Traverse of the Black Forest
Traverse of the Black Forest
Traverse of the Black Forest
Traverse of the Black Forest
Traverse of the Black Forest
Traverse of the Black Forest

Traverse of the Black Forest

Cross country skiing in Germany

This is a cross country skiers paradise! The 'German Black Forest' offers a superb 100km (63 miles) point-to-point ski journey. The complete north to south Black Forest traverse is known as the Fernskiwanderweg. This trip is designed to ski the Traverse 'highlights', but if snow conditions allow we will ski the entire route point-to-point.

This famous 'Grand German Traverse' lies north of Freiburg and Basel, near the borders of France and Switzerland. The skiing, which has been a tradition here since 1890, is all on prepared tracks on classic style 'langlauf' cross country skis.

The Black Forest starts at 150m (492ft) above sea level at the upper reaches of the Rhine River to more than 1400m above sea level in the highest mountains of the southern Black Forest. An extensive network of both long-distance and local cross-country skiing trails makes it possible to cross the length and breadth of the Black Forest. Each day we aim to ski approximately 20km (12.5 miles) whilst carrying just a day pack - when we arrive at our guest house we find our luggage waiting for us


  • Excellent professional ski instruction 
  • Explore the world famous 'Black Forest'
  • No ski pass required, the tracks are free
  • Benefit from the tourist 'Guest Card' 
  • Climb the highest peak in the area - Feldberg at 1493m (4897ft)
  • Step off the trail and enjoy hotels & traditional guest houses
  • All luggage transported daily
  • Single rooms available

Our tour traverses the diverse landscape of the Upper Black Forest staying in lovely guest houses and inns whilst enjoying German hospitality along the way. This 5-day ski journey, between the villages of Schonach im Schwarzwald in the north and Multen/Belchen in the south, climbs some 3200m (10,496ft) whilst keeping an altitude of about 1000m (3280ft) most of the way. We alternate skiing through deep valleys, forests and farming communities.

This was a great holiday. The Black Forest was beautiful in the snow and the views were far reaching. Every day was fun and well organised by Julia. The accommodation was convenient, clean and quiet. There wasn't a 'best moment', it was all very good.

Thank you so much for everything you did to make sure the Black Forest trip worked so well. Thanks too, as ever, for the constant support and encouragement and the great instruction.  I’m really chuffed to have been able to do an actual journey on skis and to have myself progress so much in only 5 days - both technically and psychologically!


  • train
  • accommodation
  • meet in
  • airport
  • route
  • transfer
  • We start our trip by meeting at our hotel in the village of Schonach im Schwarzwald, at 875m (2870ft), a short distance from Triberg and home to the one of world's largest cuckoo clocks! 

    On arrival ask the hotel for your 'Guest Card' to benefit from reduced entrance fees to local sights and to use the bus and trains for free. Triberg is a charming market town and early arrivals may have time to visit the Black Forest Museum and Germany's highest waterfalls.

    This evening your guide will meet you at your accommodation to organise ski hire, brief you on the days ahead, and answer any questions.

  • Your guide will choose the best area to find your ski legs today. Skiing either from Schonach itself if the tracks are prepared or a little higher at Rohrhardsberg which sits at 1152m (3778ft). The trail passes through dense forests over well kept tracks in Nordic rolling terrain, an excellent introduction to the Black Forest. We soon join the Fernskiwanderweg or 'remote ski trail' as it meets a ridge line, it then opens out to a wide meadow and the lovely old chapel at Martinskapelle. We have time to stop for refreshments at the inn and can take a short diversion to visit the spring which is one of the sources of the famous River Danube. A final short climb takes us up to Brend at 1149m (3768ft) which is known as the highest peak in the 'holiday region' of the northern Black Forest. On a clear day you can see across to Feldberg, the Swiss Alps and Vosges mountain ranges. Our hotel is in a remote location and is a beautiful place to stay in the heart of the Black Forest. 

