These trips are for newcomers to cross country skiing, those who have had some time away from cross country skiing, or cross country skiers wanting a refresher before moving on to more challenging trips. Previous alpine ski experience could be helpful, but is not essential. Full instruction is given on the ski techniques and equipment. All skiing will take place on prepared tracks on flat and undulating terrain. Instruction will also be given on how to control speed and direction. You will be taught how to initiate a basic 'snowplough' to enable you to control your speed when travelling downhill. We will expect you to have a reasonable level of fitness so that you can be active and on skis over the course of the day for approximately 4 hours.
For our ‘Skate skiing’ trips the description above applies for the main part, but clearly the emphasis is on acquiring the basic skating technique, improving balance and co-ordination. You will learn all the essential skills to begin your ‘skating’ ski career.
This trip is designed as a continuation from our ‘Beginner’ holidays. We will start with re-visiting the basic skills to control speed and direction, and how to snowplough to bring your skis to a stop. Expect to ski on a mixture of flat and gently undulating terrain, all on prepared trails. We will help you develop your skills to allow you to confidently travel on a variety of terrain, both uphill and downhill. Time will be spent each day doing exercises/drills, which will improve your overall technique. Each day we will aim to do a short journey to give you time to consolidate your technique. At all times you can expect a high level of instruction and support. Time on skis will be between 4-5 hours covering between 10-15 km (6-9.4 miles) per day, with the possibility for one longer, but relaxed day, of between 20-25 km (12.5-15.6 miles)
For our ‘Skate skiing’ trips the description above applies for the main part, but with the emphasis on improving and fine tuning your ‘skate’ technique. You should already have a basic skate and knowledge of ‘skate 2’ for this trip, and be prepared to develop ‘skate 1’ for hill climbs.
Expect to ski on a mixture of both flat and rolling terrain on prepared trails. You should already be at a level where you are confident about controlling your speed and direction, and have a good ‘snowplough’. You should be able to cope with skiing under control on a variety of terrain both uphill, downhill including some steeper terrain and narrow tracks and be confident about tackling corners while skiing downhill. All of our trips include quality instruction, but for these trips you need to have a good ‘kick and glide’ to be able to travel competently and at a steady pace. You should have a good level of fitness to ensure that you are comfortable with longer days in winter weather, which may include snowfall and cold winds. You should be happy to ski on a variety of snow including perfect fresh tracks, AND tracks less than perfect which may be ‘firm and icy’. On our point-to-point trips you will be expected to carry a small daypack. We do not always use skis with metal edges so it is important that you have good control on descents and while turning. Time on skis will be 5-6 hours per day covering approximately 15-25 km (9.4-15.6 miles) per day with an occasional longer day.
These holidays are designed for those who can confidently get on their skis and go! You should already have done multi-day journeys on cross-country skis and enjoy spending the day travelling from point to point while carrying a small daypack. We would expect you to be able to ski at a steady pace over a variety of terrain and snow conditions, including icy tracks when necessary. As a minimum we expect you to have good control of speed and direction, and have a very effective snowplough. You should be familiar with the colour coding system for trails, and be able to assure us you can ski ‘red’ tracks with confidence. On any point-to-point journey we can expect to deal with a variety of weather from heavy snowfall to strong winds, and for this reason we expect a degree of self-sufficiency in terms of keeping yourself warm, and dry. It is possible that these tours may encounter sections of 'untracked' snow or old prepared trails, therefore making the distance covered more strenuous. Further tuition will be given at these stages if required. You should be at a very good fitness level and be able to ski approximately 6-7 hours and cover 20–35 km (12.5-21.8 miles) per day.
This is our highest-level cross-country ski holiday. At this grade, expect the same as our 'Advanced' trips plus a little more of everything! This means that distance, height gain, time on skis could be extended due to the terrain and reliability of the snow and conditions. The tracks may be perfect or they may not have been ‘groomed’ for several weeks. You should be an experienced and proficient cross-country skier who loves a challenge both physical and mental. We would expect you to have completed various point-to-point journeys before attempting this trip. You should be able to cope with all kinds of weather, and be self-sufficient in terms of keeping yourself warm, dry, fed and hydrated. You should enjoy being in remote and wild mountain areas. In Norway we normally use ‘waxing’ skis and although you do not need previous experience in this we would expect you to understand the principle and be prepared to follow the guidance of your Instructor. You should be at a high level of fitness and be able to ski for 6-7 hours and cover distances of 25-35 km (15.6-21.8 miles) per day whilst carrying a daypack. These trips will often feature a longer day of up to 40 km (25miles) and up to 8 hrs of skiing.
For our ‘Trolls Trail’ you will also have two days carrying a slightly heavier pack containing overnight clothing and other essential items.
For our ‘Ski the Czech – Polish Border, Krkonoše Trail’ there are three days when we have ascents/descents of around 1000m (3280ft).