- 3 cross-country ski lessons
- Groomed and easy to follow high trail and plateau tracks
- Ideally suitable for beginners and improvers of all ages
Flight inclusive price from the UK includes return flights from Heathrow to Zurich with Swiss International, train from Zurich to Kandersteg (2hrs) for UK group flights only
Transfers included from Kandersteg train station
7 nights at Hotel Alfa Soleil
All breakfasts and dinners
Gastronomic evening (Thursdays)
3 cross-country ski lessons (2hrs each)
Classic cross-country ski equipment hire
Local bus pass and 2 return cable car journeys
Winter walking and tobogganning
Alfa Soleil Hotel ***
Run by the Seiler Family, this hotel is located on the edge of the village and offers a real 'home from home' comfort. There is an elegant lounge/drawing room (with piano and open fire), a lively bar and a heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium and gym. Evening meals are taken in the cosy, candlelit dining room, and there is a special gastronomic evening every Thursday. There is also a wonderful wood-fired pizza oven if you prefer a less formal dining at any point during your stay.
All breakfasts and dinners included.
This trip is operated by our sister company, Headwater, who offer more flexibility so you can ski as much or as little as you like. There is no minimum age on this tour; children are welcome to join as long as they are able to participate in the skiing. Please note that if you are travelling on your own or there is an odd number travelling in your party, a compulsory single supplement will be applied. Ski lessons are subject to a minimum of two persons booked on a departure in total, otherwise a sole traveller supplement may apply. Insurance details are required at the time of booking. Our independent style cross-country skiing trips allow people to get a taste of what cross-country skiing is like without the pressure of keeping up with a group. There is no leader for this trip but it is perfect if this is your first time in the tracks and want to gradually build confidence independently.
Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you to explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes. Kandersteg offers a range of sking for beginners, confident beginners and more advanced skiers. Ski lessons are included in the mornings (usually Mon-Wed) arranged with the local ski school and your afternoons are free to explore the many trails at your own leisure.
Your Safety All active winter holidays involve some element of risk, from a possible slip on an icy pavement to the possibility of sustaining an injury as a result of the winter activities. Exodus does everything it can to safeguard against any dangers, however, participants must be prepared to accept some level of risk as part of the holiday. Please refer to the 'risk of injury' section at the back of the Winter Adventures Brochure, or in the online FAQs for this trip for further information.
Normal group size and age
No tour leader. Local representative organises optional activities and lessons with local ski school. Minimum age 12.
Three half day cross-country ski school lessons are ideal to get you started, and then you're free to ski independently or to book additional lessons locally. Ski tracks are gentle, immaculately groomed and easy to follow and you can also take advantage of cable car passes for spectacular panoramic mountain vistas where the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc are visible on a clear day.
Self-Guided trips are only available to cycling enthusiasts in Europe. These holidays are the perfect choice for those who like to travel independently and at your own pace, yet still benefit from our quality research, back-up and support. We'll arrange your accommodation, provide you with detailed maps and route notes, and transport your bags from one hotel to the next.
Cross-country skiing: will involve intensive instruction, and our groups are carefully graded to ensure participants have similar levels of experience.
Cross-country ski grades: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates (suitable for confident beginners) | 2+ Intermediates (not suitable for beginners) | 3 Advanced | 4 Strenuous | and for Cross-country Skating levels: 1 Beginners | 2 Intermediates - For full explanations of Cross-Country Grading and Levels please see below or check here to view the full Winter Grades page.
Winter Activities: It's about seeking out alternative ways to have fun in unspoilt locations, you won't find standard skiing or snowboarding breaks here.
Grade 1 Beginners. Recommended for beginners, or those who feel the need to improve basic techniques. We teach you the essentials and explore gently undulating terrain. All or most skiing is on prepared tracks (loipe). More experienced skiers are welcome, but the pace will be set for the beginners. Towards the end of the holiday you might ski 10-15km or more a day, at a gentle pace. Throughout the week you will be taught how to snowplough and different techniques to have you gliding along the tracks in no time.
Grade 2 Intermediates and confident beginners. A mix of flat and hillier terrain. Grade 2 weeks are for people who have enjoyed a Grade 1 holiday, grasped the snowplough and now want to improve technique. We ski a little more quickly and over more challenging ground than on a grade 1 trip.
Acceptable for newcomers to cross-country skiing, but you should be very fit and have experience of ther sports that develop balance - ice-skating, roller-skating or downhill skiing. Most of the skiing will be on tracks but there may be some off-track skiing.