Black Forest Ski Traverse
Germany & Switzerland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from £1,145 (land only) - from €1,545 (land only) - from $1,915 (land only)
Day 1: We rendezvous at the group hotel in the traditional Black Forest village of Triberg. In the early evening our guide will brief us on the week ahead and can also help and advise with any ski-hire. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Starting directly from Schonach, we make a steady ascent to 1000m onto the plateau of Wittenbach, before descending to the valley of Schwarzenbach (940m). After a section of dense forest we then cross typical Nordic-ski open rolling terrain with occasional steeper descents to the villages of Shonwald and Martinskapelle, where we can stop for refreshments before finishing at Brend (1149m). 20km.
Day 3: We start with an easy downhill passing traditional Black forest farm houses. A section of gently undulating terrain leads to Neueck (980m) where we enter woods and make a gradual climb to the Inn at Kalte Herberge (1020m). After lunch here we finish the day skiing to the quiet and pretty village of Waldau where we stay overnight in a hotel complete with sauna. 25km
Day 4: We ski for 7km to Thurner and then climb to our high point for the day at Weisstannenhohe (1190m). where we have a view ahead to the Feldberg summit. This is the half way point of our journey and afterwards we enjoy a ski down through pine forests interspersed with open meadows and traditional farms, to the charming village of Hinterzarten (880m) known as the 'Pearl of the Black Forest'. 25km.
Day 5: Leaving Hinterzarten we ski for 10km to Rinken (1195m) where we stop for refreshment before making the final climb onto the Feldberg summit 1425m - the highest point of the Black Forest - with a spectacular view of the Alps. From the top we've a fast descent as far as the Todtnauer Hut (1321m) and then more gently through the forest to Notschrei at 1120m. We transfer bus to Todtanuberg. 28km.
Day 6: We transfer back to the trail head to commence the final day of our Black Forest Traverse. Our final stage is relatively easy following a gently undulating trail for 9km to Wiedener Eck (1034m), and then on to the small ski resort of Multen/Belchen. To make transfers simpler for the following day we stay in Schonau. Now it's time to relax and look forward to a final celebratory dinner. 17km.
Day 7: KE package services end after breakfast. There is a bus that will take us from the final hotel to the railway station at Zell where we can connect with the trains to Basel and other airports.