5 days cross-country skiing; Grade 2 (intermediates and confident beginners Grade 2+ (intermediates - unsuitable for beginners)
Return flights from Heathrow or Gatwick to Geneva with British Airways, airport transfers (for group flights only)
7 nights at the Hotel Couronne
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners
5 days of track passes
5 days of ski instruction and guiding
5 transfers to the selected ski areas
Free valley ski busses and trains throughout the week
Cross-country ski hire, available locally aprrox EUR70 per week
Guided glacier walk
Downhill and cross-country skiing
Helicopter sightseeing flight over Mont Blanc
Hotel Couronne 2-star
A charming hotel, it is one of the oldest in the valley giving it a traditional décor and warm reception. All rooms have televisions with most overlooking Mont Blanc or the Aiguille Verte ranges. There is a ski room with private lockers and heated boot rack and a lounge in which to relax by the log fire after a day on the snow. Free WiFi connection is available in the lounge.
All breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners included.
Activity Details 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.
We offer this Chamonix holiday at two grades of skiing;
Grade 2 (intermediates and confident beginners) and Grade 2+ (intermediates, unsuitable for beginners).
Grade 2 Weeks:
Your Safety 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 can to minimize any dangers, participants must be prepared to accept some risk as part of the holiday. On the first few days of the cross-country skiing holiday 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. For further details please refer to our 'Risk of Injury' note at the back of the Winter Activities brochure or the online FAQ page for this trip.
Alpine Skiing Information Many ski areas are easily accessible from the chalet with Les Houches ski runs just a short walk from your door. The larger ski areas of Le Brevent and the Grand Montet are easily accessible on the free Valley shuttle bus. For further information on the alpine ski areas and up to date snow conditions please visit the web page. Although we give information on the alpine skiing in our winter resorts, our leaders are not alpine instructors and may only be able to give limited advice about the facilities / conditions.
Normal group size and age
Normally min 1 , max. 12. Minimum age 16.
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.
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.