Winter Activity, Ski Touring and Snowshoeing Holidays
Your latest Winter reviews
Trekking Mount Toubkal in Winter
By: William Maxwell, Paisley, UK
We enjoyed all of it. Marrakech was tremendous and we opted to spend an extra day there. The trekking was exactly what we expected - several longish days in the mountains. the two mountain ascents were tremendous with plenty of snow, blue skies and sun.
Our guide, Mustapha, was outstanding and a superb ambassador for KE. He is a leader who smoothly and efficiently organised the trek, managed the support crew well and carefully managed the expectations of those on the trek who were less fit than the majority. His enthusiasm for the Mgoun trek was infectious and we are interested in that trek for next year.
We had superb fun. Excellent opportunity to practice crampon and ice axe work without having to learn glacier rescue.
Comparison with the other companies showed that KE approached this trek gradually with an initially day walk which gave Mustapha an opportunity to assess our fitness. then we ascended to the Refuge followed by two days of trekking to the tops. The other companies went straight for the tops without that initial 'warm-up' day. We preferred KE.
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!
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.
Grand Traverse of the Jura Ski Tour
By: Karen Lunquist-Leach, USA
The entire experience was fabulous and well worth the cost. Snow was excellent and it was so fun to ski up to our accomodations and then take off the next morning right from the door step! Loved all the places we stayed and the food was delicious.
Our guide Julia was excellent in all ways - she was very knowledgeable, friendly, skilled (provided lots of ski instruction along the way), helpful and in many ways. She was very organized and the trip ran smoothly despite a number of challenges.It was what I excepted.
I was initially concerned about being able to ski 14-20 miles/day, but it was fun and a good challenge for me.
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!
Slovenia Snow Spectacular
By: John Conroy, Northumberland, UK
Everything was extremely enjoyable, well planned and delivered. Minor changes were made to the itinary because of the weather which didn't spoil the fun at all - it exceeded expectations, a truly amazing trip.
High Level Pyrenees Snowshoe Holiday
By: Graham Bell, Nottingham, UK
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and this was largely down to our guide John - most entertaining and having to change the itinerary on a daily basis in order to ensure our safety and allow us to enjoy as much snowshoeing as possible is probably no small achievement. His knowledge and experience would be difficult to top. Itinerary had to be flexed to reflect the massive snow conditions, but all of this was executed well. I am considering doing it all again in 12 months time!
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.
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.
Mont Blanc Snow Shoe Week
By: Russell Jefford, Buckinghamshire, UK
The quantity & quality of info on the website & trip dossier are real selling points - all looks very professional and creates a good impression and builds anticipation. The kind of nerd (like me) who reads technical swing tickets on goretex jackets laps up this kind of thing...
Two New Trips for 2015
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