Winter Activity Weekend

Join WALX Derwent and Dales and Tracks and Trails in the Italian Alps! Excellent spa hotel, delicious Italian coffee and wonderful mountain scenery. Cogne is the perfect location for your first cross country ski and snowshoeing experience. Combined with Italian cuisine, comfort and cappuccino makes this the perfect winter break!

This long weekend is especially suited for complete beginners to any form of skiing & those wishing to learn at a relaxed pace. It is aimed at those who have little or no snow experience but who are regularly active and would like to experience the mountains in winter. All the activities are fun and easy to pick up!

The base for this trip is in the delightful village of Cogne in the Italian Alps. Cogne, known as the 'Queen of Italian Cross Country' venues offers exceptional skiing away from the crowds in the Gran Paradiso National Park, which is also home to Italy's highest peak the Gran Paradiso. Cogne is a lovely village of traditional stone-houses, a Roman bridge and an eighteenth-century chapel. Our instructors are truly passionate about the winter sports and we keep groups small to ensure quality tuition.

Highlights

  • Centrally located 3* Hotel & Spa
  • Learn to ski with a BASI Approved Nordic Ski School
  • Snowshoe in a remote Italian valley away from the crowds
  • Suitable for complete beginners to any form of skiing & those wishing to learn at a relaxed pace
  • Group transfer from Milan airport included
  • Explore Italy's 'Grand Paradiso' National Park
  • True Italian hospitality with fabulous food
  • Nordic Walking option

No matter how old you are you can still master the joy of Nordic or 'cross country' skiing. Nordic skiing is the original form of 'skiing' and in many countries is just a way of life. The word “ski” is Norwegian and comes from the Old Norse word “skid”, which was a split length of wood. Cross country skis are slender, very lightweight and very easy to use. For centuries in the Nordic countries, skis were for travelling in winter to enable hunting, and to keep contact between communities. It's also where Nordic walking originated from.

On this trip you will learn the basic 'classic' technique on flat or slightly undulating ground so that you can propel yourself across the snow efficiently. The action is similar to Nordic walking but simply with an 'active' slide instead of a stride! Once mastered you can progress to longer journeys at a pace that is right for you. Cross country skiing can, if you want it to, be a very aerobic activity. Enjoy sliding and gliding whilst getting fit along the way!

Snowshoeing is simply 'walking' in winter. We put snowshoes on our feet to stop ourselves sinking into the snow, and to generally make walking easier. Anyone, who is a regular walker or nordic walker and enjoys the outdoors will soon love this activity.


The WALX Team are passionate about promoting the physical, mental and social benefits of being active outdoors.


Itinerary

  • Today you will arrive to the Val di Cogne in the Gran Paradiso National park. With a population of about 1,500 Cogne is a small farming town proud of its history and culture situated in a high mountain valley. In the winter the landscape here is transformed into an alpine wonderland with snowy plains in all directions, cross country trails that go through the forests as well as ice falls for professional and skilled climbers.

    Enjoy totally immersing yourself for the next few days into the Italian 'mountain' way of life. It doesn't take long to see why we love coming here!

    Our accommodation is the gorgeous Hotel & Spa du Gran Paradis. It's centrally located close to the shops, cafes, ski tracks and ski hire (see the Accommodation section for more info).

    Your ski instructor and guide will meet you at your hotel at about 18h30 and brief you on the days ahead.

  • We begin our winter activity weekend with a day of snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is simply 'walking' in winter. We put snowshoes on our feet to stop ourselves sinking into the snow, and to generally make walking easier! Your guide will distribute your snowshoe equipment and explain how to fit your snowshoes so they are the correct size for your walking boots. The poles that we use are also different to Nordic walking poles as they have a larger basket, to also help you not sink into the snow.

    Snowshoeing is easy to pick up and believe us when we say no experience is necessary. You simply put them on and go! Leaving Cogne village we take a trail that makes it's way gently along the Lillaz valley. Walking through thick pine forest our trail winds it's way along by the river 'Torrente Grand' Eyvia' which in the winter months is strewn with some very impressive icicles. The trail takes a turn and climbs through the 'Forest of Sylvenoire'. It's not uncommon to see wild chamois here. The trail opens out at an altitude of 1,700m onto the plateau of Sylvenoire where we find a perfectly located mountain chalet, a welcoming wood burning stove, coffee and cake for a morning break.

