Italian Cross-Country Ski Break

3 days cross-country ski instruction in the lovely Aosta Valley




From $1,140 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Learn or improve your cross-country ski technique
  • Stunning views of Monte Bianco (Mt Blanc)
  • Meet in Chamonix for easy access from Geneva airport
  • Tuition from a BASI-qualified instructor

Based in beautiful Val Ferret near Courmayeur, this short-break is a perfect introduction to cross country skiing, as well as being ideal for those wanting to refresh their skills. Perhaps you are a downhill skier looking for something different, you enjoy the gym, hill walking, or are a runner or a cyclist but feel the effect of the winter blues? Well why not try cross-country skiing to maintain and build that fitness level during the winter months. From our hotel accommodation in La Palud, the gateway to Val Ferret, we will be close to a network of pisted cross-country ski tracks where we begin our training. An excursion to Cogne, in the Gran Paradiso National Park, gives us access to a further 45kms of pisted tracks where we can hone our skills and soak up the mountain views. With a final evening of après-ski in the vibrant ski town of Chamonix, this is a fantastic break away in a winter wonderland. Cross-country, cappuccinos and comfort...who could say no?


Ski Hire:
Cross country skiing equipment, which includes, skis, boots and poles can be hired locally and picked up on arrival in Val Ferret, at a cost of approximately €35 for the three days. 

Is this holiday for you?

This 'long weekend' cross country ski break has been designed for those new to cross-country skiing or those who are seeking to refresh their skills. Previous cross-country or alpine ski experience is an advantage, but not necessary.  Full tuition will be given, and group size is limited to a maximum of 8 so that everyone can be attended to effectively. Note your guide will try to fulfil the itinerary, but this is dependent on the weather/snow conditions. In the event of bad weather or poor snow conditions the guide will use their expertise and local knowledge to determine the best alternative routes to take advantage of the prevailing conditions.


If you are thinking of joining one of KE's more adventurous ski touring itineraries, such as The King's Trail, this is an excellent place to start.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Chamonix.
  • Drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur and Val Ferret. Introduction to ski technique.
  • A day exploring the ski trails in the Valley of Cogne, part of the Grand Paradiso National Park.
  • Explore the ski trails around Val Ferret. Return the Chamonix.
  • Departure day.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Geneva Airport which is approximately an hour's drive from Chamonix. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Chamonix.

    Meet at the group hotel in Chamonix. Chamonix is the perfect meeting point due to the easy access from Geneva Airport and the fact that Italy is just a 30 minute drive away via the Mont Blanc Tunnel. Dinner and overnight acccommodation will be at our Chamonix Hotel. Our guide will come to the hotel for approximately 7.00pm to brief the group on the days ahead and answer any questions.

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  • Drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur and Val Ferret. Introduction to ski technique.

    This morning we drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur and Val Ferret. Val Ferret is a charming Alpine valley at the head of the Val d’Aosta. Enjoy the feeling of being away from it all, and enjoy the mountain views from the hotel. The morning will be spent fitting skis and taking time to find our “ski-legs”. We will begin by looking at the basic cross-country ski technique and have the rest of the morning to practice our new-found skills. After a fantastic Italian lunch and a hot chocolate we re-visit our newly-learned skills and attempt to develop them further. We finish the day with a journey, exploring the beautiful groomed tracks in Val Ferret. Enjoy the mountain ambience amidst wonderful forests and magnificent snow! The ski tracks wind along the entire valley, up to the village of Lavachey and then to Arp Nouvaz. The pisted tracks, which are always tracked and groomed, have many detours so we can shorten or lengthen our journey depending on how the group are enjoying the skiing. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

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  • A day exploring the ski trails in the Valley of Cogne, part of the Grand Paradiso National Park.

    Today we will take a drive along the picturesque Aosta Valley to the valley of Cogne, in the Gran Paradiso National Park. Gran Paradiso, at 4061m above sea level, is Italy’s highest mountain. With it’s traditional village of stone-built houses and eighteenth century chapel, the valley is truly Alpine. Many regional and national cross-country ski competitions take place here and there are 45kms of trails to explore. Like Val Ferret, there are plenty of options for different routes and a variety of terrain for us to practice our skills while enjoying the fine mountain views. Later in the afternoon we will return to our hotel in Val Ferret for dinner and overnight.

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  • Explore the ski trails around Val Ferret. Return the Chamonix.

