This winter activity is simple to learn and takes just a few days to master. Our cross country skiing holidays for beginners combine intensive instruction and gentle touring with a professional instructor, giving you tips as you ski. As a beginner you can expect to fall over when you first start – you can’t learn cross-country skiing without a few bumps and bruises to begin with! While fitness is important for your enjoyment, balance and co-ordination is probably more crucial for easy progression during a beginner’s week.
Whether you want to explore the snowy Finnish wilderness or the imposing peaks of the Dolomites, our cross country ski holidays are designed for you to discover some of the most incredible trails wrapped inside winter wonderlands. As you glide through beautiful alpine scenery, inhale stunning views of the surrounding mountains, or stop off at a mountain lodge for a coffee. You’ll find the apres-ski culture just as exciting as the skiing and it’s a great way to socialise with like-minded travellers on our cross country skiing holidays for singles.
Cross-country skiing grades
If you are a beginner, make sure you choose a week marked as Grade 1 (Beginners) or Grade 2 (Intermediates and confident beginners). For a full explanation of our cross-country grading system, please click here.
Skis and equipment
Cross-country skis are thinner, longer and lighter than downhill skis and don’t have a metal edge, and lightweight boots are attached to the ski only at the toe. There is no need to buy special clothing for cross-country skiing holidays as mountain-walking gear adapts well to the activity, as does jogging and fitness clothing. We suggest you use a small light backpack, or even better a bum-bag to carry a few essentials during the day.
Top 5 European Destinations for Cross Country Skiing Holidays
Kanderstag, Switzerland: At the heart of the Bernese Oberland, Kanderstag is a picture-perfect village embraced by snow-drenched peaks. Much of the landscape here is unspoilt and boasts pristine skiing trails that wind through the mountains and along open plateaus. Our self-guided cross country ski holidays in Kanderstag are suitable for skiers of various abilities with flexible itineraries that let you go at your own pace. Explore shimmering trails through quiet woodlands where pine trees are draped in thick snow or if you fancy learning more about the local culture, visit the annual Belle Epoque week in January where you’ll see people dressed in traditional costumes, bobsleigh races and sledging.
Venabu, Norway: Explore the Norwegian wilderness from the pretty hamlet of Venabu. which lies on the brink of Rondane National Park. Overlooking the Gudbransdalen Valley, this is one of the most picturesque settings in Norway for cross country skiing holidays. And when you’re not discovering the icy gorges and mountains, you can relax at the Venabu Fjellhotel and enjoy traditional Norwegian cuisine. Beginners will also be able to attend ski lessons, led by an experienced instructor who will show you the basic techniques and help you hone your skills.
The Dolomites, Italy: The Dolomites is home to some of the most impressive winter scenery in the world and has become a popular destination for cross country skiing holidays. Dominating the skyline of the Alta Badia region, these imposing peaks give way to alpine meadows and sublime views. Right at the heart of the Italian Dolomites, San Cassiano is a beautiful village nuzzled between Fanes National Park and the Dolomito Superski and is a wonderful base for cross country ski holidays. Surrounding the area, you’re blessed with mile upon mile of snowy trails that meander among panoramic vistas. Staying at the Ciasa Salares, which stands beneath the gaze of dramatic alpine peaks, you can sample local wines, cheeses and chocolate in one of the tasting rooms.
Kvitavatn, Norway: Overlooking the town of Rjukan, Kvitavatn is a great place for enjoying a Nordic winter adventure and is an ideal choice for cross country skiing holidays for singles. With a traditional mountain lodge as your base, you can mingle with other skiers in the evenings. The Norwegian countryside transforms into a magical winter landscape in the winter months and is made up of glistening forests, lakes and vast, open wilderness. On our guided group tour, you’ll be led through some of the most exquisite scenery and given expert tuition from an experienced guide.
Leutasch, Austrian Tyrol: Venture into the imposing Tyrolean Alps on cross country skiing holidays in Leutasch, so remarkable it has hosted two Winter Olympics. The alpine plateau of the Tyrol boasts 245km of excellent trails that lead you through alpine meadows and forests. Along the way you can stop off at one of the mountain cafes or visit one of the pretty villages and immerse yourself in the local culture. Hotel Hubertushof offers luxury accommodation at Leutasch and its heated pool, saunas and Jacuzzi are a great way to warm up and relax in the evenings.