Winter Cross Training in the Alps

Winter Cross Training in the Alps

A cross training week for rowing, running, triathlon, cycling or athletics clubs using cross country skiing in one of the most beautiful valleys in the Southern French Alps.

Location: Champsaur Valley, Southern French Alps

Months available: January, February, March, December

Holiday Guide Price
Adult: 786€ to 900€
Prices will vary depending on your dates, party size and / or accommodation choice.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a choice of accommodation options (self catering to half board possibilities available)
  • 5 x 2 hour cross-country skiing lessons with a fully qualified instructor
  • 6 day cross-country ski and boot hire
  • 6 day cross-country ski pass for the whole valley
  • 1 day snowshoeing with a UIAGM high mountain guide
  • 1 day snowshoes and pole hire
  • A tree planted on your behalf to help with your carbon offsetting

If you are a rowing club, triathlon, running or athletics club or a stamina focused group wanting a break from the grey skies of England, but still want to keep your training schedule, then look no further!

For cardio training and muscle development there’s no better sport than cross-country skiing. It’s one of the few great full-body workouts that exists and is a brilliant complement to any club looking for an effective cross training experience and a break from their routine!! No sport comes close to providing such a complete and balanced workout.

Come and discover this beautiful alpine valley with over 100km of tracks... on skinny skis! Molesey Rowing Club did it their winter training week with us and it was a great success!

In the beautiful Champsaur Valley there are over 100km of cross-country ski tracks including one high altitude piste at 2300m. They pass through a variety of landscapes; forests, rivers, open snow meadows, under frozen waterfalls, and there are even a few restaurants en route for refuelling! So there is plenty to be getting on with, and what’s more the valley has an excellent snow and sun record.

In the example itinerary, we have scheduled lessons on cross country skiing technique in the mornings and left the afternoons free so you can put your skills into practice by yourselves. Your passes cover the whole valley so you have a choice of where to go. This gives your trainers the opportunity to do long distance or high intensity sprint sessions in the afternoons to fit in with your training schedule.

We have also programmed in a 'rest' day snowshoeing but as you'll see this isn't really a rest - more of a low intensity work out and a stunning way to explore the mountains in winter! It is also possible to make this a snowshoe run rather than walk.

We have found this formula very successful and flexible enough to meet most club's needs. However, we can very easily adapt it and will work with your trainers and coaches to put together a fully tailored programme.

No previous skiing or snowshoeing experience is necessary for this trip as you can pick up enough basics from your lessons in the mornings to be able to make the most of cross country skiing's cardio qualities! As they say, a change is as good as a rest. You'll be going back to the UK feeling fit and inspired and ready to take on the world!

Have a look at our cross country skiing kit list for advice on what to bring.


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Transport is not included in the price of the holiday as there are several possible transport solutions that will suit different groups.

We have found that most groups actually like to be independent transport wise so they have the flexibility to explore the area in their free time, whether that's following their training plan on the cross country ski pistes or sightseeing. However, if you’d like a transport included trip, please contact us and we can price that up for you.

If you prefer to drive when you're here, we'll give you our best tips and recommendations. The area has a lot to offer, and driving a car here allows some great exploration! Check out our partner's hire car rates.

If you'd rather take the train to get here, the nearest major town with a rail link is Gap and nearest airports are Marseilles (MRS) and Grenoble (GNB).

Ben Lewis - Cross Country Skiing Holiday

January 2011

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