5 days cross-country skiing UK leader Excellent transport links
Flight inclusive price from the UK includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck; airport transfers (for UK group flight only)
7 nights at Hotel Crusch Alba Swiss Lodge
All breakfasts and 7 dinners
5 days cross-country skiing
Local transport costs (as per itinerary)
Tour leader throughout
Cross-country ski hire, available locally approx CHF120 per week
Snowshoeing approx CHF40 per day
Downhill skiing - daily ski pass in St Moritz approx CHF50
HOTEL CRUSCH ALBA SWISS LODGE 3*
Ideally located near the train station the hotel offers a comfortable base for the week. All rooms have en suite facilities, TV and telephone and Wi-Fi access available in most communal areas. Food served is of a very high standard with an exceptional continental buffet offered each morning, and delicious 4-course meals served every night. There is a small, traditional styled bar within the hotel, perfect for relaxing.
All breakfasts and 7 evening meals included.
Cross-country skiing or Nordic Skiing is becoming one of the most popular winter sports. Using longer, thinner and lighter skis than downhill with bindings that let you lift your heel, we explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) and exhilarating days are spent skiing quickly over flat ground and up and down hills.
Grade 2 Intermediates and confident beginners: These holidays are in areas with a mix of flat and hillier terrain. They are for people who have enjoyed a Grade 1 holiday, grasped the snow plough and now want to improve their 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 other 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, too.
Grade 2 departures: 05 Feb 2011
Grade 2+ Intermediates (unsuitable for beginners): On these holidays there is not enough flat terrain for us to accept beginners. Suitable for clients who have done a couple of weeks with us, have developed their snow plough and can cope fairly confidently with undulating tracks.
Grade 2+ departures: 26 Dec, 29 Jan, 07 March 2010/11
Your Safety On the first few days of a beginner's cross-country skiing course your instructor will choose the trails and terrain carefully, and will avoid steep slopes. However, even on the flat you should expect to fall over. Unlike downhill skiing, where falls can happen at speed, most cross-country falls happen at slow speeds or from an almost static position, and cause no injury. Although it is very rare, some falls do lead to injury; in the worst cases this may include broken bones. Overall, cross-country skiing is a safe sport to take part in, if properly instructed. All active winter holidays involve some element of risk; from something as normal as slipping on icy pavements, to the possibility of injuries sustained as a result of the activities themselves. While we do all we canto minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 14, plus UK leader. Minimum age 18.
The vast majority of Exodus adventures are adult group holidays. Groups are always small in size. We strongly believe that this adherence to small groups means a better experience for all; more time with your guide, less waiting around and a reduced impact on the communities and environments visited.
Each group is generally made up of like-minded travellers - with singles, couples and friends all joining in together. All these trips are suitable for single travellers, but if you prefer to travel with clients booking individually, please see our Solo Departures page.
Exodus is always looking to improve our current itineraries and to offer something different. With many new trips this year, there is something unique and different to try every year.
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 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.
Grade 2+Intermediates (unsuitable for beginners). On these holidays we will be skiing on some steeper terrain. Suitable for clients who have done a couple of weeks with us, have developed their snowplough and can cope fairly confidently with undulating tracks. Also suitable for those wishing to progress onto a skating week.