    The statistics below are based on the longest route, however, our day may be less than shown:

    Ascent: 676m (2217ft) Descent: 430m (1410ft) Distance: 21km (13 miles)

  • We begin our ski today with either an easy section of downhill or we we may take a short transfer to the farming village of Waldau where the first Black Forest clock was made in 1664. From Waldau we ski the 'panorama' loipe out around the village picking up the Fernskiwanderweg to 'Thurner' where we meet up with a network of local trails. After a coffee stop at Thurner, whichever trail we choose we will climb up to our high point for the day at Weisstannenhöhe at 1190m (3903ft) where we can be rewarded with superb views of the Feldberg summit at 1493m (4897ft). We return to Waldua where we will spend the night. As with many Black Forest hotels tonight you will be able to relax in the sauna prior to another traditional hearty German supper. 

    The statistics below are based on the longest route, however, our day may be less than shown:

    Ascent: 575m (1886ft) Descent: 660m (2492ft) Distance: 26km (16.2 miles)

  • Known as the 'Pearl of the Black Forest' the lovely ski village of Hinterzarten, is just a short drive away. It  sits close to the shores of Lake Titisee and Feldberg mountain. Home to the 'Schwartzwalder' Ski Museum and famous World Cup ski jumps Hinterzarten reminds us that the tradition of skiing is very important to the people of the Black Forest. Choosing from a variety of ski trails from Hinterzarten we climb through the pine forests all at about 1200m (3936ft), passing hidden lakes, across alpine meadows all beneath the 'crown' of the Black Forest - the mountain of Feldberg. On route our trails passes a typical Black Forest inn where we can stop to refuel with strudel or the classic Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte or Black Forest gâteau before returning to Hinterzarten for our overnight.

    The statistics below are based on the longest route, however, our day may be less than shown:

    Ascent: 533m (1748ft) Descent: 613m (2010ft) Distance: 27km (16.8 miles)

  • Today is the biggest day in both length and height on our 'highlights' tour. Leaving Hinterzarten we rejoin the Fernskiswanderweg trail and over several kilometres gradually climb up to see todays objective - Feldberg mountain! Skiing all on good trails nowhere does the climb feel too much (trust us)! Winding our way through the forest and taking regular breaks we soon reach a short section of un-groomed trail. Here some prefer to stow their skis on their packs and hike. After about 20 minutes we are back onto the groomed 'loipe' and are now above the tree line. A final push and the cut track actually reaches Feldberg summit. At 1493m (4897ft), the highest point of the Black Forest, we are rewarded with fabulous 360 degree panoramic views. The arc of Alps in the south, the Jura and the Vosges in France in the north make a fine picnic spot. From the top a fun and gradual descent picks up a stunning section of trail offering some of the best open views of the Black Forest. We reach the Todtnauer Hütte at 1321m (4332ft) where we can stop for a celebratory hot chocolate and perhaps another strudel! Our trail continues on and mainly down through the forests to the pass of Notschrei at 1120m (3673ft). From Notcherei we will take a bus or private transfer to our overnight accommodation.

    The statistics below are based on the longest route, however, our day may be less than shown:

    Ascent: 1000m (3280ft) Descent: 820m (2689ft) Distance: 28km (17.5 miles)

  • We have various options today to complete our Black Forest 'Highlights' tour. A labyrinth of ski trails this side of Feldberg gives us options to ski either from Todtnauberg village or starting back on the Fernskiwanderweg trail at Notcherei. Either way we have the option to ski to Wiedener Eck  at 1034m (3391ft) for views out to the final main mountain range of the southern Black Forest, Belchen. A short climb takes us onto Hohtannhutte, another popular ski destination, before reaching the small ski resort of Multen/Belchen where we finish our journey. To make transfers simpler for the following day we spend the night at Schönau im Schwarzwald, a short bus ride away, where we end with a final celebratory meal together.

    The statistics below are based on the longest route, however, our day may be less than shown:

    Ascent: 640m (2099) Descent: 780m (2558ft) Distance: 17km (10.6 miles)

  • Today is departure day and the trip finishes after breakfast. With your tourist card, trains and buses leaving the area will be free to airports and main railway stations.

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.


