Skate Ski Breaks
Skate Ski Breaks
Skate Ski Breaks
Skate Ski Breaks
Skate Ski Breaks
Skate Ski Breaks

Skate Ski Breaks


Learn to Skate Ski

An extended weekend dedicated to learning or improving the art of cross country 'skate skiing'. Explore picturesque, quiet alpine valleys and villages whilst gaining strength and fitness along the way!

Our instructors provide first class tuition, and we only work with small groups to ensure that you gain the most from your lessons. It's an ideal trip for Nordic or Alpine skiers who would like to learn the basics, or are looking to take their skate technique to the next level.

Highlights

  • Centrally located 3* Hotel & Spa
  • First class ski professional ski instruction
  • Ski in Italy's 'Grand Paradiso' National Park
  • True Italian hospitality with good food high on the agenda
  • Ski in a remote Italian valley away from the crowds
  • Airport transfers to and from Geneva included
  • Reduced price option for 'locals' joining on Day 2

Cogne, our base for this trip, is know as the 'Queen of Cross Country' areas in Italy. It is a truly beautiful setting offering excellent skiing away from the crowded alpine ski resorts. This picturesque location is famous for the Gran Paradiso, Italy's highest peak, and is steeped in history with an eighteenth-century chapel and typical stone-houses prevalent.

What is skate skiing?

Skating takes place on a wide, evenly prepared track that has been groomed and pressed. The skis are shorter, stiffer and lighter than 'classic skis', and are narrower at the tip and tail than in the centre. Developed in the 1980's 'skating' (or 'freestyle' as it's also known) is a form of cross country skiing where we ski on groomed trails using a motion similar to ice skating.


The hotel was immaculate and the staff were really attentive. Cogne itself is such a beautiful place to stay. My highlight was the final day, putting all my skills together on some stunning trails in Valnontey with some great views of the Gran Paradiso.

I loved it. The hotel - Gran Paradis, the guide - Mark, the valleys, the skate skiing, the coaching, and the fellow skiers.

Hard to improve, every little thing was thought through, considered and tailored, really impressed, espcially as I ended up going on my own as my husband couldn’t make it and these trips are ideal for a single person joining a smaller or even larger group.

Itinerary

  • accommodation
  • airport
  • meet in
  • transfer
  • Today you will arrive in the beautiful Italian village of Cogne. A remote mountain community set in the magnificent Gran Paradiso National Park. Your ski instructor will meet you at your hotel this evening and brief you on the days ahead. Your ski hire will also be organised for you. For full details please consult the 'Arrival & Departure' section of the Trip Information. 

    If you live locally and do not require accommodation there is the option of a reduced price. Please ask for details. 

  • Today is our cappuccino day! Be warned that  morning coffee and cake will feature on the agenda. After fitting skis and taking time to find our 'ski-legs' your instructor will take you through various exercises as a way of introducing, or re-introducing you to the correct techniques for 'skate style' cross country skiing. Cogne has an excellent 'stadium' offering beautifully groomed tracks in a large flat area. This perfect arena for learning to skate ski offers a range of trails suitable for every skater. Surrounded by mountain views, and only minutes from the nearest cafe makes it a wonderful venue. 

    Lunch will be at one of local restaurants or cafes when you have the chance to sample dishes local to the region. In the afternoon we will go back to our skis for further practice consolidating what we have learned with options to make some short journeys. Our afternoons do tend to be more relaxed and allow time for personal skiing. Throughout the weekend we aim to create a learning environment that is supportive, and fun.

    Of course, it is not all about the skiing. 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.

  • After breakfast we will head off to explore the valley tracks. The free ski bus means we can explore slightly further afield by starting in one of the neighbouring villages such as Epinel or Lillaz. After we warm back up, we can review and practice our new found skills from yesterday. Always keeping the enjoyment factor high and the fear factor low, it is our instructors aim to ensure that you progress each day at 'your' level. It is worth mentioning that learning to skate also helps with other sports, making it an excellent form of 'cross-training'. It will enhance your balance, co-ordination, aerobic and muscular strength and tone, all while enjoying gliding along looking at beautiful views. And with 55km's (35 miles) of ski trails many regional and national cross country ski competitions like the Marcia Gran Paradiso take place in the Cogne valley. 

