Cheap xc skiing location?
Can anyone recommend a fairly decent location for a cheap xc skiing week. Not overly bothered about off piste facilities, as long as I can eat, sleep and have access to a reasonable range of trails. I just fancy getting away sometime over the next month or so and having a decent week exercise.Posted 5 years ago
Have you done it before? Do you need instruction? Need kit hire?
Surprisingly enough it is possible to do Norway fairly cheaply if you’re careful. Flight to Oslo, train to Lillehammer, stay either in the YHA or in a little place called Gjestebu (which is cheaper, but more basic). Even supermarket food isn’t that cheap, but not too horrendous if you cook for yourself. Then you get a bus everyday from Lillehammer up to the trails – and the trails up above Lillehammer are superb.Posted 5 years ago
…alternatively I’ve also been to St Johann in Tirol a couple of times – flight to Innsbruck IIRC, train to the resort, stay in a B&B and eat out somewhere cheap. I think that actually worked out a bit more expensive than self-catering in Lillehammer though. One other place to check is Seefeld which is very near Innsbruck and has very extensive skiing – I’m fairly sure you can also get the train there from Innsbruck, but you can get package deals there, which may well work out cheaper (the one time we went there was on a cheap package with a UK tour company).Posted 5 years ago
aracer: Did you hire around Lilliehammer or fly with your own skis?
I own my own skis (6 pairs!) Fairly sure you can hire kit in Lillehammer, but not sure of the cost or convenience. XC kit is relatively cheap to buy though – I have kit which is the same as what top elite racers were using at the time I bought, and the full set (skis, boots, poles) was less than £500. Basic recreational kit is rather cheaper.Posted 5 years ago
Basic recreational kit is rather cheaper.
Definitly the level we are looking for 🙂 We’ve both piste skied, me some touring, but fancy a week of XC type skiing to complement the biking/running we do. Might take a peak at Ebay/Decatlon to see what sort of prices we are talking.
Any idea of cheap accom. in either Lillehammer or Seefeld?Posted 5 years ago
As mentioned above, cheapest I’m aware of in Lillehammer is Gjestebu – that’s where I’ve always stayed (apart from once in December when I got a good deal in the Fjellheimen in Sjusjoen – though I think that’s a lot more expensive at this time of year). No idea about Seefeld – we had a package trip there, though you can search for B&B accommodation on the tourist board website.
Try http://rollerski.co.uk/buyskis.html http://www.biathlonsport.com/ http://www.braemarmountainsports.com/ or http://www.crosscountryskis.co.uk for XC ski kit (some of those may only be high end kit, but it gives you an idea).Posted 5 years ago
I have been to Seefeld before, it was again my first thought as it got some quite easyish long trails, and it looks like its possible to get B&B for around 200 euros for 6 nights.
Wondered if there were alternatives, maybe in Slovakia or the Czech republic that might have been equally cheap.
I keep meaning to have an xc skiing holiday every year, but somehow it always gets left till its too late.Posted 5 years agogonefishinMember
but fancy a week of XC type skiing to complement the biking/running we do
Really? Are you sure about that? My experience of XC skiing was that it was a lesson in pain and falling over! Having said that skiing at night without much in the way of lights is perhaps not the best introduction.
Also the words “Norway” and “cheap” are normally spearated by the word “isn’t”Posted 5 years ago
Also the words “Norway” and “cheap” are normally spearated by the word “isn’t”
Hence why I started off with the word “surprisingly”. Though it’s the food and accommodation which make somewhere expensive, going self-catering helps a lot with the food, the place I mention isn’t too bad for somewhere to stay. A lot of other places you go there isn’t the option to save yourself money by self-catering (though now I come to think of it, Pontresina has a YHA which might make Switzerland bearably priced).Posted 5 years ago
aracer: Thanks for the links, kit is not as bad as I thought it was, may try and pick something up before we go. Is there much difference in the type of ski you chose for the type of skiing you adopt? ie classic vs. skate? Have only ever tried the classic style!
Deffo thinking Austria over Norway now though after looking at prices…damn sight cheaper!Posted 5 years agokonabunnyMember
Would have thought that Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic would be good spots for XC skiing – and with cheap flights from the UK and beer too. For example: http://www.pl-info.net/poland/tourism/winter/cross-country.html
Mind you, I tried XC skiing and thought it was hell so I’m probably not the right person.Posted 5 years agolucienMember
My experience of standard alpine types resorts is that;
Former ‘eastern block countries are cheapest – Bulgaria, Poland etc and generally English not a problem but resorts, equipment, facilities can be limited.Posted 5 years ago
Italy – always good value for money as is Austria
Switzerland, France can both be stuuuupid expensive
North european places like Sweden and Norway more expensive again. Pick the country first then find a resort.andytherocketeerSubscriber
Kind of. Depends where you live 😉 . Czech Rep and Seefeld can be reached from here by car after work on a friday within a few hours. Wonder if there’s anything suitable in the Vosges? So that’s all potential weekend material.
