A skier who began with us several years ago as a beginner and who is now a great cross country skier. Well done, Jim!
Ski Skills: Be a better skier
Putting our new found skills into practice on a ski journey in the sunset. Glorious!
Venabu has the most fabulous food. Every day for breakfast, and for dinner it is buffet style and a case of eat as much as you wish. 
Ski Skills: Be a better skier
Morning warm up exercises to get those muscles moving. A vital part of preparing for your day on skis. 

Ski Skills: Be a Better Skier


Improve your cross country skiing

Do you want to improve your ski skills, and get more out of your ski holidays? Take on more challenging terrain and enjoy our long-distance journeys with confidence? Then this is the trip for you!

We are offering a unique and innovative approach to improving your skiing which will integrate outstanding ski coaching with ski specific pilates and movement analysis. Above all we aim for this week to be fun and stimulating while recognising that the foundation of good skiing is strength and balance. We identify how you can improve this, and what action is required. You will have two highly experienced coaches who will analyse your technique and posture providing a greater understanding of cross country skiing. Pulling all of these elements together will without doubt enhance your performance. All our trips feature first class tuition, but this week is specifically aimed at improving your performance on skis.

Highlights

  • Expert teaching and coaching with two BASI Instructors
  • A clear individual action plan to develop your skiing
  • A supportive environment with a relaxed atmosphere
  • Excellent venue with great facilities for teaching
  • Over 140km (87 miles) of cross country ski tracks
  • Follow up session with your coach after the course
  • Excellent 'cross training' benefits for your other sports
  • No ski pass required, the tracks are free
  • Daily ski specific pilates session
  • Evening talk on the art of 'waxing'
  • Ski hire and waxes all included

This is to a course open to anyone who wants to get more out of their skiing, you do not need to be an athlete just someone who loves to ski! It is a holiday, but with the focus on helping you get the very best out of your sport. Our venue is Venabu, in Norway where each day we can ski right from the door of our hotel. This family run hotel is the perfect location for ski training with a variety of Nordic terrain, and a great snow record. The hotel's friendly atmosphere, good facilities, and fabulous food enable you to enjoy both top level ski coaching and a relaxed holiday mood. 

First class coaches

You will have two excellent coaches during this week. Ewen Martin, probably one of the most experienced cross country trainers to be found and qualified to the highest level. Engaging, entertaining and hugely knowledgeable he will without doubt improve your skiing. Your other coach focusing on identifing movement and strength issues is Joy O'Flanagan a qualified Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor and Mindfulness coach. In addition Joy is also a BASI Nordic Instructor, and works full time in Norway in winter teaching cross country. You will be in great hands! Read full details of your coaches here.

Cross training benefits

Cross country skiing is an excellent sport that crosses over into your other sports and activities. In winter it is a great way for runners to keep form and stamina, while developing balance and endurance. One huge benefit is it allows you to very nearly mimic running with little or no impact, and it can actually help you address weaknesses and improve performance.


Itinerary

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  • This evening your ski coaches, who are fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructors, will meet you at your hotel to join you for dinner. Due to the Norwegian tradition of eating early, normally around 1830hrs, we find that it is often more relaxing for your instructors to give you a full briefing the following morning over coffee.

    The week ahead is about improving your skiing, but we want to reassure you that our aim is that your skiing experience is enjoyable and takes place in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. 

  • This morning you begin your journey that will end with you being a better more confident skier able to take on more challenging terrain. 

    In the morning we will meet in the waxing room where your coaches will explain anything you need to know about how to wax your skis for the day ahead. A 'waxing' ski is more efficient and faster than the 'fish scale' skis that are often used in the Alps and other countries where the temperature is less consistent than that to be found in Norway. Waxing, once you understand it, is a pleasure. The more effort and technique you put into waxing your skis will be reward with an enhancement of your performance. 

    You will then head outdoors and there will be warm up drills followed by a session where your coaches will analyse your skiing and provide an assessment of your current technique. 

    After lunch we will focus on understanding and developing the foundations of good skiing; good posture, balance and weight transfer. This will be done through off-snow exercises indoors, followed by a session on the snow when you can put it all into practice. 

    At the end of the afternoon there will be another indoor session looking at movement awareness followed by a recovery session to reaffirm your learning and prepare for the following ski day. Our daily recovery sessions will be ski specific Pilates which will help your performance and strengthen muscles required to improve your technique on skis. 

