Black Forest Ski Traverse

A high level ski traverse on the Black Forest Fern-Ski-Wanderweg




From $1,780 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • A ski touring holiday through forested valleys and high ridges
  • Ski the highest peak in the Black Forest - Feldberg at 1425m
  • Apres ski in comfortable hotels & traditional guest houses
  • Ski touring with traditional Black Forest culture and cuisine

The German Black Forest is a cross-country skiers' paradise with an extensive network of prepared ski trails throughout the winter. Following a series of linked cross-country ski trails developed in the 1970s and known as the Fern-Ski-Wanderweg, we make a classic north to south ski traverse of the Black Forest covering 115km as we head toward the German - Swiss border. Skiing through a diverse landscape of deep, forested valleys, plateaus and through farming communities steeped in tradition, we stay each night in a comfortable hotel or guest house and on some nights have the luxury of a sauna or pool to relax in!  Cross country skiing just doesn't get better than this!

Ski Hire Available
Cross country skiing equipment, which includes, fishscale classic skis, Salomon (or similar) boots and bindings and poles, can be hired locally through KE at a cost of approximately 95 Euros for the week.

Is this holiday for you?

This traverse is not excessively demanding but it is also not for novices. At 115kms, this is a long, sustained journey across undulating and hilly terrain and is only suitable for those who have previous cross-country ski or nordic ski touring experience. Distances covered will vary from 15 to 28kms per day, on mainly groomed trails. Skiers should have good knowledge of cross-country techniques (they must have fully mastered the snow plough) and be of good fitness. Technique coaching will be included, but you should be able to ski for 4 to 6 hours each day. Note that your guide will try to fulfill the itinerary, but this is dependent on weather/snow and track conditions. We run this tour at the time of year when snow is most reliable and the tracks are well-maintained. In the event of bad weather or poor snow conditions, alternative skiing will be arranged visiting the highest Nordic ski areas locally, offering comparative distances each day.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Triberg in the Schwarzwald.
  • From Schonach ascend to the Plateau of Wittenbach (1000m) and on to Brend.
  • To Waldau, via Neueck (980m) and the inn at Kalter Herberge (1020m).
  • Across the Weisstannenhohe (1190m) to Hinterzarten (880m).
  • Ski to the Feldberg summit (1425m) then down to Notschrei (1120m)
  • Finish the Black Forest Ski Traverse at Belchen. Return to Schonau.
  • Departure day. There is public bus from the hotel to the railway station at Zell.
Mon 08 Feb - Sun 14 Feb Code SBF /01/16/ Adult$1,780 Status Available Book now
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  • Black Forest Ski Traverse
  • The departure reference for this tour is SBF /01/16/
  • This tour begins on Mon 08 Feb and departs on Sun 14 Feb
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325
Sun 14 Feb - Sat 20 Feb Code SBF /02/16/ Adult$1,780 Status Limited Availability Book now
More information
  • Black Forest Ski Traverse
  • The departure reference for this tour is SBF /02/16/
  • This tour begins on Sun 14 Feb and departs on Sat 20 Feb
  • This departure has limited availability. Don't delay - secure your place today with a deposit of $400
  • Single Supplement $325
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Basel in Switzerland. The nearest rail station to Schonach is Triberg. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' section in 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 direct flights to Basel-Mulhouse-Feiburg Airport with Easyjet from London Gatwick and from Edinburgh. Other airlines and 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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We have undertaken to guarantee that all of our Land Only prices will not change once you have booked your holiday. Unlike some of our competitors we have decided never to surcharge, whether you are booking for this year or the next.

Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Triberg in the Schwarzwald.

    Meet at the group hotel in the traditional Black Forest village of Triberg in the the Schwarzwald. 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.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • From Schonach ascend to the Plateau of Wittenbach (1000m) and on to Brend.

