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Holiday Overview

Highlights

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

Based from the beautiful town of Cogne, 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 Cogne, in the heart of the Gran Paradiso National Park. Here we have access to over 45kms of pisted tracks where we can hone our skills and soak up the mountain views. 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 Cogne, at a cost of approximately €40 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 most certainly 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 Geneva airport and transfer to Cogne.
  • Introduction to 'cross country' skiing.
  • Building on your skills.
  • No longer a novice!
  • Departure day.
2017
Wed 11 Jan - Sun 15 Jan Code ISW /01/17/ Adult$1,220 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 11 Jan and departs on Sun 15 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $290 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 18 Jan - Sun 22 Jan Code ISW /02/17/ Adult$1,220 Status Available Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /02/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 18 Jan and departs on Sun 22 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 25 Jan - Sun 29 Jan Code ISW /03/17/ Adult$1,220 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 25 Jan and departs on Sun 29 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 08 Feb - Sun 12 Feb Code ISW /04/17/ Adult$1,220 Status Available Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 08 Feb and departs on Sun 12 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 22 Feb - Sun 26 Feb Code ISW /05/17/ Adult$1,220 Status Available Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /05/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 22 Feb and departs on Sun 26 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 01 Mar - Sun 05 Mar Code ISW /06/17/ Adult$1,220 Status Available Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /06/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 01 Mar and departs on Sun 05 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
Wed 08 Mar - Sun 12 Mar Code ISW /07/17/ Adult$1,220 Status 2 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Italian Cross-Country Ski Break
  • The departure reference for this tour is ISW /07/17/
  • This tour begins on Wed 08 Mar and departs on Sun 12 Mar
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $245 - There are a limited number of single rooms available. Single rooms can be requested but are not guaranteed.
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Geneva Airport . 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 Geneva airport and transfer to Cogne.

    We begin at Geneva airport where you will meet our private minibus transfer to Cogne, in Italy. The departure to Cogne will be at 1630 hrs to allow us to arrive at your Italian Albergo in time for dinner. The drive is an interesting one as it takes us along the Autoroute Blanche with views of Mont Blanc until we arrive at the world famous alpine town of Chamonix where we take the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy. Then we take a quiet mountain road with great views as we climb steadily to Cogne. The drive takes approx. 2 hrs 15 mins. Your ski instructor will meet you at your hotel and brief you on the days ahead. If you have booked ski hire, they will also arrange for your hire skis and boots to be taken to your hotel.

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  • Introduction to 'cross country' skiing.

    Our morning will be spent fitting our skis and taking time to find our 'ski-legs'. Your instructor will take you through various exercises as a way of introducing you to the techniques needed to enjoy cross country skiing. Cogne has an excellent 'stadium' offering beautifully groomed tracks in a large flat area - no hills! We believe it is the perfect arena for learning to ski without any need for concern about 'stopping' on the first morning. We then aim to have a leisurely lunch, Italian style, which means excellent home made food and the compulsory hot chocolate and cake! The afternoon we will be relaxed about our skiing and you can choose to work more on your technique or perhaps just chill out and head back to our gorgeous hotel.

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    • Time 3 hrs skiing

  • Building on your skills.

    Cogne is an excellent venue is where many regional and national competitions take place and where we can explore up to 80km of trails! This morning we often ski straight from the hotel door into the gorgeous Valnontey. The trails are flat or gently undulating and are a great training ground. It allows us to build on yesterday, but in a way that keeps the enjoyment factor high and the fear factor low! The valley is very famous for 'ice climbing' and you will see many ice climbers tackling the spectacular frozen waterfalls that line the valley on both sides. We return to the hotel for lunch, and then spend the afternoon cruising the trails in a leisurely fashion.

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    • Time 6 - 7 hrs skiing

  • No longer a novice!

    Today we have many options and can choose between heading to the valley of Lillaz with a stop at the lovely woodland restaurant, the Sylvenoire, or heading down the valley to Epinel. Actually, there is too much to choose from and your instructor will make a decision based on where the best skiing is to be found. Another Italian lunch will be on the cards, followed by an afternoon of working it off!

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    • Time 5 - 6 hrs skiing

  • Departure day.

    Today is departure day and your private minibus transfer will collect you at 07:30am at your hotel to take you to Geneva airport. You will arrive by 10:00am to allow you to catch your flights home. We have chosen a Sunday for departure to avoid Geneva week-day rush hour and to minimise any chance of traffic delays.

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Holiday Information

  • 3 days instruction from a BASI Nordic Ski Instructor
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in Cogne for 4 nights
  • Transport between ski venues
  • All meals except lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches & Hillfood snacks
  • Equipment hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

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.
The group will meet at 16:30 in Geneva Airport on Day 1 of the holiday itinerary. There will be a single transfer from the hotel to Geneva Airport on Day 5 of the holiday, this will arrive at the airport by 10:00am. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
During this trip, the group will spend 4 nights at the hotel in Cogne. The accommodation will be in twin rooms.


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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

  • 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. Ski sallopettes are OK for day trips/lessons but too warm for long journeys

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal top – long sleeved

  • Thin fleece top – long sleeved

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves

  • Warm hat

  • Sunhat

  • Scarf or buff

  • 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, 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

  • Gilet – fleece or wind stopper

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Camera

  • 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 €40 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.

 

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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

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.

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: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov 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.

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.

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