Swiss Alps Ski: Gorgeous Goms!
Swiss Alps Cross Country Skiing, Obergoms Valley
Swiss Skate Ski
Swiss Skate Ski
Swiss Alps Ski: Gorgeous Goms!
Swiss Alps Ski: Gorgeous Goms!

Swiss Skate Skiing

Skate Skiing in Switzerland

This is a great week of cross country skiing dedicated to improving your 'skate' skiing. Skate skiing evolved in the 1980's as a separate discipline to the 'classic' style of cross country skiing. Instead of imitating a running motion on skis 'classic' style, 'skate' skiing echoes the same motion as ice skating. It is graceful, powerful and the perfect all-over body workout. 

The tracks in the Obergoms Valley offer perfect skating terrain that is mostly flat or gently undulating. If you have tried 'skate' skiing and now want to improve then this trip is for you. Reliable conditions and up to 100 kms (62 miles) of ski trails offer something for everyone in this 'Swiss chocolate box' winter wonderland.


  • Five days of first class 'skate' ski instruction
  • Ski from village to village on easy trails
  • Train travel in the Obergoms Valley included
  • Reliable snow conditions, and great skiing
  • Single rooms available on request

The Obergoms is renowned for its first class cross country skiing. The area is a mecca for cross country skiers from throughout the world who want to enjoy a quieter part of Swiss Alps and explore 'La vallee de Conches' the valley of the church bells. Here you will join the dedicated 'skate' crew who come from all over the Alps to enjoy the trails in the Obergoms. With the help of the local train, included with your ski pass, we can explore new trails every day.

Our teacher Barbara was delightful. Friendly, kind, very knowledgeable of the area and a great cross country skier. She was very helpful in helping me attempt to improve my skate skiing technique. Plus she made it fun! 

- Jane, UK - Feb 22

I had a wonderful week in the Obergoms. The hotel was very nice indeed. Very cross country skiing orientated. Very clean and friendly and the food was very good.

- Jane, UK - Feb 22


  • Welcome to the Obergoms! Situated at the source of the Rhône river where the local language is Swiss German this beautiful sunny open valley is quite simple a cross country skiers paradise! 

    Our accommodation is situated in Reckingen village, half way along the valley, perfectly situated to easily access the ski trails, the train to neighbouring villages and tourist attractions for any rest days. There is a small shop, bakery and a few cafes/bars. Other facilities such as: sports shops, ATMs, post office, supermarkets etc are available further along the valley in either Munster, Ulrichen or Oberwald.

    Upon arrival, if time allows, relax in the hotel sauna before meeting your ski group, at approximately 1830 hrs, followed by enjoying a home cooked meal.

  • This morning we ask that you make your way by train to collect your rental skis in the village of Ulrichen from Gommersport. Your ski instructor will meet you here in time for your first ski lesson.

    Skiing from Ulrichen, enjoy the peaceful and scenic river trails which offer an excellent and easy introduction to the valley. Each village has its own picturesque landscape and maintains its mountain traditions. The continually tracked and groomed ski pistes have many detours where we can lengthen or shorten our day.

    Initially you will spend time on flat terrain doing some exercises to warm the muscles without skis.

    Next step is skis on, and some simple drills to remind your body of the skating motion. Today is very much about doing various exercises and drills that will promote confidence and enjoyment on your skis. The aim of your Instructor is always to make sure you get the most out of your week whether that be small improvements, or major changes in your skiing over the five days.

    We will make our way along the valley to the wonderful old village of Münster. Usually we stop for lunch here, and take time to enjoy the views and the photo opportunities. Once we reach Münster you can choose to either catch the train or on to Reckingen. If you choose the train you might like to know your train ticket is included in your ski pass, and you can just jump on whenever you feel you have had enough and head back for a sauna!

  • Today we ski almost from the hotel door in Reckingen, the oldest mountain village in the Goms. The oldest finds come from graves of the Hallstatt period (500 BC) and are supplemented by Celtic and Roman finds. Between the skiing its worth visiting the church (1743-45) which is the most important baroque sacral buildings in the Upper Valais as well as traditional buildings such as the sawmill, the mill, the bell foundry, the bakehouse and washhouse.

    We spend time this morning looking at 'skate 2' and teaching the movement pattern required. 'Skate 2' should be your main skate motion, and the foundation for the other skate patterns.

    As part of this week your Instructor may offer to film your ski technique and offer advice and suggestions for any improvements. This is, of course, optional but film is one of the best ways to provide feedback and for you to understand how you skate. Often viewing your ski technique is the best way to 'get it', and understand your challenges and how to achieve 'your' goals.

