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Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Kandersteg

Bernese Oberland - a glorious backdrop for skiing
 
Learn cross-country skiing with like-minded Inntravel guests in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at the local ski school. Between lessons, try a wide range of other winter activities, and relax in the pool of your comfortable, very welcoming hotel, situated in a spectacular valley.
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Kandersteg. 7 nights
Cross-Country Try It Out Week at Kandersteg. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A cross-country beginners’ ski week

in Kandersteg, Bernese Oberland
The friendliness of fellow skiers, the feeling of being close to nature, and the chance to fully take in your surroundings make cross-country skiing a very enjoyable activity. What’s more, it’s suitable for almost anyone, regardless of age! It doesn’t normally take long to master the gliding stride, and steering is easy as you ski in ‘tramlines’ cut daily by a special machine.

Our Try It Out Weeks for complete beginners are a perfect introduction to cross-country skiing. Lessons and equipment hire are included, and you learn in the company of like-minded Inntravel guests during the quietest weeks of the season, ensuring the atmosphere is very relaxed and informal. After learning the basic techniques, you will be gently tutored to improve your skills.
In picture-book Kandersteg within the Bernese Oberland, you can learn amid scenery on the grandest scale. The Kander Valley offers inviting cross-country ski trails which crisscross the meadows surrounding the village, plus additional easy routes high in the mountains above. You can also try your hand at a wide range of other winter activities between lessons if you so wish – winter walking, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, ice-skating, curling, sleigh rides...the list is almost endless! You stay at the justifiably popular Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, a wonderful blend of quality, comfort and homely charm, with the added bonus of direct access to the trails.
 

Our expert says

“If you’re slightly apprehensive about trying cross-country skiing for the first time, the fact that this is a small village, and the trails are all close to the hotel, should help to put you at ease.”
Rebecca Bruce, Inntravel snow holiday expert
 
Gallery
 

Itinerary

Other than the lessons, there’s no fixed itinerary, so during your free time you can take your pick of the activities as the mood takes you.
  • Hone your technique over two lessons
    On Monday morning, head to the equipment-hire outlet to get fitted with your skis, hire of which is included for the week, and then make your way back to the hotel, where an experienced instructor will meet you for the first of two two-hour sessions, during which they will teach you and your fellow Inntravel guests the basic techniques.

    Cross-country skiing is relatively easy to master, so this initial lesson, plus one other, should be sufficient to master the gliding stride and hone your technique.

    We also include a guided snowshoe hike to ring the changes.
    Cross-country skiing in the valley
  • Winter walking & more
    You will probably want to spend a lot of your free time practising what you have learned – there are plenty of easy beginners’ trails, use of which is free with the included pass. 

    Alternatively, there are 13 kilometres of beginners’ and intermediates’ downhill skiing in the spectacular amphitheatre of mountains surrounding Lake Oeschinensee above the village.

    This is also where some of the best winter walking can be found – there is a splendid trail from the top of the gondola to the lake – while lower-level routes radiate out from the village itself. For the more energetic, the cable car to Sunnbüel is an excellent choice – from here, a beautiful walking trail winds up the Gemmi Pass, eventually leading to Leukerbad. (The information pack we send you includes suggested walks, but not detailed route notes, as the winter walking paths are well signposted.)

    Other activities available include curling, ice-skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, tobogganing and snowshoeing. As Kandersteg has its own station, another option is to use the trains to visit the capital, Bern, or the unspoiled Lötschental Valley.

    Cross-country trails: 52km to 1934m (both classic & skating). Trail map >
    Sleigh ride
    Winter walking
    Snowshoeing
 

Where you stay

Nestling in the broad Kander Valley and surrounded by dramatic mountains, Kandersteg (altitude: 1200m) is a picture-book village with a pleasantly bustling centre where you will find a variety of shops, banks and cafés within an easy stroll of the centrally located Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria.
Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria

Bedrooms

 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
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  • 7 nights: 26 January - 26 January 2020 & 23 February - 23 February 2020

    Start Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    26 Jan - 26 Jan £1365
    23 Feb - 23 Feb £1490

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus flights (usually, but not always, from London) and onward travel as described.

    Included travel: British Airways or Swiss Heathrow-Zürich or Geneva (1h40) (hold luggage included; timings vary, please call for details), connecting journey by rail from the airport (Zürich 2h30, Geneva 3h20) & transfer (0h05)

    Prices are subject to availability and flight supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays. We can also book different flight routes (see flight section below). Please contact us to discuss any pricing implications.

    7 nights: 26 January - 26 January 2020 & 23 February - 23 February 2020

    Start Sunday | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Adults
    26 Jan - 26 Jan £1465
    23 Feb - 23 Feb £1590

    Includes all elements of the holiday itself (accommodation, meals and any additional elements as described), plus Eurostar and onward rail services from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford, plus any transfer to the hotel as described below.

    Included rail travel: UK–Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Kandersteg (TGV/Regional rail). Approx duration 10h20 including changes & transfer (0h05).

    Prices are subject to availability and supplements may apply. Book early for Christmas, New Year and school holidays.

  • Room upgrades (supplement per room per night)

    Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria
    Mini-suite: 26 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 £65
    Single room: 26 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 £8
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Zürich or Geneva (latest flight arrival time: 1730; earliest flight departure time: 1300 for both airports)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Geneva easyJet 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
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    Belfast Intl. - Geneva easyJet 
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    Birmingham - Geneva easyJet,  Flybe 
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
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    Bournemouth - Geneva easyJet 
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    Bristol - Basel easyJet 
    Bristol - Geneva easyJet 
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Cardiff - Geneva Flybe 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Geneva jet2 
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    Edinburgh - Basel easyJet 
    Edinburgh - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
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    Exeter - Geneva Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
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    Inverness - Geneva Flybe 
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    Leeds Bradford - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Liverpool - Geneva easyJet 
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    London City - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Gatwick - Basel easyJet 
    Gatwick - Geneva British Airways,  easyJet,  Swiss 
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
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    Heathrow - Basel British Airways 
    Heathrow - Geneva British Airways,  Swiss 
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
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    Luton - Basel easyJet 
    Luton - Geneva easyJet 
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Geneva easyJet 
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    Manchester - Basel easyJet 
    Manchester - Geneva easyJet,  jet2 
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Geneva easyJet 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Newquay - Geneva Flybe 
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    Norwich - Geneva Flybe 
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Geneva Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend Zürich or Geneva. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of alternative flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated above, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice if you would prefer to fly via a different route to the one included in our standard arrangements. A supplement may be payable for other flights.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 7 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • 6 days' ski hire
    2 x 2-hr lessons
    guided snowshoe hike
  • cross-country pass
  • detailed documentation
  • rail travel or flights from London (regional flights available)
  • rail travel from/to Zürich or Geneva airport (if flying)
 
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FAQs

  • In the Alps, most hotels have a vegetarian menu. Please contact us for specific information about this particular hotel.
  • Living far from the capital ourselves, we know better than most that flying from London can be a bind, so we are very flexible with our travel arrangements. Call or email us, and one of the team will be happy to list the different options available to you, and any price implications.
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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