    This evening there will be an optional talk by Ewen on ski 'waxing' and the use of 'grip' waxes. In Norway we use grip waxes on the base of the ski rather than 'fish scales'. This is the traditional way of skiing in Scandinavia. Put simply you apply a grip wax on the base of the ski on the 'kick zone' under your boots. The 'grip' wax depends on the temperature of the snow and the more care you put into its application the greater your skis performance. 

  • This morning after our daily ski waxing session we will head to the extensive network of tracks that Venabu offers, over 140 kms ( 87.5 miles) of prepared trails in varied mountain terrain, with summits up to 1400m (4592ft). 

    We wil be aiming to do a ski journey during which we will look at breaking down the classic ski techniques to make each aspect easily understandable. It is often a case of 'movement patterns' and recognising that by adopting the correct movement you are able to enhance your skiing. Many of us develop bad habits where our movement on skis is not as efficient or smooth as it could be to the detriment of our ski technique. 

    In the afternoon we will introduce you to specific exercises to improve these movement patterns that will cover the different techniques used for classic cross country skiing. 

    At the end of our ski season we will head indoors for a hot drink and a movement awareness and recovery session. 

  • After another of Venabu's fabulous breakfast we will begin our day with an indoor session. We will use training and ski coaching techniques to refine your understanding of the movement required on skis. Once we have warmed up through these drills and exercises we will head back to the snow. 

    Our aim during this outdoor session will be to video your skiing. We find that our guests really benefit from being themselves ski. We all have an idea in our heads about what we are doing, and how we are doing it, but often it is only brought home by seeing a film of your technique. We often find that the reaction is "I thought I was doing what you had suggested, but it's clear I am not!" Seeing yourself on film is hugely beneficial to improving your skiing and often any desired changes in technique can be achieved quickly once you have seen your performance. We are not talking 'Oscars' but it rarely fails in terms of improving your skiing! 

    In the afternoon we will analyses your video and identify the fundamental elements of your skiing that require further development. We will then give you an action plan which can be implemented during a further indoor session. Once we feel everyone has 'got it' we will head back outdoors to put it all into practice. 

    Once we finish outside we will lead what by now has become our daily movement awareness and recovery session. By this time you may well be ready to enjoy the sauna!

    This evening there will be an optional session on 'Mindfulness' which will be run by Joy who is a qualified practitioner. This one hour session will include an explanation of 'Mindfulness' and some practices. Put simply it helps us understand how our mind works, and how our mind influences what we do in our lives. In this respect the session will look at how 'Mindfulness' can help your skiing. 

     

     

  • You should by now have a good understanding of how the ski wax works, and be enjoying our morning sessions in the cosy ski room at Venabu. Once you have prepared your skis for the day ahead we will once again take to the snow. 

    Today it's all about 'downhill'! Yes, we know that this is often the most challenging aspect of cross country skiing. Skinny skis and lightweight boots are wonderful but, of course, they often do not appear to offer the support you may sometimes wish for. To be able to enjoy your skiing it is important you feel confident and comfortable on any type of terrain and for many skiers the 'downhill' is the most challenging aspect. However, once mastered the world of skiing and ski journeys really opens up and you may find yourself signing up for more challenging and exciting trips. 

    During the morning we will take time to focus on all aspects of descent techniques. This session will include step turns, snow ploughs and snow plough turns. Believe downhills should be fun, and not feared!

    After lunch we will 'chill out' with a ski journey when you will be able to relax, enjoy the skiing, and consolidate your learning. 

    Once we return to our hotel, hot drinks all round, and our daily movement awareness and recovery session. Followed, of course, by sauna time!

  • This morning we will once again gather in the waxing room, and by now you should be confident with waxing technique and have realised that it is only a matter of a few minutes to get your skis ready for the snow. You may even be a total convert, and no longer see it as a 'dark art'. 

    Our goal today is to bring together everything you have learned in the course of this week. We will leave the hotel to explore the Venabu tracks with the aim of a full day of ski touring, around 20-25km (12-15 miles). The great thing about a journey is that you get time to settle into a rhythm and get in tune with your movement and 'feel' how the skis react to the way they are pressured. A proficient 'kick and glide' should be effortless or at least appear that way! Once you have the technique perfected you can be sure of travelling long distances with minimum effort. 

    We will enjoy our packed lunch somewhere in the wilds of Venabu, and at the end of the afternoon we will return to the hotel for hot drinks, and our daily movement awareness and recovery session with ski specific Pilates. 

