Black Forest Cross-country Ski Tour

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Trip code: 
CYH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cross-country skiing
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–14

This week is all about discovering landscapes and exploring a region while cross-country skiing. As we ski each day from one village to another, we explore the deep pine forests, open valleys and meadows of the wonderful Black Forest. We stay in family-run hotels and B&Bs and spend one night in a homestay, getting an opportunity to experience more of the local life and culture.

Highlights

  • Point-to-point cross-country skiing
  • Beautiful scenery of the Black Forest
  • Charming accommodation

Key information

  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing
  • 6 nights hotels, gasthofs and homestay
  • Cross-country skiing grade 3, unsuitable for beginners
  • Mix of flat and undulating tracks, approx. 20 to 25km per day

 

What's included

  • 5 nights in hotels or Gasthofs and 1 night homestay
  • 5 days of point-to-point ski instruction/guiding 
  • Cross-country skis and boots hire
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • Return flights from London to Basel on British Airways

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation - (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Basel; transfer to Hinterzarten.

    Fly to Basel airport; transfer by bus and train to Hinterzarten.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Hinterzarten to Rinken

    We start with a day through the Hinterzarten forest, skiing the beautiful tracks to Rinken, at the foot of the Feldberg. The track takes us along the small Feldsee Lake, beautifully nestled in a natural cirque.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Rinken to Muggenbrunn

    Today we enjoy incredible views as we traverse the highest mountain of the Black Forest, the Feldberg (1493m). Following the crest, the track is mostly downhill as it takes us to Muggenbruun. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Muggenbrunn, Bernau and Sankt Blasien

    We head out for the lovely Bernau hills and head towards Sankt Blasien for a visit of the remarkable Dome and perhaps a "Gateau stop". 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bernau to Menzenschwand

    Some off track skiing today as we make our way to the Black Forest's second highest summit, the Herzogenhorn (1415m). From there, if the sky is clear, we can enjoy an incredible panorama over the Bernese Alps. We then descend via the Hochkopf pass to our accommodation in Menzenschwand.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Menzenschwand to Hinterzarten

    Our last day starts with a gentle ascent to reach the Aulner Pass. We then glide our way down to Schluchsee, one of the Black Forest's largest lake before heading back to Hinterzarten. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Transfer to Basel; fly to London.

    Transfer by train and bus to Basel airport; fly to London. 

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Germany

No visa required for British passport holders.

France

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

France

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotels/guesthouses. Continental and cooked breakfasts are available in most places.

For the lunches we will purchase items to picnic en route.

The region is well known for its hearty food, locally brewed beer and of course cakes! 

Weather

The Black Forest is located in South West Germany where the climate is typically continental with cold winter and warm summers. Because of the proximity to the Alps, the winter months can bring a fair amount of snow. Daytime high temperatures usually hover at only around 2-3°C and nights are a frosty -4 or -5°C, and even colder at times. 

Is this trip for you?

Exodus offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk. The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.

This trip is is accessible to anyone with intermediate (level 3) cross-country skiing ability. Previous experience of ski touring or point-to-point cross-country skiing is not necessary. Each day we ski from one village to another using prepared tracks (loipes), although on occasion we may ski small sections off track. There will be sections that involve going up and down slopes so it is important that you know how to snowplough.

Grade 3 - Intermediates

A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.

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Accommodation

Gasthofs, Hotels and Homestay

We stay in a mix of family-run hotels, gasthofs (pensions/B&B style accommodation) and spend one night in a homestay. The accommodation is comfortable and everywhere we are welcomed with wonderful hospitality. Please note that twin rooms often have a large single bed frame with two seperate mattresses (and separate duvets and blankets) so they cannot be seperated.  

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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