    A refreshment stop at Reckingen, where the farmer and his wife serve excellent coffee and cake, is a must.

  • Today we start by taking the local train to the head of the valley at Oberwald where in the winter the road ends at the foot of the Grimsel & Furka passes underneath the Rhône River source at the Rhône Glacier. Since 1850, Oberwald has been one of the pioneering communities of tourism in the Alps.

    All of the villages in Obergoms valley are truly wonderful, made up of old traditional houses of dark brown or black weathered wood with a topping of snow, red window shutters and Oberwald is no exception. 

    Being situated at 1368m (4488ft), Oberwald offers reliable snow throughout the winter months. Skaters have the perfect practice terrain. Flat, wide open trails that offer loops on well groomed snow ideal for re-fining your technique. Then behind the old town forest trails, often likened to Finland, wind their way around the river moraine.

    Our aim is to help you achieve any goals you have chosen to set yourself. On the other hand you can just enjoy the skiing, eat cake, drink coffee and visit the sauna - it's not a boot camp!

  • Depending on the weather and conditions we have a choice for our sight-skiing day. We will either take a trip to the 'other side' or up a cable car to see the Aletch glacier.

    In the winter months the road ends at Oberwald as the heavy snows make the famous Furka Pass impassable. However, the train keeps running and takes a route forged straight through the mountain under the Furka Pass via a tunnel which was opened in 1982. This morning we will take the train, and after about 25 minutes we will emerge in the next Swiss canton of Uri at the tiny community of Realp. We continue to the famous alpine town of Andermatt where we can enjoy skiing the local trails, and take lunch in the town which has a more Germanic influence that the 'other side' in the Obergoms Valley.

    The train ticket through to Andermatt is not included.

    Alternatively we have the option to visit Blitzingen, 1290m (4232ft) and its four hamlets with chapels in the sun-soaked Lower Goms. The route takes us through woodland, over rivers and past old settlements. We then continue to Niederwald the birthplace of internationally famous hotel pioneer Caesar Ritz, whose name still graces hotels in almost all major cities in the world. Refreshments are often in the wonderful old cafe of "Drei Tannen", where there's a feeling of having stepped back in time. Then at lunchtime take the Obergoms train down to Fiesch where you can travel by cable car to a viewpoint overlooking the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.

    The train to Fiesch is included with your ski pass. The return cable car ticket is not included.

    For these additional costs refer to the 'What's Not Included' section under Dates & Prices.

  • Our final days skiing is back in the Obergoms valley where it's time to set your own challenge! The route known as the "Loipe Goms" runs a total of 26 km (16.3 miles) between Niederwald, at 1251m (4103ft), and Oberwald at 1368m (4487ft). We will set off from Oberwald heading for Niederwald letting gravity help our skating as we will be heading very gently downwards. En route we pass all the lovely old villages which line the valley with their ancient farms and barns where the farming traditions of the area are actively preserved. These wonderful old buildings are made of wood which has been weathered to a dark brown colour or in some cases black, with the passage of time. There is certainly plenty to look at as we make our way along by the river, and indeed plenty of cafes and restaurants to pause for a rest and a 'refuel'. If at any point you feel you want to have a more relaxed approach to this day you can simply hop on the train at one of the many stops.

  • Today is departure day, most likely on the local train?

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. 


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, what we call a 'twin' meaning two single beds in one 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. We use one of several hotels along the Obergoms valley, depending on availability, and those are listed below.

Hotel Nufenen, Ulrichen


The 3 * Hotel Nufenen, in the village of Ulrichen, is a traditional, family run hotel. It has a reputation for its super friendly staff, that can help you with everything you need to have great experience during your stay. This, combined with the easy access to the xc trails, will ensure that you have a great holiday.

Hotel Blinnenhorn, Reckingen


Located in Reckingen half way along the Goms Valley, the 3* Hotel Blinnenhorn enjoys a sunny location with panoramic mountain views at 1300m (4265 ft). In 2018, Ines und Bruno Wolfisberg took over running the hotel and have since renovated many of the rooms, also adding a guest sauna which is always welcome after a day on the trails. 

All rooms are furnished in a traditional Valaisian style and offer satellite TV, a safe, ensuite bathroom with a hairdryer. The restaurant offers a range of local dishes and a fireplace in the dining room creates a cosy and warm atmosphere.

Hotel Joopi, Reckingen

The Hotel Joopi is a small family run hotel with character, and is conveniently situated near the train station at Reckingen which makes arrival very easy. It is designed in a typically Swiss style and built from local wood. The hotel is well know for its food and hospitality. You can also book a relaxing massage to ease your muscles at the end of a ski day. Various styles of massage can be booked from hot stone, to reflexology. We suggest you do this in advance direct with the hotel. Double and twin rooms have balconies with mountain views. 