    Our route goes back into the depths of the woods and descends into the Lillaz valley. Going down on snowshoes is not like skiing you don't slide but walk. They are designed to help you grip and not sink! As we reach the hamlet and chapel of Champlong the terrain opens out to a wide blanket of undulating snow. Unlike walking, snowshoes mean that you have the confidence in winter to almost walk anywhere! Experience making your own fresh tracks through virgin snow. Our route meets the cross country ski tracks which lead us to the village of Lillaz. We plan to have lunch in the heart of the old town at Ristorante Lou Tschappe situated by the church. Even a simple lunch in Italy feels like a treat!

    After lunch we can explore further along the Lillaz valley to visit the 'Cascate di Lillaz' a frozen three tiered waterfall which is one of the regions most popular ice climbs attracting climbers from across the world. To route back to Cogne is all flat or gently down hill along by the 'Torrente Grand' Eyvia'. There is also the option to take the free bus if preferred.

    The day involves between 4-5 hrs of walking after which we will have time to explore the village of Cogne. Visit the cobbled streets, craft and sport shops, meet the skillful lace makers, or simply relax in one of the cafes in this glorious mountain environment.

     

  • Our hotel is located a very short walk from the Nordic ski tracks which makes it very convenient. After fitting our skis and boots, and finding our 'ski-legs,' your instructor will take you through various exercises to introduce you to the techniques for 'classic style' cross country skiing, and what we call 'diagonal stride'.

    Cogne has an excellent ski stadium offering beautifully groomed tracks in a large flat area which makes it the perfect arena for learning.

    With 55km (35 miles) of ski trails, many regional and national cross country ski competitions like the Marcia Gran Paradiso take place in the Cogne valley. The main trails are flat or gently undulating, and are the perfect training ground for beginners and racers alike. The stadium area also has 'snow canons' and if the real stuff is in short supply they will create perfect tracks from the snow they produce themselves. This so-called 'artificial snow' is without doubt as good as or frequently better than the real thing - white velvet.

    Mid-morning we normally take a break for coffee and cappuccino, after all it is a holiday! Lunch will be at a local restaurant or cafe. In the afternoon we return to our skis for further practice, consolidating our learning and with the option to make some short journeys on your skis.

    However, it is not all about the activities! After a day on the ski trails there will still be time to explore the shops, bars for a pre-dinner apéro or relax in the hotel wellness 'Spa La Baita'. Post ski massages can be booked directly with the hotel.

  • Another day on cross country skis to consolidate our skills from yesterday and truly master the basics. Our instructors understand what it feels like to be new to Nordic and will ensure that you progress at 'your' level whilst enjoying the fun of learning. We love Cogne not only because it's so well provided as winter resort but also because the main visitors to the valley are Italian cross country ski enthusiasts. We are confident that by now you will notice that we are the only British group in the town!

    Our goal today is to develop the technique to go on a longer journey. Like Nordic walking, Nordic skiing is the perfect 'cross trainer' as it can be used on different types of terrain. Using the ski the stadium for our warm up exercises and to reacquaint you with your skis there will be new skills to learn and plenty of practising throughout the morning. We then plan to take the free ski bus to the delightful village of Valnontey stopping for an early lunch at the characterful family run Albergo of La Barme. Think heavy stone tiles on the roof, ancient woodwork, and a tiny hamlet of old wooden houses.

    In the afternoon we plan to put all our skills into practice and make a longer ski tour which can easily be adapted to suit everyone's level. Our aim is to tour the beautiful upper valley of Valnontey. This snow filled valley is famous for ice climbing, and it's possible to see ice climbers tackling the spectacular frozen waterfalls that line the valley on both sides. One of the many advantages of Nordic skiing and this particular route is if at any time you'd like to rest you can simply walk! If preferred there is a very convenient Nordic walking or snowshoeing option this afternoon which follows the same route as the skiers. It's a charming route where often it's possible to watch ibex and chamois on the valley slopes and in the woods close to the trails.