On all of our trips we aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, comfortable, characterful, family run accommodation.

We take time to research, update and view the best options available to us on every trip and the Black Forest is no exception. Feedback from our most recent guests said that we didn’t express this enough. On our Black Forest ski trip on most nights the accommodations have a sauna or ‘wellness’ centre available, the food is excellent and a chance to try local dishes, beers and wines.

The complete Black Forest traverse is approximately 100km (63 miles) which means we will ski anything from between 15-25km (9-15 miles) per day. The accommodation available is varied in its facilities and due to availability we do not always use exactly the same places so it could mean the daily distances on the day to day itinerary vary by a few kilometres.

Detailed below are examples of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable at the time of booking we will use alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

The trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. However on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee.

Landhotel Rebstock, Schonach im Schwarzwald


We meet at our hotel in Schonach im Schwarzwald, in the Black Forest. Our hotel is located on the main street of the village, and has easy access to the local shops. The hotel is very welcoming, and has a small swimming pool and sauna. All room are en suite with private facilities. 

The hotel is directly opposite the local supermarket so if you arrive early you might want to stock up on snacks for the week ahead.

Berggasthof Brend

This mountain guest-house is one of our favourites. It sits on the middle of the woods, but on a small high spot which means that it has glorious views over the Black Forest. The rooms are cosy with en suite facilities, and the restaurant serves up great food with a local flavour. Our hosts Antonia and Frank do whatever they can to make our stay very pleasant. 

Gastof zur Traube, Waldau


This hotel is very characterful and is in traditional Black Forest style with lots of wood, and murals around the windows. It is the oldest Black Forest Inn in the area, and they are proud of their 500 year long tradition of service. All the rooms have en suite facilities. 

The kitchen prides itself in the use of only the freshest local ingredients. The rooms, while modern, are in keeping with the rustic theme of the hotel. You will definitely feel you have visited a true Black Forest Inn. We can usually ski to and from the door which is an added bonus!

Hotel Zartenbach, Hinterzarten


Hinterzarten is a bustling town and our hotel is located just at the end of the ski tracks! The hotel has been in the Keilbach family for several generations and Thomas the present owner is very welcoming. The bedrooms are cosy with en suite facilities. There is a spa area with sauna for relaxing. 

Dinner is eaten in town when we usually visit the very characterful restaurant of the imposing Hotel Schwarzwaldhof

Vitalhotel Grüner, Notschrei


The Vitalhotel Grüner Baum is perched on the hillside just below the forest line between Notschrei and Todtnauberg. The rooms are very comfortable with en suite facilities, and there is a sauna available for guests. Dinner is very much local produce and typically of the Black Forest area.

Gasthof Vier Loewen, Schönau im Schwarzwald


The Vier Loewen is located on the main pedestrianised area of the town of  Schönau im Schwarzwald and is just a short distance from all facilities. The hotel has a lovely spa area with swimming pool and it a great place to spend the last night. All rooms are en suite, and generally spacious. Dinner is eaten at our hotel. 

Beware of confusing the two towns for your arrival and departure points. We begin in Schonach im Schwarzwald but we end in the town of Schönau im Schwarzwald! They are not the same place.

  • Arrival

    The Black Forest, in Germany is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. 

    The closest airports are Stuttgart, in Germany, Strasbourg, in France, or Zurich and Basel/Bale, in Switzerland.

    If arriving at one of the Swiss airports the trains are the most convenient form of travel taking approximately 2h30 to reach Triberg which is 3km (1.8 miles) from our accommodation at Schonach im Schwarzwald.

    Your visitors 'Guest Card' will give you reductions on many attractions (museums, cable cars, swimming pools etc) and free bus and train travel during your stay and return journey back to the airport (NB: this is not valid until you arrive at your hotel so will not include your travel to your first hotel).

    Train connections can be sourced at SBB for Swiss connections and Deutsche Bahn for German connections.

    Timetables and tickets are normally only available 3 months in advance. Searches should be made using: Basel Euro Airport or Stuttgart Flughaven/Messe (which is on the S bahn) to: 'Triberg'. Savings can be made on rail fares by purchasing tickets in advance. 