    Our final day of activity will be in Val Ferret. There are many groomed trails of differing lengths from short, 3km runs to trails of 20km. This is one of the best places in the world for cross country skiing and we can put our new-found or newly-honed skills to the test, skiing in an impressive alpine environment through woods and open expanses of pisted snow, with the impressive backdrop of the mountains all around. We will aim to have lunch in Lavachey where there is an excellent café serving delicious Italian cakes! After lunch we can enjoy a last afternoon in this well-hidden part of the Alps. At the end of the day we will travel back to Chamonix to experience some 'apres-ski' in this vibrant alpine town.

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  • Departure day.

    KE group package services end after breakfast. If you wish to stay on for additional days then we can help arrange accommodation in Chamonix. Please contact the KE office for further details.

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Holiday Information

  • 3 days instruction from a BASI Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Hotel accommodation in Chamonix and Val Ferret for 4 nights
  • Transport between ski venues
  • All meals except lunches

  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches & Hillfood snacks
  • Equipment hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will meet at the group hotel in Chamonix on the evening of Day 1 of the holiday itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code KE11. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

During this trip, the group will spend 2 nights at a hotel in Chamonix in France and 2 nights at a hotel in Val Ferret, in the village of La Palud in Italy. The accommodation will be in twin rooms.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfast will be taken in our hotel each day and will be continental-style. Lunch (not included) will be taken at cafes or mountain restaurants where there will be a choice of different dishes to suit your tastes and budget. Dinner each evening will be a 3 course meal at our hotel. Italian food is world-renowned and this is an excellent opportunity to sample the delights of pizza and pasta or cappucino and cake!

All meals except lunches are included in the trip price. You will need to purchase snacks for each day. These can be bought locally. We recommend an allowance of €10 to €15 per day for lunches, snack food and water.

We estimate that €200 should be sufficient to cover your miscellaneous expenses including lunches, drinks and any other personal outgoings. There are ATMs in Chamonix and in Courmayeur. You will also need to set aside approximately €35 for ski hire and €18 for ski passes for the week (not per day).

You will be accompanied by a fully qualified BASI Nordic Ski Instructor for the duration of the tour.

There is no strict weight restriction other than that imposted by your international carrier, though we do ask that you keep your luggage to a minimum and avoid large 'hard case' suitcases if possible. All luggage has to fit in to the boot of a mini-van for the journey to Italy, and we would appreciate if you can pack one medium sized bag per person.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Snow boots or walking shoes
  • Ski boots*
  • Waist belt/small rucksack for short journeys
  • (On a warm day you may need space to stow clothes as you warm up)
  • Rucksack – 25 to 30 litres maximum
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers. Sallopettes are OK for day trips/lessons but too warm for long journeys
  • Thermal leggings or running/cycling long trousers
  • Thermal top – long sleeved
  • Thin fleece top – long sleeved
  • Gloves x2 – 1 thick and 1 thin
  • Warm hat
  • Hat – sunhat
  • Scarf or buff for neck
  • Warm socks (like walking socks but not too thick or long like alpine ski socks
  • Comfortable underwear/sports bras for ladies (not wired)
  • Water container (1 litre) NB. Drinks tubes and bottles stowed on the outside of your rucksack usually freeze in winter
  • Toilet paper and small pack of hand wipes
  • Waterproof bag for documents
  • Basic First Aid Kit - Our professional tour leaders hold first-aid qualifications and will carry a basic medical kit. You should bring your own personal first aid kit consisting of the following: throat lozenges, painkillers (anti-inflammatory), antiseptic cream/spray, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea.
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Spare clothing for use in hotels/chalets

The following items are optional:

  • Extra pair of warm mittens
  • Head/ear band
  • Waistcoat – fleece or wind stopper
  • Head-torch
  • Camera, film, batteries
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Trainers

Cross Country Ski Equipment

  • Ski touring boots*
  • Ski-touring skis*
  • Ski poles*

Ski Hire / rental:

  • *Cross country skiing equipment, which includes, skis, boots and poles can be hired locally and picked up on arrival in Val Ferret, at a cost of approximately €35 for the three days. You will need to pre-order hire equipment through KE. We will need your height and your normal shoe size. You will make your payment to the guide (in cash only) on arrival.

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Cross-country skiing is excellent training for other sports and as a low-impact exercise is a great way to improve your fitness. It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a cross-country ski trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Jogging, squash, cycling and swimming are good for developing better stamina.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be in the range minus 10 degrees to plus 15 degrees celsius / 14 - 59°F, though it can feel much warmer than this in the reflected sunlight high on the slopes away from the forest. In the evening, temperatures will drop below freezing levels. January to March is statistically the time of lowest precipitation in the Alps but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems so occasional rain, snow and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.

Most people in this area of Italy speak very good English. However we do recommend you try to learn some simple Italian phrases and greetings as attempts to speak in the local language will always be appreciated and is all part of the fun.

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