Schladming, Zauchensee, Flachau area might be worth a look too. Non-stop train goes there 🙂
(Still think I’ll stick to alpine though)Posted 5 years agoEdukatorMember
La Féclaz above Chambery for days out from a base.
If you want to get a feel for touring near to Hessen then the Fench/Swiss Jura route is excellent. I did a trip with a rucksac staying in gites that could often only be reached from the pistes. As I was skating the rucksac was a pain so I spent a couple of nights in each place so I could have alternate days at full speed.
Edit: The gites/hotels on the Transju’ were from 12e to 25e.Posted 5 years ago
2nd edit: I did a trip to the Silvretta area and ended up doing more downhill than X-C. They didn’t groom the X-C pistes every day so it was icy or too deep. I found Austria expensive compared with France.slugwashMember
Norway’s a crackin’ XC destination if you don’t have the overheads of (plush) accomodation and eating out. There’s tons of marked and unmarked trails and they are often accessable by public transport (start in one location finish in another or a big loop). Plenty of trails around Oslo, some with lighting so you can carry on into the evening. The week long travel card ain’t that expensive either & a mug of coffee and a cinnamon bun in a trail side forest cabin ain’t going to bankrupt you either.
The pound’s a bit weak against the Krone at the moment but if you’ve got a sofa to crash on (or other cheap accom, as mentioned by aracer) then it’s worth a visit.
I’ve only done XC skiing in Norway but have checked out the XC trails at several Alpine resorts whilst on MTBing manouveres and always thought they were a bit thin on the ground compared with the Oslo area.Posted 5 years agomugsys_m8Subscriber
For the closest thing to a nordic type plateau with prepared xc (ski de fond) trails outside scandinavia but close to the UK it has to be the Jura, mentioned by Edukator, coldest place in France, completley different to most peoples thoughts of frnech monutains, and not just some short token loops around downhill pistes.
Look at the La Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ) website for some inspiration.
It is non metal edges, skinny track skis style on prepared trails though (‘classic’ or ‘skating’)or do you mean ‘nordic touring’ on slightly beefier skies not needing a prepared piste?Posted 5 years agodonalMember
My OH is Swedish so I have spent a bit of time skiing around Stockholm (when there is enough snow) and around Mora (which was really good and easy to get to by train). Sweden is not that expensive when compared with Norway and flights can be cheap once you are flexible with times. If you fly into Stockholm you could pick up skis there as there are a number of good shops very close to the central station and it would save paying for shipping, and then for the extra flight costs.
Compared with cycling kit, xc ski stuff will not break the bank. http://www.polder.se/ is a good site and will give you a feeling for the price of stuff. Fitting is the only problem and it is important to get the right ski. Also, there is a difference between the classic and skate skis and boots as they are designed to do different things (but you can get combi ones I think). You would also need different length poles for each discipline. I am no expert, so I am happy to be corrected by those that know more.Posted 5 years ago
It is non metal edges, skinny track skis style on prepared trails though (‘classic’ or ‘skating’)or do you mean ‘nordic touring’ on slightly beefier skies not needing a prepared piste?
Taking the GF with me, so non touring/randonee style. Looking for the fitness not the abuse 🙂 So XC style prepared trails.
Have done a bit of the former, have plans for the next few years in that direction having walked the Haute Route in the past, but thinking even bigger.
I have a lot of reading to do on kit today 🙂 Thanks for the ideas folks.Posted 5 years agodonalMember
“Cheap is relative. There’s about £500 of wax in my X-C box.”
True. However, I don’t have £500 worth of wax in my xc box, nor do I have any XTR or CK on my bike. Nevertheless, I am only new to the black magic of waxing so there is still time.
GregMay: It is a great “sport” in so many respects and complements cycling and running very well. Enjoy.Posted 5 years agodknwhySubscriber
Mate of mine owns this place in Slovakia:
He’s just posted on FB that they have space until end of Jan on B&B basis for £159pppw.
Flights from UK are cheap (£60ish last time I looked). It’ll then be a train transfer from Bratislava to Liptovsky Mkulas and they’re 5 mins from the station or you can pay him to collect you from Bratislava.
You’ve got a choice of mountains but the nearest ski resort is Jasna.
Food and drink is extremely cheap and the town has loads of apres ski.Posted 5 years agodknwhySubscriber
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