    We return back to our hotel in the afternoon with time for any last minute souvenir shopping, spa or massage time, relaxing apéro and group meal to celebrate our Italian winter experience.

  • Today is departure day and your private minibus transfer will collect you after breakfast from your hotel to take you back to the airport. The package ends at the airport.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. All our trips are based on two people sharing a bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. If you have any questions about the accommodation please contact us.

Cogne is a small town equipped with all the facilities you might need for this trip including; a pharmacy, banks/ATMs, small supermarket, sports shops, tourist office, local produce, souvenirs, bars and cafes. Situated in the heart of the old town our accommodation is perfectly situated to easily access the ski trails, free bus to neighbouring villages, shops and bars. We are sure that you will have a very comfortable stay.

Hotel du Grand Paradis, Cogne

Hotel

You will be guests of Filippo Gérard, our host whose family owns and runs our gorgeous 3* hotel. Built in the19th century the Hotel du Gran Paradis, is Cogne's oldest hotel. It boasts traditional architecture, local Italian cuisine all in a relaxed alpine setting. Make yourself at home with access to their living room with fireplace, little bibliothèque, bar, heated ski room plus it has a small private wellness Spa La Baita.

Dinner is delicious, typical food from the Aosta valley region of Italy, eaten at our hotel's other restaurant at the Hotel Sant'Orso. The Hotel Sant Orso has a reputation with 'foodies' as being an excellent example of local tastes and dishes from this wonderful part of the Italian Alps. You may feel that on this trip you spend a lot of time contemplating the local tastes!  Breakfast is taken in our own hotel dining room and is buffet style. 

Massages and single room requests are possible, but do incur an additional fee. 


  • Flying to Milan

    For convenience we have included a transfer from Milan Malpensa airport, Italy to Cogne. Our departure/pick up time from Milan Malpensa airport is scheduled for 16h30, however, once we have all the guest arrival times we may bring this forward if it suits all the other members of the group. If your flight arrives earlier in the day you can use the time to explore the city of Milan. The journey from Milan Malpensa to Cogne is approximately 2h40. 

    Previously we asked that you arrived into Geneva, Switzerland, but due to Covid-19 we are, for now, avoiding travelling through Switzerland and France to reach Italy in a bid to reduce the risk of disruption to travel.

    If required the journey time to travel to Cogne from Milan Malpensa airport by public transport is about 5.5-6 hours. Timetables can be sourced on www.rome2rio.com The route taken is from Milan Malpensa airport, to Milan Central station, to Turin Porta Susa, to Aosta where you can either go by bus or by taxi to Cogne.

    A public bus runs from Milan Malpensa Airport to Aosta 1 to 3 times per day except on a Tuesday and a Wednesday taking about 2 hours. A single is 25 Euros. It would then be necessary to either take another bus a taxi to/from Cogne timetables on how to reach Cogne can be found here on the Cogne Tourism office website.

    Early arrivals - time in Milan

    If you arrive early take time to explore this cosmopolitan city known as the fashion capital of Europe. Details of how to travel into central Milan can be found here. The journey takes around 60 minutes. If you wish to leave luggage while exploring you can find 'left luggage' facilities at various locations in the city for approximately 5€ per bag per day. Left luggage facilities at Milan Malpensa airport are open from 0600hrs - 2200hrs and are located on the Arrival Level, or Terminal 1. 

    Flying to Turin or Geneva

    You can also choose to fly to Turin, Italy or to Geneva in Switzerland, and make your own way to Cogne by bus/train. If you choose to do so the cost of travelling to Cogne is not included in your trip fee, and no reduction will be made from the trip fee. You can find details of public transport from Turin to Cogne here. The route generally will be Turin to the ancient Roman town of Aosta, and then the local bus to Cogne. The easy option is to hire a car for the weekend and drive from Turin, to Cogne, in only 1h45. 

    Departure

    On your departure day there will be a private minibus transfer which will collect you after an early breakfast and take you to Milan Malpensa airport. The return transfer will leave Cogne at approximately 07h30 in order to arrive at the airport between 10h30-11h00. Your flights from Milan Malpensa airport should be booked to depart no earlier than 12-midday. Again this departure time may be changed it all the group flights are departing later in the day.