  • The Obergoms valley is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. Within Switzerland the trains are by the far the easiest and most efficient way to travel. Visitors can obtain a holiday/ visitors card from SBB which enables you reduced rate rail from/to airports to your holiday destination and throughout your stay in Switzerland. Times and prices vary depending on the length of your stay. For further details please refer to the Swiss Railway website.

    The closest airports are Sion & Bern (2.5hrs), then Zurich (3.5/4hrs), or Geneva is a little bit further away (4hrs) - all times are by train. By road the Obergoms is 2.5hrs from Chamonix, 1.5hrs from Martigny.

    To find out more about the region then please visit: Obergoms and Andermatt Gotthard Tourismus.

  • 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.

  • The cross country skiing equipment we will use features lightweight skate skis,  NNN (or similar) boots, bindings and poles. The total ski hire for the 5 days is 144CHF per person for winter 2022. We ask that you pay this sum directly to the ski shop by cash or credit card.

    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 plus 10cm's (for ski pole hire).

    Ski passes can be purchased when you arrive and include the use of the train in the Obergoms valley. The latest prices are available here. A one-week pass is 77 CHFs in 2024. 

    If during your week we do a day trip to the Andermatt valley the price for this train and ski pass is approximately 38CHF for a return in 2024. 

    Depending on the accommodation available at the time of booking we either rent skis from Pische Sport in Oberwald or Gommersport in Ulrichen.


  • 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. 


    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 
    • Whistle


    • 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


    • 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


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

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use at accommodation
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Travel Kettle if required 
    • Hair dryer if required - not all hotels provide one
    • 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
    • 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 £500.

  • 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. 

  • This trip is designed as a continuation from our ‘Beginner’ holidays. We will start with re-visiting the basic skills to control speed and direction, and how to snowplough to bring your skis to a stop. Expect to ski on a mixture of flat and gently undulating terrain, all on prepared trails. We will help you develop your skills to allow you to confidently travel on a variety of terrain, both uphill and downhill. Time will be spent each day doing exercises/drills, which will improve your overall technique. Each day we will aim to do a short journey to give you time to consolidate your technique. At all times you can expect a high level of instruction and support. Time on skis will be between 4-5 hours covering between 10-15 km (6-9.4 miles) per day, with the possibility for one longer, but relaxed day, of between 20-25 km (12.5-15.6 miles)

    For our ‘Skate skiing’ trips the description above applies for the main part, but with the emphasis on improving and fine tuning your ‘skate’ technique. You should already have a basic skate and knowledge of ‘skate 2’ for this trip, and be prepared to develop ‘skate 1’ for hill climbs.

    One of the wonderful things about the Obergoms Valley is the train line which runs along the valley with services throughout the day. Your ski pass includes free train travel making it very easy for you to opt out of any part of the day. If you are tired you just hop on the train!

  • 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, the most important of which is food waste. In general our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you purchase your own snacks rather than throw away items from the picnic lunch which we would supply.

    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 the day. Buying snacks and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with local people and to practise your language skills.

    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 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. In all cases we would ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks the evening before you depart, and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • 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 often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free. 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 are vegetarian his 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 contact us

    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.

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.


    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut 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.

    Due to rising temperatures in the summer months some mountain huts are having to restrict water usage. Which may mean that you are unable to shower in some mountain refuges.

    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. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. 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 ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

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

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    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. 

  • We believe in team work, and enjoy working with other small high quality companies. In this respect due to the specialised nature of our holidays, we co-sell a number of trips with 'partner' companies. All the trips being sold by Tracks and Trails are organised by Tracks and Trails, but you may find guests from other companies on your trip. Partners are carefully selected to ensure they reflect our ethos and standards. By encouraging other companies to sell our trips it means 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. We guarantee that companies with whom we work will offer the same price package. If you have any questions about this policy contact us and we will be happy to discuss it with you. 

What's Included

  • Dinner, bed and breakfast in a 3* hotel or similar, based on two people sharing
  • Five days of skate ski instruction with a fully qualified BASI Nordic Instructor or equivalent
  • Optional video analysis of your technique
  • Train travel in the Goms Valley with your ski pass

What's Not Included

  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Ski hire 
  • Ski passes
  • Train to Andermatt or Cable Car to the Aletch Glacier
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Grade: Improvers


At a Glance

From Price £1825
Holiday Type Skate Skiing
Duration 7 Days
Group Size 8
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1400m (4593ft)
Countries Visited Switzerland
Meet In Reckingen, Switzerland
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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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