About our Winter holidays

Highlights

  • Learn the basics of cross-country skiing in the Italian Alps
  • Ski the Kungsleden, Sweden`s classic hut-to-hut trail
  • Explore the Chamonix Valley in winter on snowshoes
  • Enjoy a winter adventure week in Slovenia
  • Ride a snowmobile and go icefishing in Arctic Finland

With almost 30 years in the business of operating adventure holidays, there is no-one better able to look after your winter holidays than KE. Our winter holidays are all about having fun in the snow and the mountains, away from the downhill crowds and busy ski resorts. Instead, we seek out the quieter areas; ski touring in Sweden and Iceland, cross-country skiing across France's Jura Mountains, snowshoeing in the Alps and Pyrenees. With KE you can also get friendly with the local huskies on a dog-sledding adventure in Scandinavia, sleep in an igloo in Slovenia or ski, sail and snowshoe on our West Greenland cruise. If you like snow, we definitely have a holiday to suit you.

Quite aside from the popular pastimes of downhill skiing and snowboarding there are many adventurous activities that come into their own during the winter months and which can be enjoyed as a group activity with like-minded travellers. Our winter programme is divided into three holiday types: winter multi-activity, ski touring, and snowshoeing.

Multi-activity in winter might be meeting the Sami people and their reindeer in Arctic Finland or snowshoe hiking under the Northern Lights. Alternatively, you could be ice-climbing and dog-sledding in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.

Our ski-based holidays include the tough ski mountaineering Haute Route, from Chamonix to Zermatt, as well as easier centre-based winter exploration such as the Italian Ski Weekend - a chance to sample cross-country skiing for the first time.

Following snow-clad trails that are otherwise completely inaccessibly, snowshoes allow us to explore forested ridges and climb to high mountain viewpoints. Well away from the ski crowds, but with the option to join them in the evenings for a drink or two, this is the best of both worlds!

Latest Winter traveller reviews

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NLS - Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari
Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari   Alison (Midhurst)

Good weather is down to luck; seeing the Northern Lights is down to luck; and we lucked out on both, seeing the Lights 4 out of 5 nights and clear sunny days for 3 out of the 4 days. Even without that, the
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scenery is stunning and getting off the main trails with snow shoes we hardly saw anyone else, apart from the odd moose. I don't think the trip up to the Sky Station is worth the cost - there are lots of lights up there so it spoils any photography if that's what you're after.
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Skiing the Kings Trail - Sweden
Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail   Kenneth (GOLDEN)

I have been a skier for decades. Living in USA (Colorado) I ski quite a bit--alpine, alpine touring, skate skiing, and classic touring. I have done week long trips at backcountry huts in British Columbia and
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had wild descents off of mountains. But I have never had any experience on skis similar to the tour of Kungsleden (King's trail) I recently finished with KE Adventures. I had never before skied in a high arctic landscape--wild, mostly above treeline, north of the Arctic Circle, with temperatures moderated somewhat by the Gulf Stream. I had never done a ski trip with dog team support--carrying roughly half our gear, keeping our packs to a reasonable weight (7kg plus or minus). I had never done a ski trip where while at the huts (actually "huts" were groups of buildings, with bunks, kitchens) I went to a sauna followed by rolling in the snow. I had never had a ski trip where the Northern Lights appeared and put on a helluva show one night. Add to that one very competent guide, delightful and witty traveling companions, two of the most charming dog team drivers imaginable, sled dogs so appealing you wanted to stick one (or two) in your checked bags, and you have the makings of a truly magical trip. If you can snowplow on skis, and are reasonably fit, DO NOT MISS THIS TRIP. It is that amazing.
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NLS - Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari
Northern Lights Snowshoe Safari   Michael (Alveston)

This was a great trip and it met all my expectations. I wanted to combine dogsledding and seeing the Northern Lights and we did both. The snowshoeing was a new experience as well and this was very good. There
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were 14 in our group plus 2 leaders, Sara and Johanna. They told us everything we needed to know and were very helpful. You need to be prepared to muck in at the mountain hut as you take it in turns to do all the chores. Two tips for others: (1) practise taking pictures of the night sky beforehand with your camera. I could not find the right setting and wasted a lot of time when the Northern Lights were visible; (2) the kit list should mention that sun cream should not be water-based as this will freeze on the face! Binoculars can come in handy to spot the wildlife as well.
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Skiing the Kings Trail - Sweden
Inside the Arctic Circle - Skiing the Kings Trail   Carole (Frodsham)

Through KE we hired Nordic ski equipment from Abisko station. On the first training day we were not happy with our skis but were told it was our incompetence. On the second day we set off on our six day tour.
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During the tour we became aware that our hire skis and those hired by the american couple did not perform as well as the personal skis brought by other clients. The hire skis allowed an ascent of an 8% slope only, those with personal gear could ascend up to 25% The hire skis "balled up" with sticky snow on day 3 the personal skis did not. Hire skis would not hold an edge when traversing a steep slope or when snowploughing On day 6 on icy snow the hire skis were uncontrollable, for some on the day we took them off and walked, those on personal skis had much fewer problems. At one point Carole swapped skis with one of our guides. Immediately the found she "could ski again". The hire skis being very poor in comparison with the guides. During the tour we were able to compare our skis with those who had their own THE HIRE SKIS HAD BLUNT STEEL EDGES THE HIRE SKIS HAD WORN DOWN FISH SCALES THE HIRE SKIS GLIDING BASE WAS OLD AND SCRATCHED It is a disgrace the STF is hiring out old worn out equipment to clients doing this serious ski tour. We had level 1 serious weather alerts for 4 of the six days we were out, your skis gave us a hard time. We understand the american couple, Tom and Lori will be in touch with you eventually with the same concerns. I welcome your comments on this. PLEASE TREAT THIS AS A SERIOUS COMPLAINT. More than that I would welcome a statement that Abisko Station had updated it's skis to state of the art and that they were maintained to professional standards. So that others are not so affected. Rick Newcombe, Carole Becker.
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