    Tonight you have the chance to join Ewen's talk on 'Ski Racing' when he will provide personal insight into the world of nordic competition. Ewen is an entertaining speaker, and is excellent at engaging his audience. He will talk about why people race, how you can prepare for it, and what it is like to participate in some of the world's most famous long distance ski races such as the Norwegian 'Birkebeiner'. Many of our guests participate in races just for the sheer fun of being part of a major event. It's not about winning, but taking part!

     

  • Today is your final day of the trip and we will help you bring together all your new skills and technique in the course of the day. 

    After our morning waxing session and ski preparation we will head to Venabu's trials to enjoy a day of skiing that will hopefully involve your recognising your own development and improvements during the week. 

    In the course of the day we will help you to work on whatever specific aspects of your skiing have been identified as needing improvement during the week. 

    By the end the day we will have created a personal action plan that you can take away with you, that will include your own physical and mental training needs along with technical ski development. 

    This week is about improving but it is also about having fun on the snow, and our coaches will have done their utmost to ensure it has been an enjoyable journey. 

  • This morning you will transfer from your hotel at Venabu to Ringebu station for the train journey to Oslo airport. Many of our guests opt to spend an extra night in Oslo to enjoy this cosmopolitan city. You could, of course, choose to begin with a night in Oslo at the start of your journey.

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

Venabu Fjellhotel

Hotel

Venabu always captures the hearts of those who stay there. It is a simple hotel built in typical Norwegian style, family-run and with a very relaxed and hospitable atmosphere. It is without doubt the 'atmosphere' at Venabu that our guests love. A true cross country ski hotel where everyone 'lives and breathes' Nordic skiing. The meals are a highlight of the week, copious Norwegian style buffets for both breakfast and dinner. 

Facilities include a superb dining room, with views to the Rondane Mountains, a bar, saunas, dedicated space for yoga/pilates classes, a fitness room, and TV lounge. There is also a large ski waxing room with ski hire and shop, as well as a souvenir shop. All rooms are en suite with shower, and toilet and are non-smoking.

Rooms at the Venabu Fjellhotel come in two categories with the East Wing being the standard rooms (included in our price) or rooms in the newer West Wing which are larger, but normally have twin beds rather than a double bed. If you are interested in upgrading, for which there will be a supplementary fee, then do contact us for prices. 


  • Norway is easily reached with various international airlines offering direct flights from the UK and elsewhere in Europe to Oslo Gardermoen airport. Flights can also be taken to Torp airport, but please note you will need to allow enough time to transfer to Oslo Gardermoen for your train journey north.

    The train station at Oslo Gardermoen is located inside the airport terminal and is just a few minutes from the arrivals area. It makes connecting to your train for your journey to Ringebu very easy. On your arrival day a group transfer from Ringebu train station to your hotel is included in your trip cost, and also from your hotel back to Ringebu on your departure day. 

    Arriving

    If you are arriving at Oslo Gardermoen airport you will take the train north to Ringebu where your transfer will meet you and take you into the fabulous landscape that is Venabu. The train journey is a delight in itself offering great views of the Norwegian countryside. The trains are modern and comfortable and have drinks facilities, and free wifi.

    Tickets are easily purchased on line at NSB and if you book in advance there is a considerable discount with fares from around 249 NOK for the return journey. You can choose to collect them on the train which makes taking the train north very easy. You should aim to catch the 1429 hrs train from Oslo Gardermoen airport to Ringebu, arriving at Ringebu at 1652 hrs.

    There is also the possibility of taking a special bus which leaves the airport in Oslo on Saturdays to go direct to Venabu Fjellhotel. The cost of this will be 450 NOK one way. Please contact us for details. 

    Departing

    For the return journey in March we are awaiting clarification of train times, but the group transfer included in your trip fee will be the time that suits the majority of the group. It is anticipated this will either be the 0629 hrs or 1209 hrs train from Ringebu arriving at the airport at 0901 hrs and 1432 hrs respectively. All train timetables are published just 3 months in advance. 

    Please check all travel arrangements with us before you book your flights and trains. You can, of course, take alternative trains both on the arrival and departure days but this may incur a small supplement if it requires a special journey by the hotel taxi and is out with the hours of the group transfer.

     

  • You must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity, including helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. We also advise you take out Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance in the event of you being unable to join the trip. The insurance referred to should only be purchased AFTER we have confirmed your trip is guaranteed to run. 

