Discover the magic of the Champsaur and Valgaudemar valleys on this Alps cross country skiing weekend in France.
Cross country ski your way around the nordic ski domains of the Champsaur and Valgaudemar valleys and discover this exclusive winter paradise of the Southern 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 ends of the valleys where the snow never melts, to high altitude snowy plateaux, all managed by an experienced team of pisteurs you can expect high quality pistes all season.
Alps Cross Country Skiing Weekend in France: Sumary
Expect stunning winter landscapes, with snow covered trees, icy rivers, dramatic frozen waterfalls and impressive 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 exercises and a tour of a different area 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 more technical. If you have never cross country skied before, we recommend 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).
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 IS THIS TRIP IDEAL FOR?
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.
Itinerary for Alps cross country skiing weekend in France
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Skiing in Ancelle - The plateau of Ancelle is excellent for learning cross country skiing with a large flat area, perfect for different exercise stations and, once you have mastered the basics, a beautiful tour alongside the river up the Rouanne valley with both a red (intermediate) and a blue (beginner) option.
Day 3: Skiing in Col Bayard - one of the most popular cross country ski areas in the region with gentle, undulating pistes from green to black so there's something for everyone.
Day 4: Skiing in Orcieres - today you will venture on a big tour taking your from the top of the Orcieres valley right into the heart of the Champoleon valley. The reward is an exceptional restaurant in a pretty auberge in the tiny hamlet of Les Borels. The aim is to get there for lunch!
Day 5: Return home