Winter Activity, Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Holidays
Your latest Winter reviews
Iceland's Volcanic Ski Tour
By: Mark Hodge, London
Very helpful office staff & efficient booking. The trip description was helpful and accurate. I cannot suggest any improvements!
Our group all thought Maxime was an exceptionally good leader, a knowledgeable guide, a very able cook and, what is more, excellent company.
I really enjoyed this holiday. I could do it all again!
High Level Pyrenees Snowshoe Holiday
By: Mike Rooke, Isle of Wight, UK
Our guide John Howie was an exceptional leader. Good natured, attentive to all members of the group and a great host round the evening meal table. Given the appalling snow conditions (too much!) and the risk of avalanche, John revamped the itinerary that made the very best of a bad job. A credit to KE.
Fantastic grub. We were spoilt.
Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
By: Phyllis Pryot, USA
The holiday was excellent...with very good food and wine.
I wanted to say that Julia was extremely patient with us. She exhibited such enthusiasm and was careful to explain the philosophy of our "journey" with us. Even when not feeling absolutely up to par on one day, she nevertheless went out of her way to see that we were taken care of. She is a gem!!!
I enjoyed every bit of it. Of course, I enjoyed the wonderful artisan cheeses as well as all of the other French cuisine. Also, the weather was great and we were lucky to have fresh snow on three of the days of our week-long ski. I especially enjoyed learning about how the people of the Jura value their cattle and how they care for them so that they will produce the wonderful cheeses we were able to enjoy.
Snowshoeing in the Canadian Rockies & Yellowstone
By: Paul Montgomery, Surrey, UK
The snowshoe walks were very well led by our Canadian Mountain Guide, FX, and we went 'off-piste' on may occasions - great fun! Winter is a great time to visit Yellowstone as the wildlife spotting chances seem to increase as the animals congregate near to the areas of thermal activity. On our trip we saw bison, elk, coyote, bald eagle, and also the rarely seen bobcat [slinking along the bank of the Madison River].
I have been on many 'adventure' holidays and I think that our leader on this trip, FX, was one of the best and looked after our group very well. 10/10. Thanks!
Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail
By: Karen Venables, Northwood, Greater London
I had an excellent holiday and will be back for more. The husky teams were great. Jorg was an excellent leader, he built a sense of unity amongst those on the holiday in the way he divided the group for jobs, he offered encouragement and knew how to make us do more and also when to stop. He and Soren were caring about our health and remembered and checked on issues (even blisters!). Soren had a wealth of information about the location and stories to tell about the local area. I most enjoyed the challenge, the teamwork and the scenery, and the Northern Lights were spectacular.
Snowshoe Traverse of the Chablais
By: Dan Bodey and Dawn Robson, N. Yorkshire, UK
Outstanding leader - great leadership, cheer and attention to detail. Good skills training too. Very much enjoyed Alex's company.
Very enjoyable and relaxing short break with great views, comfortable accommodation and great snow conditions. The itinerary was unfailingly interesting and well designed and it was a grandstand finish to reach Lake Geneva as a finale.
Exceeded our expectations it - expected a relaxing fun week in pleasant surroundings but the itinerary gave fabulous routes with outstanding views and real alpine feel.
Winter Wonderland - Sweden Family Adventure
By: Elizabeth A Wickham, Kent, UK
was an action-packed programme of activities which provided everyone with new
and exciting experiences. The accommodation was clean and comfortable and the
food was typically regional and beautifully presented.
This was an ideal family adventure holiday, with a varied and lively programme of activities, which provided us all (aged 8 to nearly 70) with new and exciting experiences.
We loved venturing out into the vast Arctic winterland on snowmobiles, fishing through holes in the thick ice on a lake, hurtling along the forest tracks on husky-drawn sleighs (everyone's favourite activity), snow-shoeing at night and again in the daytime for a forest picnic (our optional add-on for the last day), learning about the Sami way of life from a reindeer herder, visiting the famous Ice Hotel - well, everything!
Trekking Mount Toubkal in Winter
By: Mark Allison , Sudbury, Suffolk
I can't fault Ben Walker as guide. Very approachable and knowledgeable and always keen to help. Great enthusiasm and professionalism too. A real credit to KE! Everything was absolutely spot on - even the weather! The itinerary was perfect and I had a really fantastic time in Morocco. I'm really impressed with KE and I would definately book with you in future.
I most enjoyed the guides (Ben and Hassan) - they were both brilliant and helped make the trip as good as it was. The food, although not hugely varied was healthy and very tasty - it's quite amazing what the cooks could rustle up in the hills. The banquet on the final night in Marrakech was superb. The itinerary was very well planned and the routes we took in the mountains were breathtakingly beautiful.
This trip didn't differ from my expectations, it exceeded them!
I chose KE after a lot of research on the internet. I didn't want to go with the cheapest outfit as it makes you wonder what they are skimping on to bring the price in lower. Also, KE offer Saturday-Saturday trips which means the least amount of time off and still having Sunday off before returning to work.
Some of the group members are already talking about Mont Blanc next year with KE so I'll look into that!
Central Pyrenees Snowshoe Week
By: Harriet Harris, Cambridge, UK
I was new to snowshoeing and to the region, so got a lot out of the holiday, despite the weather! But better too much snow than too little. Our leader was a fit, capable and very experienced mountain leader, with the sensitivity to adapt the demands to a fairly elderly group. His knowledge of the region is excellent. Every effort was made to find interesting activities for us daily, under very difficult conditions of too much snow.
I thought we were going to be more in a ski resort, and in a more standard "ski" chalet. We were buried in the country and the chalet environment was shaped by our leader's own interests and personality. A good holiday. The chalet is isolated in the country, which was very relaxing: reading books and chatting round the fire in the evenings, which suited me fine. We got out daily and I'm assured that the snow conditions made the snowshoeing particularly difficult - and hard work. I certainly hope to snowshoe again! And could re-visit the same region again very happily.
Arctic Wilderness Week Finland
By: Amanda Holroyd, West Yorkshire, UK
The hotel was everything we expected for this type of holiday it was clean, warm and very friendly. The food was typical 3 star ski resort food which was fresh and plentiful.
All of the activities were as advertised and when they said all day we were out for at least 8 hours and we're very well looked after. We had several guides throughout the week all were very professional, knowledgable and nothing was too much. Excellent all-round.
Apart from a few aching muscles which was to be expected we had a fantastic holiday. Even though we were very active it was a truly amazing experience and would recommend this holiday to anyone.
The main aspect was dog sledding over a frozen lake to the overnight cabin and seeing the sky turn blood red above the tree tops with the sun set, then later watching the moon rise in the middle of nowhere. Closely followed by the Northern Lights.
Skiing the Kings Trail in Sweden. Limited places available this February and March. Don't miss out!