    The insurance clause set out in our 'Terms and Conditions' is below:

    Insurance: It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, cost of repatriation, and personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the trip. For tours taking place outside the United Kingdom you must ensure that your insurance covers rescue from the mountains, including helicopter rescue. It is the right of the leader to make a decision to call for helicopter rescue if such assistance is needed. Costs incurred by you, the client, due to an evacuation, rescue or other emergency shall be your responsibility. Any subsequent costs incurred for expenses, not limited to but including such costs as hotels, food, transport etc, shall be borne by you, the client. You are responsible for ensuring insurance cover is adequate for the particular needs of your chosen activity. You must be fully aware of the implications involved in arranging your own travel insurance and understand the limitations and exclusions of the policy. By agreeing to our Terms and Conditions you are authorising Tracks and Trails Ltd, or the person employed to lead the trip for Tracks and Trails Ltd, to instigate rescue and/or helicopter evacuation procedures without previously obtaining the permission of the company issuing your insurance policy. We reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time if we are not satisfied you have the necessary insurance policy covering your activity. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip then please contact us for specific details. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres (9840ft), except the Tour de Monte Rosa which reaches 3316m (10,877ft). You must bring all insurance documentation with you at the time of the activity. We also recommend your insurance covers you for trip cancellation and baggage loss/damage. Tracks and Trails Ltd are unable to accept responsibility for the loss or damage to any client equipment or luggage.

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

  • Winter temperatures in Scandinavia are 'according to the locals' warmer in recent years than previously which is why we now run trips in the months of January, and February, as well as March and April. Even in January when the daylight hours are short we find that we have more than enough time for skiing. We have never yet had guests feeling they were losing out in terms of ski hours by booking in January or February. There is a special pleasure to starting your ski day in the sunrise, and skiing back with the sunset. 

    Historically temperatures in December have averaged -8°Celsius (17.4°F), in January -9.7°Celsius (14.5°F), in February -9.2°Celsius (15.4°F), in March -6.6°Celsius (20.1°F), and in April -2.3°Celsius (27.9°). 

    We have found over the years that these temperatures have not been unpleasant nor have any guests had problems dealing with the weather as it is generally a 'dry' cold, and of course this helps create great snow and therefore great ski tracks. If we do experience a cold snap where temperatures drop then we ensure that everyone is appropriately clothed and kitted out for the ski day. In this respect energy snacks and a thermos with a hot drink are a great comfort! 

    If you are booked on one of our 'Advanced' or 'Challenging' point-to-point journeys and we experience very cold temperatures eg -15°Celsius (5°F) then we would expect you to be able to be efficient and keep moving and to manage your comfort. 

     

  • King Bore - 'King of Winter' from Nordic mythology says he can't promise anything, but in Venabu they begin to prepare the tracks as soon as they have enough snow in December and continue until mid-April or after Easter. Venabu has a good reputation as a 'snow sure' venue, and we have found that to be true. It offers 140 kms ( 87.5 miles) of prepared trails in varied mountain terrain, with summits up to 1400m (4592ft).

  • We use 'classic' style cross country track skis for this trip. At Venabu we do things the Norwegian way, and our hire skis from the hotel are 'waxing' skis. This is also a great opportunity to learn the art of waxing and your instructor will provide daily waxing sessions to ensure you get the best out of the skis. Grip waxes are the traditional way of travelling on skis, and give greater glide than 'fishscales'. Don't be confused by all of this, just ask your instructor! We are always delighted to help you enjoy the whole Nordic experience.

    To ensure we get the correct sizes equipment 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. For this trip the hire cost is included.

    You can choose to bring your own 'classic' track skis (non-metal edged), however, do check with us first to ensure they are the correct type of ski and boot and are suitable. You can also bring your skis if they are 'fish scales' but with the hire skis included in your trip fee we would urge you to use the 'waxing' skis that will be provided. 'Fishscales' are generally slower than a good waxing ski, and there is less flow in terms of performance.

    Although we don’t include 'skate skiing' in this programme if you bring your own skate skis and would like a skate training session it can be included. Note that you still need to bring your 'classic' skis for this course, or hire them, skate skis are not used for the 'classic' technique on which this course is based. 

    In Norway there is no charge for using the ski tracks and therefore you do not need to buy a ski pass. 

