Fly from Gatwick to Venice; transfer by road to Asiago (approx. 2 hours).
Day 2 - 7
Five days instruction on classic and skating techniques. The classic tuition (grade 2) focuses on improving our technique and consists of a mix of instruction in the morning and touring in the afternoon, giving us the opportunity to explore the loipe. The skating technique is taught at level 1, so we get a chance to start from the basics to try and master this different style. At the end of the week, we are free to choose which technique to pursue and get some additional help and instruction from our leader. We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. When choosing routes, the leader's priority will be to take in a variety of scenery and to ensure that participants become better and more confident skiers as the week progresses. There are seven cross-country ski areas within the region boasting over 500km of tracks in total, most of which are set at two levels - around 1000m and 1500m. All of this is easily reached from our base, the friendly town of Asiago, where ski routes run from the outskirts of town leading through sheltered forests and open plains, out across the rolling hills. In nearby Gallio we enjoy the Nordic-style scenery following the Moline circuit, stopping for lunch at the Adriana mountain refuge, whilst other day tours follow stretches of the competition route. There's one free day to explore the lively town of Asiago and its cultural attractions, or practice self-guided skiing. The historic Asiago plateau, famous for being the Italian counteroffensive during the First World War, has plenty to offer cross-country skiers and food lovers alike. Take some time during the week to sample the famous Asiago cheese, which the town has been producing in the traditional way for many years.
Return transfer to Verona. Fly Verona to Gatwick.