Winter Activity, Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Holidays
Your latest Winter reviews
Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
By: Martin Ferguson, Herfordshire, UK
The trip exceeded my expectations - the leader, the group, the accommodations, the food, the skiing, the scenery.
Julia, our guide, was outstanding in her attention to everyone and to every detail. We had complete confidence in her, while she engendered confidence in everyone and their ability to tackle the sometimes challenging conditions and terrain. She developed an excellent rapport with each group member and the team as a whole.
The trip benefited from a diverse range of types and characters of accommodation - from mountain chalets to small, family run hotels - all adds to the interest! Lots of opportunity to try local cuisine and fresh produce, while those with special dietary needs were well catered for.
Iceland's Volcanic Ski Tour
By: Tony Sturdee, Warwickshire, UK
The hut experience was most enjoyable, good food and company, we were an interesting mixed group. The skiing was fun when the winds were light and we could see. And the hot springs were an essential feature of day's end!
Weather described as challenging in the dossier. It was, but the best was made of it. The food in the hut was excellent, as was the stuff to make lunches and I much enjoyed the lashings of salmon etc!
Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail
By: Richard Zanetti, Coventry, UK
Fantastic trip. Had a real sense of adventure and wilderness. Most days we didn't see anyone else on the trail and had to make fresh tracks in the snow. Huts were comfortable and the need to get water and wood added to the sense of adventure. I most enjoyed the great sense of wilderness and learning a new skill (cross country skiing). The huts were fanatastic.
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.
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!
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!