  • The aim of this week is to improve your skiing, but in a fun and relaxed fashion. We recognise that many of our guests ski perhaps just one week every winter, or at the most two, but that you also want to improve year on year. Although every one of our trips is taken by an experienced and qualified Nordic Ski Instructor who will help you to enhance your performance, this trip focuses totally on making you a better skier. 

    We believe it is the only holiday of its kind where we use two professional coaches using a range of specific techniques, and analysis but in a relaxed and friendly way that allows you to not only learn, but to really enjoy the week. 

    In essence it is about improving your understanding, of the balance and movement required to ski well, this may be lack of muscle strength, or due to stiffness, or lack of balance which means you cannot physically do the movement consistently. This is where our coaches come into action, they will assess your skiing, identify the areas you need to work on and by the end of the week you will not only be skiing better but will go away with an action plan. With this in mind you will have exercise you can do to prepare for your next ski holiday before you even see some snow!

    In this respect our daily Pilates sessions will focus on ski specific movement and strengthening exercises. Whatever the result you will leave this week with a greater understanding of your body, how it can be stronger and how you can develop in the future. A great week of fun on skis with a great result!  

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. This is normally 4, and on some occasions 5. 

    In the 'Dates and Prices' section you can hover over the 'Status' button to see how many more bookings are required for your trip to be confirmed. 

    The maximum number of guests that we take on any given trip is indicated in the 'At a Glance' box on the right hand side of the trip page. 

    We will, on occasion, run trips that have not reached the minimum number because our guests have agreed to pay a supplement to allow the trip to go ahead, enabling them to book their travel. If the trip then reaches its minimum number we refund the difference. Do contact us if you wish to discuss this option. 

    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.

  • After we have processed your booking we will send you a comprehensive clothing and equipment list that is appropriate to your trip and activity. There will be some items on this list that we strongly recommend and others which are suggested. Our list is based on our experience of what is needed for any particular trip, but it is not the definitive article! If you have items you like to use then do bring them, but be aware of over-loading your 'day' rucksack with items that are heavy and therefore making the trip more challenging.

    Please contact us if in any doubt about what to bring.

  • 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 £175. 

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and simply a case of sharing out a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. On a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    On many of our cross country ski trips to remote areas there will also be a few additional items to share such as the grip waxes/klisters, spare pole, and snow shovel. These items are shared in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, and insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    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 walking, family, and snowshoeing trips your guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. For our running trips your guide will be an International Mountain Leader, and an experienced mountain 'trail runner'.

    If you have booked on a cross country ski trip you will be with a fully qualified professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor or equivalent. BASI is the British Association of Snowsport Instructors. 

    You will have two very experienced coaches on this trip, and we are delighted they will be running your trip.

    Ewen Martin has been teaching skiing for 30 years; Alpine, Telemark, and Nordic and is a member of the ISIA (International Ski Instructors Association). He also works as a trainer for BASI, (British Association of Snowsport Instructors) teaching and assessing those who wish to become instructors. Ewen’s expertise and enthusiasm enable him to get the very best out of every skier he teaches. He lives and works full time in Norway and speaks fluent Norwegian. You could not be in better hands.

    Joy O’Flanagan is an experienced BASI Nordic Ski Instructor and movement specialist: a fully qualified physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor. Joy is also an International Mountain Leader, and has particpated in several ultra marathons. This will be her third winter working full time as a Ski Instructor at Venabu. She knows every kink in the trail!

    For full details on both your coaches please read our 'About Us' page. 

     

  • This holiday is for you is you want to improve your cross country skiing in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with a focus on technique and movement on skis. Venabu is a fantastic venue for learning and offers some great facilities with the ability to ski literally from the door of the hotel. 

    You need to be an 'intermediate' skier who wants to learn and enjoys the process of learning with the aim of becoming a better skier. You do not need to be an athlete or nordic ski racer, but you do need a reasonable fitness to be able to get the most out of the week and would expect you to be someone who exercises regularly. You can expect a mixture of skiers with different ski backgrounds on this holiday, from those who ski once every few years, to those who ski regularly throughout the winter. 

    We stress that this week is not a 'race' nor is it about being highly competitive with the others on the course. Everyone will benefit from working with our two excellent coaches, and we feel sure you will benefit whatever your goals and aspirations.

    We do offer a 'follow up' session with your coaches during the two months following your trip. This could be feedback on a ski or roller-ski video that you might send us. This session can be done via a phone call or Skype call to discuss how our skiing and training has developed since the course, the choice is yours. Typically this session could be up to one hour in duration. 

