VBT Cross-Country Skiing
A new way to discover the world’s great winter wonderlands
The woods are silent save for your skis gliding in rhythm along a valley trail fringed with towering pines, as your breath hits the crisp air. The craggy peaks sparkle like diamonds on the valley walls, and on a rocky spur you make out a majestic mouflon ram. Ahead, plumes of smoke signal the hut where your friends await to share a hearty lunch and warm drinks. Icicles dangle from the eaves like bejeweled teeth, but the sound of laughter guarantees warm smiles when you walk through the door.
A winter pastime for everybody
Anyone who enjoys being active in the great outdoors will enjoy cross-country skiing with VBT. Never cross-country skied
before? No worries…. Our Trip Leaders and ski instructors will provide lessons and tips. Like walking or biking, it’s not a sport that requires exceptional balance, dexterity or stamina—anyone can do it! Because we offer a choice of routes, you can ski as much or as little as you want. Our lodgings are all close to the trails and many offer other pastimes (alpine skiing, sledding, skating, snowshoeing and more) to round out your days. Of course, there will be many non-skiing activities included to showcase the alpine cultures we visit—not to mention plenty of après
ski pampering in some of the world’s finest winter lodgings.
Ski and see the world
Spring and summer aren’t the only times to expand your cultural horizons. Travel with us during the winter and a whole new world opens up. Aside from the stunning alpine scenery, winter is a great time for museum visits, wine fairs, Old World Christmas markets, concerts and our signature encounters with artisans, historians and local families who welcome us into their homes. There will be cooking classes, language lessons and plenty of spa services to enjoy after a day on the trails. And because our Trip Leaders are all residents of the area, you’ll always have an insider by your side to show you the lay of the land.
Fine food and dining at the end of the trail
As with our walking and biking tours, our cross-country ski trips include many meals and all accommodations. (In fact, because we have long-standing relationships with many of our providers, we can offer our deluxe hotels at outstanding values.) We’ve hand-picked smaller lodgings that are filled with character, yet offer all the comforts you crave. As with all our trips, sampling local cuisine will be a memorable part of your adventure. Daily breakfast (a hearty one!) is always included and typically either lunch (often at huts or taverns along the trail) or dinner (perhaps at a mountaintop restaurant or a nearby inn) is provided each day to enjoy with great company—your fellow VBT travelers.
VBT will be offering a “beginner” departure for each of our ski vacations. This special date are for travelers who may not have ski experience, but would still love to discover the joys of winter travel. This beginner departure features waxless classic skis and shorter, flatter routes than on the regular ski departures. Rather than skiing every day, we will include snowshoe hikes and winter walks on some days of the tour. If you have never skied before, but would like to experience a winter vacation—this departure is for you. Of course, off the trail, you will still experience the discoveries you have come to expect in a VBT vacation. See ski beginner vacation page
for the beginner date.