    It is important that you inform us of your flight times as soon as possible after booking.

    For convenience we have included a transfer from Geneva airport, in Switzerland direct to Cogne. Although the local Italian airports of Milan and Turin are also only a few hours away from Cogne the flights are limited in comparison to Geneva which has a huge range of airlines with daily scheduled flights at relatively low cost. Geneva is also only a 2 hour drive to Cogne taking a beautiful route through the mountains. Our departure/pick up time from Geneva airport is scheduled for 16h00, to meet the Easyjet flight arriving at 15h30 from Birmingham on the 22nd January 2020.

    On your departure day, the 26th January 2020, the private minibus transfer will collect you after breakfast from your hotel to take you to Geneva airport. The return transfer will leave Cogne at approximately 10h00 in order to arrive at the airport for midday. Flights from Geneva airport should be booked to depart on or after 14h00.

    We have chosen a Sunday for departure to avoid Geneva week-day rush hour and to minimise any chance of traffic delays.

    It is important that you inform us of your flight times as soon as possible after booking.

    Early arrivals - time in Geneva

    Geneva airport is just 4 km's (2.5 miles) away from Geneva city centre. You can find details of the airport and public transport here. It is easily reached by train or bus using the united network of public transport Unireso. You can pick up a free ticket for public transport from the machine in the baggage collection area at the airport arrivals. It gives free transport for a period of 80 minutes. Only one single ticket is required to travel by train, tram, bus or boat in the area France-Vaud-Geneva. It only takes 6 minutes from/to Geneva city centre by train (every 12 minutes at rush hours). All trains stop at Geneva-Cornavin station (city centre). The buses stop every 8-15 minutes at rush hours at the airport (bus stops at the Check-in level, in front of or beside the train station). Full details can be found here.

    Left luggage lockers in Geneva 

    There are two left luggage facilities, both in the Railway Station which is attached to the airport building. The office beside the CFF/SBB counter takes luggage of all dimensions for a fee of approximately CHF10 per day per item. It is open 7 days a week from 07h30 to 20h15. The automatic lockers are in front of the CFF/SBB counter and just behind the Chicorée Shop and come in 3 sizes (245mm x 420mm x 765mm / 350mm x 600mm x 770mm / 445mm x 610mm x 895mm); they are accessible from 05h00 to 23h50.The cost is from 6-9 CHF per day depending on the size. You can find details here.

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Winter mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    In winter the weather can deliver everything from clear blue skies, and glorious sunshine, to heavy snowfall and strong winds. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality.

    Temperatures vary depending on the month, generally December, January, and February are colder, but by March and April the temperatures are warming up and spring is on the way. 

    In December and January they can range from -10°Celsius (14°F) to 3°Celsius (37.4F), in February from -5°Celsius (23°F) to 7°Celsius (44.6°F), and in March from 0°Celsius (32°F) to 13°Celsius (55.4°F). 

    The above figures are a general indication only as the weather can vary considerably year on year for any given month.

  • The cross country skiing equipment we will use features lightweight track skintec classic skis (not skate skis or waxables), NNN (or similar) boots, bindings and poles. The total ski hire for two days is approximately 30 Euros per person. We ask that you pay this sum directly to the ski shop. Ski equipment hire is arranged in advance.

    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).

    Ski passes can be purchased once you arrive and are expected to cost approximately 15 Euros in total for the 2 days. There is a reduced price for those over 65.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you will encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. 

    Equipment

    We use 'classic' style cross country track skis for this trip either ‘fishscales’ or ‘skintec’. You can choose to bring your own 'classic' track skis, however, do check with us first to ensure they are suitable. 

    Skis, boots, and poles - can be hired at the start of the trip. The cost of hire is indicated in 'Trip Information'. If you are intending to hire you must inform us as soon as possible as equipment must be booked in advance. The type of ski supplied by the hire shop is provided in the 'Ski Rental' section of the Trip Information page. If in doubt about the suitability of your own skis please contact us.