    At the end of the trip you will be departing from Schönau im Schwarzwald first by the free local bus from the stop 'Sparkasse Schönau im Schwarzwald' and on to Zell where you connect to the train for Basel.

    If you have left a car at the start of our trip or wish to begin your return from our start point then it is possible to arrange a taxi from Schönau im Schwarzwald to Schonach im Schwarzwald/Triberg for approximately 150 Euros taking 1-4 people. Beware of the fact the two towns have very similar names!

  • 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.

  • We run our Black Forest traverse at a time of year when the snow is most reliable and the tracks are well maintained. Please note that this trip is designed to ski the highlights of the route allowing you the chance to explore the area and enjoy the best of the skiing. However, if the snow conditions are such that we can ski the Traverse of the Black Forest in its entirety then that will be our aim for the week. In other words we will ensure you have a great ski trip making the best of what is available. In winter 2018 we skied the entire Traverse only removing skis for 3 metres (9ft) due to rocks on the trail! A truly fabulous journey through the Black Forest. 


  • All equipment and ski hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. 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.

    Cross country skiing equipment, which includes fishscale classic skis (not skates or waxables), Salomon boots or similar, bindings and poles, can be hired at the start of the traverse in Schonach though we prefer to hire skis in Hinterzarten as they are better quality. For this reason it is vitally important that you provide us with the correct sizes, especially for your boots as there will be no opportunity to change them until we reach Hinterzarten at the end of the third day of skiing. 

    If hiring in Schonach the guide will accompany you to the hire shop to help with equipment selection, if we hire in Hinterzarten the guide will have collected your equipment and it will be waiting at your hotel when you arrive in Schonach. At the end of your trip your guide will collect any hire equipment and organise its return.

    The total ski hire for the week is approximately 135 Euros per person, this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trip. We ask that you make your payment for the ski hire direct to the guide in cash Euros. 

  • 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. 
  • 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 and safety of the group.

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

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed 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.

  • 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.

  • For each of our trips there is a minimum number of guests required to book before we can 'guarantee' your trip will run. It depends on the particular trip in question, but it is normally 4. The 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 £235. 

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

    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.

  • On this point-to-point trip you will have luggage support which means your bags are transferred each day to the next accommodation and you only need to carry a small/medium sized 'rucksack' for items you might need during the course of the day. Please refer to the kit list for this trip for guidance on the size of rucksack required.

    As your luggage will be 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 of bags simply because they have to unload and reload the vehicle many times each day. If you take more than one bag you may be asked to pay a supplement. Also with regard to weight be aware that you may have to carry your luggage to your bedroom, which may involve climbing several flights of stairs as not all hotels have elevators. Luggage on wheels is generally a good idea.

  • 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 before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day 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 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.


    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:

    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. 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.


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What's Included

  • Luggage transferred daily 
  • Free local public transport with the local tourist card
  • Half-board accommodation; dinner and breakfast, based on two people sharing 
  • The fees and expenses of a BASI qualified Nordic Ski Instructor/International Mountain Leader
  • Taxi/bus transfers if required to access the ski areas
  • Tracks and Trails memento; a gift to take home

What's Not Included

  • Ski hire
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Arrival and return transfer to/from the Black Forest region
  • Drinks
  • Lunches


This was a great holiday. The Black Forest was beautiful in the snow and the views were far reaching. Every day was fun and well organised by Julia. The accommodation was convenient, clean and quiet. There wasn't a 'best moment', it was all very good.

Thank you so much for everything you did to make sure the Black Forest trip worked so well. Thanks too, as ever, for the constant support and encouragement and the great instruction.  I’m really chuffed to have been able to do an actual journey on skis and to have myself progress so much in only 5 days - both technically and psychologically!

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Grade: Intermediate


At a Glance

From Price £1545
Holiday Type Point to Point Track Skiing
Duration 7 Days
Group Size 7
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 1493m (4897ft)
Countries Visited Germany
Meet In Schonach im Schwarzwald, Germany
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Ski the Black Forest

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