Black Forest Cross-country Ski Tour
Point-to-point skiing in the Black Forest
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Multi-Level
Group Size Small Group
This week is all about discovering landscapes and exploring a region while cross-country skiing. As we ski each day from one village to another, we explore the deep pine forests, open valleys and meadows of the wonderful Black Forest. We stay in family-run hotels and B&Bs.
* 5 nights in hotels or Gasthofs
* 5 days of point-to-point ski instruction/guiding
* Cross-country skis and boots rental included
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Point-to-point cross-country skiing
- Beautiful scenery of the Black Forest
- Charming accommodation
- 5 days guided cross-country skiing
- 6 nights hotels and gasthofs
- Cross-country skiing grade 3, unsuitable for beginners
- Mix of flat and undulating tracks, approx. 20 to 25km per day
Start at our hotel in Hinterzarten. Before dinner we will get our ski equipment from the local ski shop.
Hinterzarten to Rinken
We start with a day through the Hinterzarten forest, skiing the beautiful tracks to Rinken, at the foot of the Feldberg. The track takes us along the small Feldsee Lake, beautifully nestled in a natural cirque.
Rinken to Muggenbrunn
Today we enjoy incredible views as we traverse the highest mountain of the Black Forest, the Feldberg (1493m). Following the crest, the track is mostly downhill as it takes us to Muggenbruun.
Muggenbrunn, Bernau and Sankt Blasien
We head out for the lovely Bernau hills and head towards Sankt Blasien for a visit of the remarkable Dome and perhaps a ”Gateau stop”.
Bernau to Menzenschwand.
Some off track skiing today as we make our way to the Black Forest’s second highest summit, the Herzogenhorn (1415m). From there, if the sky is clear, we can enjoy an incredible panorama over the Bernese Alps. We then descend via the Hochkopf pass to our accommodation in Menzenschwand.
Menzenschwand to Hinterzarten.
Our last day starts with a gentle ascent to reach the Aulner Pass. We then glide our way down to Schluchsee, one of the Black Forest’s largest lake before heading back to Hinterzarten.
Our trip ends in Hinterzarten after breakfast.
Gasthofs and Hotels
We stay in a mix of family-run hotels and gasthofs (pensions/B&B style accommodation). The accommodation is comfortable and everywhere we are welcomed with wonderful hospitality. Please note that twin rooms often have a large single bed frame with two seperate mattresses (and separate duvets and blankets) so they cannot be seperated.
All breakfasts, all lunches and 6 dinners included.
Breakfasts and dinners are taken at the hotels/guesthouses. Continental and cooked breakfasts are available in most places. Lunch will be picnic style.
The region is well known for its hearty food, locally brewed beer and of course cakes!
Breakaway offers cross-country skiing holidays to suit a wide range of technical and physical levels. Our cross-country skiing grades reflect both the level of physical fitness required and the level of skiing experience required. They are comparable to the activity levels we use on our snowshoeing, cycling, activity and trekking holidays, however we believe a slightly different system is required, due to the tuition we provide on our holidays. This sets our cross-country skiing holidays apart, as we tend not to need to teach people how to ride a bike or walk. The aim remains to create groups of similar ability and fitness. Our descriptions are below, however feel free to call and speak to an expert if you are unsure which grade or type of holiday will suit you best.
This trip is is accessible to anyone with intermediate (level 3) cross-country skiing ability. Previous experience of ski touring or point-to-point cross-country skiing is not necessary. Each day we ski from one village to another using prepared tracks (loipes), although on occasion we may ski small sections off track. There will be sections that involve going up and down slopes so it is important that you know how to snowplough.
Grade 3 – Intermediates
A grade 3 week is ideal for those looking to push on, tackle some slightly steeper terrain and cover more ground each day. Typical groups will have a few weeks skiing behind them, be very comfortable with the basics and happy on longer day tours. There will still be tuition on these weeks, at the required level.