    Starting directly from Schonach, we make a steady ascent through woodland to the plateau of Wittenbach at around 1000m, 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 Schonwald where there is an Olympic ski jump. From here we climb once more to Martinskapelle, where we can stop for refreshments at the inn. The source of the Danube is close by here. We make a final short climb up to Brend (1149m) where we check into our hotel and enjoy some traditional Schwarzwald hospitality.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 550m

    • Distance 20km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 30m

    • Time 7 hrs Skiing

  • To Waldau, via Neueck (980m) and the inn at Kalter Herberge (1020m).

    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 where the first Black Forest clock was made in 1664. After checking in at our hotel there may be the opportunity for further exploration in the area or we can enjoy the hotel sauna before dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 23km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 600m

    • Time 8 hrs skiing

  • Across the Weisstannenhohe (1190m) to Hinterzarten (880m).

    We ski for 7km on a fairly level trail 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'.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 400m

    • Distance 25km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 490m

    • Time 8 hrs skiing

  • Ski to the Feldberg summit (1425m) then down to Notschrei (1120m)

    This is the longest day of our traverse and today we reach its highest point. Leaving Hinterzarten we ski for 10km to Rinken (1195m) where we stop for refreshments before making the final climb through the forest. There are sections here where we may carry our skis on our packs as we climb up onto the Feldberg summit 1425m - the highest point of the Black Forest. Weather permitting we will have a spectacular 360 view of the Alps to the south and the Vosges in the north. From the top we have a fast descent as far as the Todtnauer Hut (1321m) and then more gently down through the forest to Notschrei at 1120m. We then transfer by bus to Todtanuberg for the night. A simply superb day of nordic skiing.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Distance 28km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 500m

    • Time 7 hrs skiing

  • Finish the Black Forest Ski Traverse at Belchen. Return to Schonau.

    We transfer back to the trail head to commence our final day of our Black Forest Traverse. The 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 tonight we will stay in the town of Schonau. We end with a final celebratory meal together.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 350m

    • Distance 16km

    • Meals bd

    • Descent 490m

    • Time 5 hrs skiing

  • Departure day. There is public bus from the hotel to the railway station at Zell.

    KE package services end after breakfast. There is a bus that will take us from the hotel to the railway station at Zell form where we can connect with the trains to Basel and other airports.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional BASI Nordic Ski Instructor throughout
  • Hotel accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Baggage transfers every day
  • Meals according to the Meal Plan
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Some meals according to the Meal Plan
  • Lunches & Hillfood snacks
  • Equipment hire
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
Continental breakfasts are provided - cereals, fruit juice, tea and coffee, bread and a variety of spreads including jam, honey and Nutella, for example. Lunches will normally be picnics bought from our overnight accommodation, bakeries or local cafes. Please feel free to bring additional hill snacks from home. At each of the overnight stops, a full 3-course dinner will be served, usually a soup dish, followed by some wholesome local speciality and a dessert.
All meals except lunches are included in the trip price. You will need to purchase lunch and snacks for each day. These can easily be bought locally. We recommend an allowance of €10 to €15 per day for lunches, snack food and soft drinks. Tap water in Germany is drinkable.
You must join the group at the group hotel in the village of Triberg in the evening of Day 1 of the trip itinerary. The most convenient airport to reach Triberg is Basel (Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport). There are shuttle buses which operate a regular service to Basel rail station where it is possible to take a train (2 hours 45 minutes) to Triberg. Tickets can be booked in advance online at or bought at the station. Triberg is approximately 2km from Shonach, the official start of the tour, and bus 7270 operates a regular service between Triberg rail station and the village. If travelling from the UK by train it is possible to book a return journey to Basel on Eurostar. A train departing from London St Pancras at 9.22 will reach Basel at 17.26. You will need to change trains and stations at Paris with a metro journey between the two. At the end of the holiday there is a bus that takes you from the hotel to the rail station to connect with the train to Basel. You will be issued with a 'Black Forest Guest Card' at your final overnight accommodation which will entitle you to free travel on this return journey.

