Cross-country Skiing in the Swiss Alps

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Winter
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Grade 3 - Intermediates
Trip code: 
CXU
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cross-Country Skiing
Group size:
4–14
Min age:
16

Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks, Kandersteg is a cross-country skier's paradise. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers. We stay at the charming Hotel Alfa Soleil, owned by the Seiler family. We explore the winter landscape and have the chance to develop both confidence and skill while discovering new routes and trails every time.

Highlights

  • Centre based in the pretty village of Kandersteg
  • Classic Swiss landscapes
  • Views of the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau and Matterhorn
  • Cross-country skis, poles and boots included

Key information

  • 7 nights 3-star Hotel Alfa Soleil, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days guided cross-country skiing
  • Group normally 4 to 14, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Travel by train, cable car and bus
  • Countries visited: Switzerland

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 6 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - limited availability)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Optional activities 
Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Kandersteg
to
Kandersteg
  • Day 1

    Start Kandersteg

    Your holiday begins at the Alfa Soleil hotel in Kandersteg. You should aim to arrive late morning to early afternoon for a pre-dinner briefing from your leader.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-4

    3 days cross-country skiing

    The Kandersteg valley is home to 6 different cross country ski tracks totalling about 45 Kilometres. The tracks vary in distance and difficulty and present the ideal location for a week progressing in terms of both distance and technical skiing. Your leader will chose the tracks on a daily basis according to conditions and group ability. You will also have the chance to ski the 6 kilometre night ski loipe one evening which is an experience not to be missed.  

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    Free day

    There are several short walks available close to the hotel or you may wish to visit the exhibitions at the Village and Scout Museum.

    NB: Please note that the free day will be on day 6 for the 18/01/2020 departure due to the Belle Epoque events on that week. For details see www.kandersteg.ch/en/s/belle-epoque-week.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 6-7

    We continue our explorations on skis

    For the last two days depending on conditions we may ski further afield. There is the option of taking the cable car up to Sunnbuel where there is a track in stunning surroundings almost 2,000 metres above sea level. We may also take the train up through the Lotschberg tunnel to Ferden and beyond to ski in a different valley.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Kandersteg

    End Kandersteg. Following breakfast we say our goodbyes and take our train to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Switzerland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Switzerland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 dinners included. For dinner, we enjoy regional dishes.

With such a mixture of language and tradition co-existing in such a small country, it is no wonder that there are so many regional dishes. In the Bernese Oberland, Austrian and German influences predominate; gastronomic local delicacies include geschnetzeltes Kalbsfleisch (veal in a rich cream sauce), Kandersteger Bratwurst au Mad re-Jus (roast sausage with a Madeira sauce), Lammbraten gefüllt mit Kraütern (herb roasted lamb) and smoked pork with sauerkraut, and a selection of colourful salads. Typical desserts include Caramel-Birne mit Rum-Sabayon (caramelised pear with a rum sabayon) and Aprikosen-Symphonie (apricot gateau).

Please let us know your dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

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. Cross-country skiing on this trip can be undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe). 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 description is 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.

Grade 3 Intermediates Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3. 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. Advice and tuition available on tours, as required.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotel Alfa Soleil

The Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes' walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind. It has been owned by the same family for three generations. All rooms are en suite and have a television, telephone, hairdryer and wifi. 
For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire, gym, indoor pool, Jetstream and soft-jacuzzi and sauna.

Single rooms are available for a supplement - subject to availability. 

Call for general departures:
00 97150 5550 445
Call for tailor made trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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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]

Call us on 00 97150 5550 445