- 5 days cross-country skiing
- Strong focus on skating technique and introduction to biathlon
- Not suitable for beginners in skate skiing
Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways, airport transfers (for UK group flights only)
7 nights half board at Hotel Helm
5 days of ski instruction/guiding
Tour leader throughout
Ski hire available locally for approx. EUR70 per week
Allow approx. EUR15 for local transport costs
Downhill skiing at Versciaco
Self-guided Nordic Walking
We stay in the very comfortable Hotel Helm in Versciaco di Sopra. Recently renovated, but styled in the traditional way, this attractive building has a delightful sun terrace with superb mountain views, comfortable lounges and a cosy bar. After the day\'s exertions we can relax in the steam bath, sauna and hot tub. We also have free entrance to the public swimming pool complex in San Candido.
All breakfasts and 7 dinners included.
Normal group size and age
Normally 6 to 18, plus leaders. 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.
Level 1 Beginners Recommended for those who have tried classic cross-country skiing, mastered the basics (including the snowplough) and now wish to try the skating style. Generally a faster skiing motion than classic cross-country skiing, you will need to be of reasonable fitness and have confidence on the snow. Whilst not skiing in tracks you will be on prepared, gradually undulating slopes and cover approximately 10-15km a day. This is not suitable for those who have not tried classic cross-country skiing.
Level 2 Intermediates Covering more challenging terrain, this level is for those who have already mastered the basics of the skating style and wish to improve their skating technique. Terrain covered will be slightly more challenging and you should expect to cover 15-20km per day. You will be taught techniques to help you increase your speed, perfect for those wishing to take on the challenge of a ski race.