The accommodation on this holiday varies from 3 star hotels to small and simple hotels/guesthouses. All accommodation is based on twin share. If you are travelling alone you will be paired with another individual traveller of the same sex. It may be possble to arrange single rooms at some of the places we stay but this depends on availability at the time of booking and a supplement will be charged. Please call the KE office if you wish to enquire about a single room.

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.
€250 to €300 should be sufficient to cover your miscellaneous expenses including lunches, drinks and any other personal outgoings. In addition, you will need to set aside €110 for equipment if you intend to hire skis, boots and poles. There are several ATMs en route.
On this tour you will only need to carry a daysack on the ski days and your main baggage will be transferred every day between accommodation points. Luggage will be mainly transported in cars and small vans so we would ask that you keep both size and weight of luggage to a respectable limit of around 12 kg (and only one bag per person). It is worth noting that you will be required to carry your own bag up and down from your accommodation every day.

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. Note: winter cycling clothing is excellent apparel for cross-country skiing.

You must bring the following items:

  • Approach shoes / Snow boots or walking shoes

  • Rucksack – 25 to 30 litres maximum (On a warm day you may need space to stow clothes as you warm up) - Your rucksack needs ski loops or alternatively ties and an extra couple of bungee cords or a ski tie/strap

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof overtrousers. Sallopettes are not needed.

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

  • Thermal top – long sleeved

  • Thin fleece top – long sleeved

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm and waterproof gloves

  • Warm hat

  • Sunhat

  • Scarf or buff for neck

  • Warm socks (like walking socks but not too thick or long like alpine ski socks

  • Gaiters

  • 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

  • Head-torch  and spare batteries

  • 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/tape, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets are a good idea.

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Slippers for your overnight accommodation

  • Spare clothing for use in hotels/chalets, 2 sets should be sufficient

  • Ear plugs

  • Lightweight pack towel

  • Swimming costume – for sauna available in some accommodation

Cross Country Ski Equipment

  • Cross-country ski boots*

  • Cross-country skis*

  • Ski poles*

The following items are optional:

  • Extra pair of warm mittens

  • Head/ear band

  • Gilet – fleece or wind stopper

  • Small flask and contents (tea bags/drink sachets etc)

  • Camera,

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Skis and Ski boots

The ideal skis to use for this trip are track skinny skis, classic/fishscale style for cross-country (Nordic) skiing. We will not be waxing or using skins. The majority of the skiing will be on prepared trails. Ski boots should be comfortable, warm classic style to match your bindings. Boots with a high ankle are more comfortable for this trip than a racing-style boot. Classic length ski poles (which should sit comfortably under your arm pit once stood on your skis) are also required.

* Hire of cross country skiing equipment, which includes fishscale classic skis (not skates or waxables), Saloman (or similar) boots and bindings, and poles, can be hired locally at the start of the traverse. The approximate cost of equipment hire is €110 for the week (this includes the cost of returning the equipment to the hire shop at the end of the trek). You will make your payment direct to the hire shop or in the event of a late arrival, to the guide (cash only). All equipment hire must be arranged in advance, as it will be necessary to pre-order correct sizes. Please contact our office if you wish to arrange equipment hire. We will need to know your height, weight, normal shoe size (you must give us your everyday shoe size and not your personal adjustment for wearing boots) and the measurement of your height up to your armpits (for ski pole hire).


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.

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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.

The unit of currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

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

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 in the 6 to 8 week period leading up to your trip. Running, cycling, indoor rowing machines and swimming are excellent cross training methods for developing endurance. Nordic walking or the cross trainer machine are also excellent ways to imitate the arm action needed for cross-country skiing and help to build up arm and shoulder strength. Cross-country skiing is excellent cross training for other sports and as a low-impact exercise is a great way to improve your fitness.

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.

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