    In the afternoon we will spend time consolidating our skills, but at your own pace. We will make short tours over easy angled terrain through stunning mountain and woodland scenery. After a second day of exercising in fresh mountain air, return to the hotel for some chill out time and make use of the hotel jacuzzi and sauna before dinner.

  • Today we plan to put all our skills into practice and make a longer tour that can be adapted to suit all levels reached so far. Our aim is to ski to the beautiful upper valley of Valnontey. This snow filled valley is famous for ice climbing, and it is possible to see ice climbers tackling the spectacular frozen waterfalls that line the valley on both sides. We will stop for lunch at the charming family run Albergo of La Barme. Think heavy stone tiles on the roof, ancient woodwork, and a tiny hamlet of old wooden houses.

    After lunch we tour further on undulating trails by the rivers edge to the head of the valley. It's often possible to spot ibex and chamois on the valley slopes and in the woods close to the trails. Our return journey includes some enjoyable downhill sections which can again be adapted or avoided(!) to suit!

    A final Italian meal and over night concludes this Skate Ski Break, where we hope you have enjoyed both the cross country skiing and the charm of the Italian Alps.

  • Today is departure day and your private minibus transfer will collect you after an early breakfast from your hotel. For full details consult the 'Arrival & Departure' section under Trip Information. 

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

You can be assured we spend a lot of time and effort researching the best accommodation available for the standard of your trip. Where possible we use family run establishments with a reputation for hospitality and food. Your booking is based on two people sharing a bedroom. On some trips a single room may be available on request for a supplementary fee. However, single rooms can be limited in number so do contact us as soon as possible to discuss this. 

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.

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. 


  • Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted. 

    Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions, for example, we may not be able to stop and have lunch at a mountain farm as stated in the itinerary, because the farm has had to react to new rules with regard to serving food and drinks. We imagine that there will be many scenarios which might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.

    When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.

  • 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.

    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.  

     

  • 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 includes lightweight track skating skis (not fishscale or waxing skis), Salomon (or similar) boots, bindings and poles. The total ski hire for the weekend is expected to be 45 Euros per person. Please make your ski rental payment directly to rental shop.

    To ensure we get the correct sizes 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).

    Your ski pass for the total 3 days is expected to be around 20 Euros. 

  • Skate skiing takes place on a wide, evenly prepared track that has been groomed and pressed. We do not use the same equipment as for 'classic' technique. Skate skis, boots and poles have all been adapted to suit the skating motion and technique. The skis are shorter, stiffer and lighter than 'classic skis', and are narrower at the tip and tail than in the centre. The boots are more rigid to help with the pushing off motion at the end of the stride, and they have ankle support. The poles are longer and should be approximately level with your mouth. 

  • Your safety while skiing is our top priority. All skiers are requested to adhere to the Code of Conduct published by the International Ski Federation, or FIS. The aim is to make you, the skier, aware of how to avoid risks, take responsibility and act thoughtfully while on the cross-country ski tracks. 

    • Respect for others
      A cross-country skier must ski in such a manner that he/she does not endanger or
      prejudice others.
    • Respect for signs, direction and running style
      Trail marking signs must be respected on any trail marked with an indicated
      direction. A skier shall proceed only in that indicated direction and ski in the
      indicated running style.
    • Choice of trails and tracks
      On cross-country trails with more than one packed track, a skier should choose
      the right-hand track. Skiers in groups must keep in the right track behind each other. With free
      running style, skiers shall keep to their right-hand-side of the trail.
    • Overtaking
      A skier is permitted to overtake and pass another skier to the left or right. A skier ahead is not obliged to give way to an overtaking skier, but should allow a faster skier to pass whenever this is possible.
    • Encounter
      Cross-country skiers meeting while skiing opposite directions shall keep to their
      right. A descending skier has priority.
    • Poles
      A cross-country skier shall make the utmost effort to keep his poles close to his/her
      body when near another skier.
    • Control of speed
      A cross-country skier, and especially going downhill, shall always adapt his/her
      speed to personal ability and to the prevailing terrain and visibility and to the
      traffic on the course. Every skier should keep a safe distance from the skiers ahead. As a last resort, an intentional fall should be used to avoid collision.
    • Keeping trails and tracks clear
      A skier who stops must leave the trail. In the case of a fall, he/she shall clear the trail
      without delay.
    • Accident
      In case of an accident, everyone should render assistance.
    • Identification
      Everybody at an accident, whether witnesses, responsible parties or not, must
      establish their identity. 
  • 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 'skate’ style cross country track skis for this trip .