  • This is a general statement with regard to luggage and is not specific to your trip. Please read on.

    Point to Point

    The majority of our point-to-point trips have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to wear a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. 

    On some trips which feature a night in a refuge/rifugio/hut your main luggage may not be available that evening due to lack of vehicle access. Your rucksack should be of sufficient capacity to carry a few extra items required for this overnight. Your trip itinerary will indicate on which nights you do not have access to your main luggage. If in any doubt please contact us

    Centre Based

    For our centre based trips, in other words where you are staying in the same accommodation all week, you are welcome to bring whatever luggage you require. However, do refer to the note below with regard to 'size' and the lack of elevators in some hotels. 

    Size of Luggage

    Please note that many hotels do not have elevators. This means you may need to carry your luggage to your bedroom. 

    On our point-to-point trips where your luggage is moved along the route by taxi we ask that you keep the weight to a maximum of 15kgs (33lbs), and ONE bag per person. Many of the taxi companies who move your bags impose a 15kg (33lbs) limit and restrict the number because they have to unload and reload the vehicle each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. 

    Luggage on wheels is a good idea, and as stated you need to be able to carry your luggage to your bedroom which may involve climbing several flights of stairs.  

  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons. We have found our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you choose and buy what you require. Buying supplies and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with the local people and to practise your language skills. 

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening you can choose to order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market and whether you need to purchase items in the evening or if the shop/market is open early enough the next morning not to delay your start. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks in the evening and not in the morning when there may be a queue. 

    Norway and Sweden

    Norway and Sweden are the exception to this rule and these trips include a packed lunch in your trip fee. You can also bring a thermos flask and have it filled with a hot drink. The reason for this is the remoteness of the accommodation and the scarcity of shops. It is the tradition is to create your packed lunch from the breakfast buffet and the choice is usually substantial with something for all tastes. Please note that in every other country making your lunch from the breakfast is NOT considered acceptable.

  • 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. 

    On our walking and running trips which take in the route of the 'Tour du Mont Blanc' you will find that Euros will also be accepted in Switzerland as we are never far from the frontier, but the exchange rate will be poor.

    Below is a list of the currency and the currency symbol for each of the countries where we run trips:

    Italy = Euro/€

    Germany = Euro/€

    Sweden = Krona/SEK

    Norway = Kroner/NOK

    Bulgaria = Lev/BGN

    Switzerland = Swiss Franc/CHF

    Finland, including Lapland = Euro/€

    Spain, including Mallorca = Euro/€

    France, including Corsica = Euro/€ 

    Poland = Zloty/PLN = Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    Czech Republic = Koruna/CZK - Euros will be accepted, but some local currency is advisable

    There are currency exchange facilities/banks in Oslo Airport or you can obtain Norwegian Kroner prior to your arrival. Credit cards will be accepted in the hotels. Oslo airport has a left luggage store available if needed, which is at the east end of the arrivals hall.

  • Food

    On all our trips we prefer if you can experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country we are visiting 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. This trip is not suitable for those who follow a vegan diet or those with other more specific dietary requirements. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but you would need to 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 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 that 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.

    UK residents should obtain and bring with them the 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. 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. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Sat 09 Feb - Sat 16 Feb
Code: BBS
Price: £1725 Spaces available Book
Sat 09 Mar - Sat 16 Mar
Code: BBS
Price: £1725 Spaces available Book

What's Included

  • Six days expert ski and movement coaching
  • Full board accommodation; breakfast, packed lunch, dinner, based on 2 sharing a twin room
  • Individual action plan to support your ski development
  • Follow up session after the course
  • 'Mindfulness for skiing' session
  • Transfers to and from Ringebu railway station
  • Venabu's renowned Norwegian buffet on wednesday evening
  • Use of the hotel saunas and gym
  • Ski hire and waxing
  • Free use of the ski trails, no pass required
  • Tracks and Trails memento - a gift to take home!

 

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities; such as massage, dog sledding etc
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Grade: Intermediate

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At a Glance

From Price £1725
Holiday Type Cross Country Skiing
Duration 8 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 17
Maximum Altitude 1200m (3936ft)
Countries Visited Norway
Meet In Venabu, Norway
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Cross Country Skiing in Norway

Great technique demonstrated in this film by our partners at Leki