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Cross country skiing in Kandersteg

from $1,849.00

Stay in a family run hotel in one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of Bernese Oberland for a 7 night cross-country skiing holiday for all ages and abilities.

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All about the Cross country skiing in Kandersteg.

Your base for this holiday is Kandersteg, one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. It’s incredibly pretty (with streets full of cuckoo-clock style houses) and very much unspoiled. The combination of high trails and wonderful open plateaux make it a superb cross-country ski choice for all ages and abilities.
Our ski programme is both varied and flexible. The glistening trails are beautifully marked, easy to follow and incredibly picturesque. They undulate through snowy pines by the hotel and extend up to the sunny plateaux at Oeschinensee and Sunnbuel, which are easily reached by chairlift or cable car. You are free to explore the local area at you leisure, however, if you prefer we can arrange tuition at a local ski school to get you started.
We’ve included unlimited free rides on the local bus network, giving you the opportunity to extend your skiing further from the hotel, which is situated on the edge of the village and offers real ‘home from home’ comfort levels. If you visit Kandersteg in January you can step back in time over 100 years during Belle Epoque week (19 -26 January 2020.) There are period costumes, sledging and bob-sleigh races and an afternoon tea dance!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 nights accommodation (ensuite)
  • Regional Travel Pass (with unlimited use of cable cars and regional buses)
  • Breakfast daily and 5 picnic lunches at traditional 3 star family run hotel
  • Gastronomic 5 course meal one night and 4 course meals on the other nights
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Arrival & departure transfers (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Single Supplement (available on request – inquire for supplement)
  • X Country Ski lessons
  • Ski equipment rental (inquire for supplement)
  • Guided tours of the ski area
  • Cable car tickets for Gondelbahn Kandersteg to Oeschinen and Luftseilbahn Kandersteg to Sunnbuel (inquire for supplement to pre-book)

Highlights

  • Stay in a picture-postcard Swiss village in the heart of the Bernese Oberland
  • Varied and flexible cross country skiing program
  1. Day 1 Day 1: Arrive in Kanderstag

    Transfers can be arranged from Kanderstag station to the traditional, family run 3 star Alfa Soleil hotel, your base for the next 7 nights. Here you will receive a welcome drink and a briefing by the hotel team, where you will be given a map and an explanation of the trails in Kandersteg. The team are very knowledgeable and will talk to you about the region. This evening enjoy an excellent 4 course dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

  2. Day 2-7 Days 2-7: Suggested itinerary

    You can explore the miriad of trails that surround the village of Kandersteg during your stay here. There are many easy trails that lead in and out of the pine and beech forests that surround the village. If you wish to go further afield you can also add cable car tickets for Gondelbahn Kandersteg to Oeschinen and Luftseilbahn Kandersteg to Sunnbuel (additional cost). If you would prefer you can also add private X country skiing lessons (at additional cost) with the local ski school to get you started You will receive a guest card for unlimited travel on local buses and includes other regional reductions. During your stay you will have access to all hotel facilities, including pool/gym/table tennis/drying room and wifi access. You will receive a 4 or 5 course dinner each evening, one evening will also be a speciality theme evening. You will also receive 5 picnic lunches.

  3. Day 3 Day 8: Return home

    Departure from the hotel, transfers can also be arranged from the hotel to Kanderstag station.

Where you stay
Hotel Alfa Soleil
The Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes’ walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind. The restaurant is managed by owner/chef Nico Seiler and has an excellent reputation and is rated highly by Headwater customers so you will enjoy fine dining whilst staying here. There are 35 rooms on three floors; all rooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone and hairdryer. For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table and music desk which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire where you can relax for a quiet chat or with a book, or to play one of the hotel’s board games.
Eating and Drinking

Breakfast is included daily as well as a 4 course dinner each evening. One evening will also be a specialty themed evening with 5 courses. You will also receive 5 picnic lunches during the week.

This trip is operated by our trusted associate company, Headwater, who offer more flexibility, so you can ski as much or as little as you like.

Minimum age: children over the age of 6 are welcome to join as long as they are able to participate in the skiing.
No minimum group size: departures are not subject to a minimum group size in order to run, although occasionally a ‘small group’ or ‘sole traveller’ supplement may apply.
Sole travelers: if travelling on your own a compulsory single supplement will apply (unless stated otherwise – look out for dates where there is no charge for single rooms).
Insurance: insurance details are required at the time of booking.

Cross-country skiing is an increasingly popular winter pastime. Compared to those used for downhill, the skis are longer, thinner and lighter with bindings that allow you to lift up your heel. Most cross-country skiing is undertaken on prepared tracks (loipe) covering flat and hillier terrain enabling you to explore the winter landscapes away from the confines of the alpine piste. Included in the holiday cost is a pass to access all the cross-country ski area but any tuition or guided ski tours should be arranged in advance and paid for locally. Please note that other guests will be staying at the Hotel Alfa Soleil (non Breakaway clients).

The Kandersteg area is great for cross-country skiing, both for families and for those who enjoy a challenge. All departure weeks are suitable for beginner to intermediate grade cross-country skiers.

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