- 5 days guided cross-country skiing
- 2 beginner lessons with local ski school
Return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck with Thomson Airways, airport transfers (for UK group flights only)
7 nights at Hotel Xander
All breakfasts and dinners
Afternoon Tyrolean buffet (2-4pm)
5 days guided cross-country skiing
2 ski school lessons for complete beginners (2 hrs each)
Classic cross-country ski equipment hire
Local trail map
Tour leader in evenings
Snowshoeing or tobogganing
Horse-drawn sleigh rides
HOTEL XANDER ****
Tucked away next to the onion-domed village church, the family-run Hotel Xander has been sensitively modernised to a high standard. The en suite bedrooms (with bath and shower) are luxurious in style and extremely spacious, each having their own lounge area and tea/coffee making facilities. If it's indulgence you're after, the hotel is equipped with a heated indoor swimming pool, two saunas, steam bath, whirlpool bath and solarium (pay locally), fitness studio and boot room. Beauty treatments and massages are also available at extra cost.
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. There is no minimum group size on this tour and groups usually range from 1 to 8 persons. Insurance details are required at the time of booking.
Our local representative, Steve, will ski with you during the day and help arrange other activities yet he will not join the evening meals. Something to bear in mind (particularly if travelling alone) is that there are no 'group' meals in the evenings, and parties tend to dine seperately (although of course you can request otherwise if you all wish). 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 explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine pistes. Leutasch offers a range of sking from beginners to intermediates. Please check the grade of skiing that applies to your selected week.
Normal group size and age
Normally 1 to 8, plus local representative Steve Barrington. Children can join if able to participate. Minimum age 12.
On mixed weeks, two lessons with the local ski school are included for beginners to learn the basics. Steve Barrington, our experienced ski representative, will lead all intermediate skiers (and on dedicated intermediate weeks) through some of the Tyrol's best loipe.
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.
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.
Where you stay is a crucial part of a holiday, and we have gone to great lengths to find accommodation that provides extra comfort, character, convenience and value. Five-star hotels won’t feature on the agenda, but itineraries guarantee a greater degree of comfort after your day’s efforts.
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.