Engadin Ski Marathon
Be part of one of the most famous ski marathons in Switzerland
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Multi-Level
Group Size Small Group
Each year the southeast corner of Switzerland is home to one of the largest ski races in Europe. With over 13,000 participants competing in both classic and skate style skiing it is an event not to be missed! Participants can choose to complete either the half or full marathon picking up a well deserved medal at the finish line. The holiday offers an excellent challenge for those wishing to take their cross-country skiing to the next level.
* All breakfasts, 7 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport transfers (at designated times)
* Cross-country skis, boots and poles
- Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
- Local taxes (approx EUR 12)
- Enter the famous 42km ski marathon
- Stay in a comfortable hotel in great location
- Ski in either classic or skate style
- Cross-country skis, poles and boot hire included
- 7 nights 3-star traditional hotel
- 5 days guided cross-country skiing
- Group normally 5 to 24, with 2 leaders
- Choose your style – skate or classic
- Cross-country skis, boots and poles included
Start at the Hotel in Zernez.**
Warm up day
We prefer not to specify in advance where we will ski each day. This is to enhance the flexibility and adapt to weather and snow conditions and to some extent the ability of each group. When choosing routes, the leader’s priority will be to take in a variety of scenery and to ensure that participants become better and more confident skiers as the week progresses.Initially we will ski close to home exploring the picturesque loipes that surround Zernez.**
Skiing part of the marathon course
By today we should have got our ski legs back and will hopefully ski part of the marathon course, venturing into St Moritz and Pontresina**
Taking to the higher routes.
Today will be more challenging, possibilty linking some of the more difficult routes in the area. Up here the scenery is outstanding, with snow-capped mountains providing an inspiring backdrop.**
Final day of training.
Final day of training, exploring more of the race course.
Today will be spent collecting our race entry numbers, visiting the stalls selling ski equipment and memorabilia and enjoying the exciting pre-race atmosphere around the town.**
Race day is finally here and we will join over 13,000 other excited competitors at the starting line of one of the Alps most famous ski marathons. The 42km route is challenging but the sense of achievement as you cross the finishing line makes up for all the hard work.**
Our trip ends in Zernez.
Hotel Crusch Alba Swiss Lodge – 3 Star
Ideally located near to the train station but also more importantly near to the end of the race course, the hotel offers a comfortable base for the week. All rooms have en suite facilities with a TV and telephone with Wi-Fi access available in most communal areas. Food served is of a very high standard with an exceptional continental buffet offered each morning, and delicious 3-course meals served every night. Single accommodation – single rooms and double rooms for single use available on request for a supplement
7 breakfasts and 6 evening meals included.
Each morning a delicious continental buffet is served in the hotel dining room. With traditional bircher museli, local breads, hams, cheeses, fruits, eggs and bacon on offer there is plenty to suit most dietary requirements. Teas, coffee, hot chocolate and fruit juices are included. Every evening a delicious three-course menu is served in either the hotel dining room or the adjoining pizzeria. Serving local delicacies you will be able to select from 2 or 3 choices on the set menu. Tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks are available to buy from the bar or ordered at the table.
The Engadin ski marathon is one of the largest cross-country skiing events in the world. It is an exciting race, perfect for first time racers: an undulating course with a few challenges along the way and a great atmosphere with participants in fancy dress costumes and locals cheering along the way. Taking part in a cross-country skiing race is an exhilarating experience: the pre-race atmosphere, the excitement of the challenge ahead and the feeling of achievement when crossing the finish line are some of the reasons why our participants come back year after year! You do not need to be an elite athlete to take part: a good level of fitness and experience of classic or skate cross-country skiing are the only requirements.
The itinerary is designed to give you enough pre-training days and instruction to prepare for the racing event. With a course covering 42km, it is not for the faint hearted. The Engadin itself is a long, picturesque valley found in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. Based from the small village of Zernez, a delightful hamlet made up of traditional alpine settlements and well maintained cross-country tracks, our itinerary includes a mixture of days skiing direct from the door or using efficient, local trains and buses to reach the starting point.
Race day is on the 10th March 2019 – entry prices are included for those who book before the 30th November 2018*. After this date a supplement will be applicable. If you would rather not race, or would prefer entry to the half marathon please let our sales team know at the time of booking.
*Race entry place subject to availability.
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.
Classic Grade 3 Intermediates
Equivalent Activity Level- Moderate, Level 3
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.
Skating Level 2 Intermediates
Equivalent Activity Level 3, Moderate
Covering more challenging terrain, this level is for those who have already mastered the basics of the skating style and wish to improve their skating technique. Terrain covered will be slightly more challenging and you should expect to cover 15-20km per day. You will be taught techniques to help you increase your speed, perfect for those wishing to take on the challenge of a ski race.