Cross Country Skiing Weekend in the Alps

Cross Country Skiing Weekend in the Alps

Discover the magic of the nordic ski domains of the French Alps on this long weekend cross country skiing.


Holiday Price
Adult: 693€ to 959€
Prices will vary depending on your dates, party size and / or accommodation choice.

Included in your price:

  • 4 nights bed and breakfast accommodation (based on 2 sharing a room)
  • 3 days guided cross country skiing with fully qualified and experienced local instructors
  • 3 day cross country ski pass
  • 3 days cross country ski equipment hire
  • Transport to and from the different ski domains
  • Return transfers from Gap train station
  • A tree planted on your behalf to help offset your carbon footprint
  • An App for your smartphone with your itinerary, kit list, weather and other useful holiday information

Extras to pay for:

  • Lunches, dinners and drinks in local restaurants and bars
  • Your journey to Gap. We can help you plan this and offer a 3% discount* to anyone travelling by train.
  • Spending money

*please note that this cannot be accumulated with other discounts. 

Cross country ski your way around the different nordic ski domains of the Champsaur and Valgaudemar valleys and discover the hidden winter paradise of the French Alps. 

With over 130km of groomed cross country ski pistes pistes across 4 nordic domaines, each with its own special character, this part of the French Alps is a cross country skier's paradise. 

From the 'ubacs' at the end of the valleys where the snow never melts, to high altitude snowy plateaux, all managed by an excellent team of pisteurs you can expect high quality pistes throughout the season.

Holiday Summary:

Expect beautiful winter landscapes, with snow laden trees, icy rivers, spectacular frozen waterfalls and dramatic cliff faces and enjoy the relaxing quietness of snow as you ski around on your skinny skis.

Each day you will join your instructor for some top technique tips and skills training and a tour of a different nordic ski domain each day. 

You can choose whether you prefer to try classic cross country skiing, where you slide one ski on front of the other in parallel or, if you already have some experience, you can do 'skating', which is technically more advanced. If you have never cross country skied before, it is beneficial to master classic cross country skiing before moving on to skating. 

Each day you will stop for lunch in a different restaurant to reward your efforts with foodie delights before setting off again.

Your instructor is with you for the full day but if you would like a break from skiing in the afternoon and would like to try a different activity or spend the afternoon relaxing, this is possible. There are also a range of other activities you can try, such as wood fired hot tubs, husky sledding, ice karting, snowshoeing or just exploring the local area. We can arrange these for you in resort (extra cost).

We are very proud to welcome the ex coach of the French women's biathlon team from the 2022 winter olympics on to our team of instructors, which means that for 2024 trips biathlon will be added to the it itinerary! 

Holiday Highlights:

  • Explore at least three different cross country ski domains in 3 days
  • Fully guided cross country skiing with experienced qualified local instructors for your optimal progression, safety and enjoyment
  • Discover a variety of local restaurants and Alpine villages
  • Travel with a responsible and sustainable travel tour operator

Who will love this trip?

You need a good level of cardiovascular fitness to be able to enjoy cross country skiing. Regular hill walkers, swimmers, runners, cyclists, rowers, gym goers or other cardio based sports enthusiasts will love it! 

Technically, there are skills to acquire and the better you are, the faster and further you can go. You don't need to have had any previous cross country skiing experience to join this trip, but any ski experience will be an advantage. Your instructor will be able to differentiate for different ability groups depending on your ability and experience. 

If you are a total beginner, you can expect to experience a reasonably steep learning curve and a demanding but extremely fulfilling trip. More experienced skiers will appreciate pertinent tips from the instructor and guidance on routes and circuits and the pleasure of meeting like minded people and sharing an experience.


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We have arranged a pick up and drop off transfer from the town of Gap which is well served by a variety of train and bus links from the major airports and TGV fast train services.


WE OFFER A 3% DISCOUNT TO ANYONE TRAVELLING BY TRAIN INSTEAD OF PLANE. To claim your 3% discount, you will need to show us proof of train travel for routes of over 3 hours that could have been taken by plane. Please ask when you book.

Gap has a local SNCF train station. There are direct train links to Gap from Grenoble TGV station there is also an overnight sleeper train from Paris to Gap.

There is also a regular coach service which operates from Aix-en-Provence TGV directly to Gap. 

You can plan your train journey using the Oui SNCF website. This works from all major European cities.


The nearest airports are Marseilles (MRS) and Grenoble (GNB). From Marseille airport there is a regular coach service directly to Gap every two and a half hours. Look at times tables. From Grenoble you would need to get the airport shuttle to the train station and then a train from Grenoble to Gap.

Please ask us about transport options when you enquire as we have become pros on getting people to this beautiful region!

Fiona Johnston - Cross Country Skiing Weekend in the Alps

February 2023

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Great three days learning the techniques for cross country skiing. Accommodation homely, warm and welcoming. Food delici...

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Sue Kay - Cross Country Sking Weekend in the Alps

January 2023

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I had a lovely time. The hotel was friendly and helpful. Sally really did her best to ensure everyone could do what they...

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