Swiss Alps: Cross Country Skiing
Join us in the heart of the Swiss Valais for a week of cross country skiing.
Explore the trails of the upper Obergoms valley whilst improving Nordic ski technique along the way. Reliable conditions and up to 85 kilometres of ski trails offer beginners to ski racers access to this 'Swiss chocolate box' winter wonderland.
With the help of the local train ski from village to village exploring new trails every day.
- 5 days of ski instruction
- Optional video Analysis
- Ski from village to village on easy trails
- Take the train below the Furka Pass to ski Realp to Andermatt
- Reliable snow conditions
Cross country skiing can offer more than just the enjoyment of fresh mountain air and chocolate box views but once mastered this 'low impact' exercise is a great way to improve your fitness with ever changing scenery!
Our 'Intro Plus' weeks are designed as a continuation from our Introductory holidays. Expect to ski on a mixture of flat and more undulating terrain all on prepared trails. Ideal for those wanting to refresh the basics, practice technique and progress to point to point journeys.
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|SXC1 18 Intro Plus||Sat 13 January 18||Fri 19 January 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SXC2 18 Intro Plus||Sat 3 February 18||Fri 9 February 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SXC3 18 Intro Plus||Sat 3 March 18||Fri 9 March 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
The Obergoms valley is quite simply an alpine gem perfectly suited for Nordic ski enthusiasts. The cross country skiing style we use is 'classic style' and is practised on prepared/groomed trails using a ski with a 'fish scale' grip. Also known as langlauf in German.
This winter wonderland can be explored at a relaxed pace but is also home to the famous 'Gommerlauf' international ski race.
Our 'Intro Plus' weeks are designed as a continuation from our Introductory holidays. Expect to ski on a mixture of flat and more undulating terrain all on prepared trails.
We expect you to have at least two weeks of cross country skiing experience to join our 'Intermediate' holidays. Improvements on technique will always be available but participants should have mastered the foundation of all the basic travelling techniques and be able to snow plough. Further details on our trip grades can be found on our Cross Country Ski Grades page.
We will ski in a variety of locations along the Obergoms valley and steadily increase our mileage to enable us to ski from village to village and tackle on the 'Intermediate' weeks more technical terrain.
Our ski teachers are all qualified BASI Nordic Instructors who will ensure that you get the most out of your week on skis. Each day they will offer tuition and advise then time to go on a journey and out it into practice.
Day 1 Arrival to the Swiss Alps
Enjoy mountain views from your bedroom window! The Obergoms is a broad open valley situated at the head of the Rhône valley where the language is Swiss German. We meet you at your hotel in Oberwald to brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions.
Day 2 The Upper Goms Valley
After collecting our skis we spend time warming up our 'ski-legs' revisiting the main cross country ski travelling techniques. We aim to ski the river trails and explore along to the next village. Each village has it's own picturesque landscape and maintains it's mountain traditions. The pistes which are always tracked and groomed have many detours where we can lengthen or shorten our day.
Day 3 Optional Video Analysis & Ski to Münster
After a warm up ski making use of the freshly pressed tracks your BASI Ski Instructor will offer the option to video your skiing. This is of course optional but video is one of the best ways to provide feedback and understanding on technical ski improvements. After lunch and a review we plan to go on a journey where there will be plenty of time to practice our techniques and any changes as we make our way to Munster.
Day 4 Niederwald
The ski tracks wind along the entire Obergoms valley and today we start our day by taking the local train to the village of Niederwald. Our ski journey back passes ancient 'sun-baked' wooden houses and Baroque style chapels amidst the perfect Swiss Alpine scenery. As the train line is never to far away we have several options today to shorten your ski day if preferred.
Day 5 Furka Tunnel to Andermatt
A day trip to the other side! From the head of the valley at Oberwald in the winter months the road ends here but the train doesn't! We can take the train to the next Swiss canton, Uri, passing underground below the Furka Pass. The train pops out into the historic Gottardo region. We alight the train in the town of Realp at 1538m where we have new trails to explore along to the ski town of Andermatt.
Day 6 Obergoms Challenge!
Our final days skiing is back in the Obergoms valley where it's time to set your own challenge! Due to the nature of the easy rolling terrain here you'll soon be able to travel distances without needing years of experience. If conditions allow, with plenty of stops on route, our plan is to ski the length of the valley from Oberwald at 1368m to Niederwald at 1251m (20km). If at any point it feels too far then there is always the train that can be caught home for an earlier finish! But with up to 82km's of skiing in the valley if you'd like to ski further then your guide can also easily make the day longer.
Day 7 Departure Day
The package finishes after breakfast.
Included: We base this trip in the Swiss Obergoms valley. A single room maybe available on request. We include half board accommodation, based on twins/double rooms in a 2* hotel or similar. 5 days of ski instruction with optional video analysis by a fully qualified BASI Nordic Instructor.
Not included: Insurance, flights & transfers, lunch & drinks, ski hire (approximately 100 CHF for 5 days) and ski passes (approximately 70 CHF for 5 days) and train to Andermatt (from 45CHF return). Prices based on winter 2016.
This trip requires a minimum of 4 clients to run. We will take a maximum of 8 clients.
Please ensure that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
Please note that this itinerary is dependent on the weather and snow conditions at the time. Therefore changes to the itinerary may occur. A few days of basic cross country ski experience or downhill experience is required for this trip. Upon booking a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided.
The small towns and villages along the valley offer all the facilities that you may require including: cash machines, supermarkets, bakeries, equipment and ski rental.
Oberwald is easily reached from other European and Worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. Within Switzerland the trains are by the far the easiest and most efficient way to travel. Visitors can obtain a holiday/ visitors card from SBB which enables you reduced rate rail from/to airports to your holiday destination and throughout your stay in Switzerland. Times and prices vary depending on the length of your stay. For further details please refer to the Swiss Railway website.
The closest airport is Bern (2.5hrs), then Zurich to Oberwald (3.5/4hrs), or Geneva is a little bit further away (4hrs) - all times are by train.
By road the Obergoms is 2.5hrs from Chamonix, 1.5hrs from Martigny.
For further suggested travel links please refer to our Booking and Information pages.