    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 to 25 litres with waist and chest strap
    • Waist belt - if you have one and it is large enough it is a better option than a rucksack as it will allow your back muscles to work fully
    • Rucksack waterproof cover or liner to keep contents dry
    • Water container - 1 litre 

    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)
    • Warm hat
    • Sun hat
    • Head/ear band 
    • Duvet jacket (or second warm layer)
    • Scarf or 'Buff' for neck
    • Socks - 2 or 3 pairs

    Comfort

    • Lip salve
    • Sunscreen - essential
    • Sunglasses - essential
    • 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

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

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

  • During this weekend you will be introduced to the 'skate' style of skiing. This is cross country skiing, but it is one of the two different techniques/disciplines used today to travel across the snow. Our aim will be to introduce you to the basics of 'skating' with a view to skiing on relatively flat terrain. We will then begin to look at how to tackle ascents and descents and explain the different techniques required to do so. When asked to define the two different disciplines, 'skating' and 'classic' we would suggest that 'classic' is designed for journeying and that 'skate' is about exercise.

    A brief history

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

    At the beginning skate skiing was engulfed in controversy. Those competing in 'classic' style races were using the skating motion to gain speed and power past their rivals much to the dismay of officials who feared the true and original 'classic' technique was being lost. America’s Bill Koch first observed the skate motion at a Swedish marathon, then applied it to win the 1982 World Cup of Cross Country skiing. Five years later World Championship and Olympic cross-country skiing was transformed. Now there were as many medals for Freestyle, in which skating is permitted, as would be awarded for Classic, in which skating is prohibited. Today skating is a major feature of any cross country skiing competitive event. 

    You can read more on the history and development of skating here

  • 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 £150 for winter 2021. 

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class ski instructors who are passionate about their work. 

    Your ski instructor will be a BASI qualified, or equivalent, Nordic Ski Instructor. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors and is one of Europe's leading examining boards for those choosing a career in snow sports. For some countries your ski instructor will hold the national qualification required for the country you are visiting. All are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    In the majority of cases your instructor will also be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. 

    Please note your 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. 

    You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page. 

  • For this trip where you are centre-based, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all weekend, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, please note that not all the hotels we use have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom and this might involve climbing several flights of stairs. We would suggest that luggage with wheels is generally a good idea.

  • 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 European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. 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.

2021

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What's Included

  • Half-board accommodation for 4 nights, based on two people sharing in a 3* hotel
  • Use of the hotel Spa la Baita; jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna, etc, bathrobe, towels and slippers included 
  • 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
  • Three full days of days of 'skate' instruction by an first class/experienced Instructor
  • Transfers to/from Milan Malpensa airport, Italy to your hotel
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Massages
  • Ski hire 
  • Ski passes 

The hotel was immaculate and the staff were really attentive. Cogne itself is such a beautiful place to stay. My highlight was the final day, putting all my skills together on some stunning trails in Valnontey with some great views of the Gran Paradiso.

I loved it. The hotel - Gran Paradis, the guide - Mark, the valleys, the skate skiing, the coaching, and the fellow skiers.

Hard to improve, every little thing was thought through, considered and tailored, really impressed, espcially as I ended up going on my own as my husband couldn’t make it and these trips are ideal for a single person joining a smaller or even larger group.

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From Price £895
Holiday Type Skate Skiing
Duration 5 Days
Group Size 4-8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1682m (5516ft)
Countries Visited Italy
Meet In Milan Malpensa Airport, Italy
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Skate Ski Racing in the Transju'

Why book with T&T?

  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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