    • Rucksack 20-25 litres with waist and chest strap
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre, drink tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
    • Whistle

    Clothing 

    • Waterproof jacket - essential, this must keep you dry during a day of continuous snowfall or at least as dry as any waterproof jacket ever keeps you!
    • Waterproof trousers - in case of heavy snowfall
    • Trousers - lightweight, windproof and warm 
    • Thermal top - long sleeves
    • Thin fleece - long sleeves
    • Waistcoat - fleece/wind stopper 
    • Gloves x 2 (one thick and one thin)
    • Over-mittens for colder days can be useful
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs

    Snowshoeing Equipment

    • Snowshoes - supplied free of charge 
    • Poles - supplied free of charge
    • Avalanche Transceiver - supplied free of charge
    • Shovel - supplied free of charge 
    • Snow Probe - supplied free of charge 
    • Rucksack – 25-30 litres, with waist and chest strap. Ideally it should have a system that allows you to attach snowshoes if it is necessary to carry them
    • Rucksack – waterproof liner/cover
    • Walking Boots - warm and waterproof. They should not be ‘low cut’ and must cover your ankles
    • Bags to waterproof items, such as documentation
    • Gaiters - useful on days with deep fresh snow

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • Goggles - or Nordic Ski Visor
    • Snack bars/chocolate
    • Tissues - we recommend biodegradable bags to dispose of rubbish
    • Anti-bacterial hand wash

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication 
    • Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatory
    • Glucose tablets/Energy gel
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets - eg Dioralyte
    • Throat lozenges
    • Antiseptic cream/spray

    Documentation 

    • Mountain Rescue/Ski Insurance documents - compulsory
    • Passport
    • Credit card
    • Cash - Euros

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Swimwear for when sauna is available
    • Camera/ Book/Music
    • Toiletries – soap/shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • Ear plugs - if room sharing
    • Small thermos for hot drinks
    • Short gaiters for snowy days - not essential 
    • Head torch - plus spare batteries 

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and carry their own first aid kit

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible. This trip has a single supplement of £160. 

  • WALX Derwent and Dales and Tracks and Trails go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation for the countries that they work in.

    Please note your guide/instructor has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    For our snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and for cross country ski trips you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors.


    The WALX Team are passionate about promoting the physical, mental and social benefits of being active outdoors.

     

  • On our Italian Ski Breaks the lunches are definitely one of the highlights. We do not include the cost of lunches in your trip fee as we find that our guests prefer to make their own choice at lunchtime. In Cogne there are various options for cosy and characterful cafes serving excellent local dishes at a very reasonable cost. We would normally stop at one of these and take a leisurely lunch break or we may eat at one of the local villages. It really depends on how far we have skied!

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

  • Due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. These are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer our guests. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means that your chosen holiday may reach its 'minimum' number earlier, allowing us to guarantee the trip and to give you the go-ahead to book your travel arrangements.

    There may be occasions when our partners have helped book your accommodation and organise the logistics for your trip. On these occasions your hotel may have recorded your room reservation in the name of one of our partners. 

    We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same package as Tracks and Trails Ltd. The price will be the same, though occasionally they may be operating in a different currency. Your itinerary and the items that are included, or not included in your trip fee, will also be the same. 

    We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. If you have any questions about this policy please contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2023

Full

What's Included

  • Half-board accommodation for 4 nights, based on two people sharing in a 3* hotel
  • Hotel Spa la Baita (jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, relax area etc) with bathrobe, towels and slippers 
  • Two full days of 'classic' style cross country instruction by a qualified BASI Nordic Instructor
  • One day of snowshoeing
  • Snowshoe equipment rental (includes: snowshoes, poles etc)
  • Nordic walking poles if required (please let us know if you require these)
  • Four course evening meal with a selection of typical Italian dishes at the Hotel Sant’Orso
  • A card for discounts in shops, ski rental and restaurants
  • Transport between the ski venues
  • The services of a local International Mountain Leader
  • Transfers to/from your hotel to Milan Malpensa airport, Italy
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Massages/spa treatments
  • Ski hire
  • Ski passes
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At a Glance

From Price £1045
Holiday Type Snowshoeing
Duration 5 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy
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  • No surcharge guaranteed
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