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XC ski holiday 2019: Hafjell, Norway
For our 2019 holiday we head to the Lillehammer region of Norway. We stay in a big, beautiful cabin with 600 kilometres of extremely well-maintained cross-country trails at our doorstep. THE CABIN: At 300 sq. m. and with 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms/toilets, there's plenty of space in our well-located cabin. It has a large open-plan dining room and lounge, modern kitchen, fireplace, sauna, washing machine and free Wi-Fi. We will be self-catering on a rota basis: expect to cook or help cook after skiing on one evening. The ski trails start 300 metres from the front door so on most days we ski in/out directly from the cabin. Situated at a height of 950m we don't have far to climb to the fell tops. THE SKIING: The combined trail networks of Sjusjoen, Nordseter, Hafjell and Mosetertoppen offer 600 kilometres of ski trails, all groomed daily for classic and skating and considered among the best maintained in the country. The mountain plateaus (up to about 1100m) offer ski trails through mostly open and gentle terrain, while the forests lower down (from 450m) provide shelter on windy days. The Lillehammer region offers over 2,500 km (!) of trails and on a couple of days we can take the cars and explore different areas. Expect to ski anywhere between 20 and 35 km a day. The Norwegians don't grade their trails but expect mostly blue and red trails with the occasional black section. THE COST: You are responsible for booking your own flights to Oslo; information will be provided upon sign-up. The recommended flights currently cost around €270 return. At the airport we hire cars and drive to Hafjell (2 hours). The land-only costs are paid to me and are due by 30 September. These cover cabin hire, vehicle hire, fuel and food (with the exception of any lunches in cafes/restaurants). The cost of this is €620. After the holiday any excess monies will be refunded. THE 2-WEEK OPTION: A few of us will be staying afterwards for a second week in a different location. The cost for the second week (car hire and cabin rental) will be approximately €250 to €350 per person. Just let me know if you wish to join and book the return flight accordingly. THE SIGN-UP: There's no deadline for the sign-up, but places are limited to 15 people. Please message me if you have any questions. Hope you can join us! See this video from an earlier holiday (https://vimeo.com/89850230) and the event photos below for a better idea of what to expect! THE LINKS: The cabin: https://bit.ly/2uBu3n5 The Lillehammer XC network: https://bit.ly/2LnohfK The Hafjell trail network association: http://www.oyerturskiloyper.no/ The trails: https://bit.ly/2KW5rR4 The Hafjell 360° video: https://youtu.be/XYq3nOl0u7c

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    We're a group of international people who enjoy exploring the Alps and beyond using the extensive network of groomed cross-country ski trails. Tours are organised regularly throughout winter and early spring. The emphasis is on fun, exercise and socialising rather than competition. We predominantly ski the classic technique.

    Some of our tours are suitable for beginners while others are longer and require previous experience in cross-country skiing. Please read the tour description for details. Competent downhill skiers generally pick up the technique pretty quickly and are also welcome on our medium-difficulty tours.

    Typical distances are 12 to 25 kilometres with a lunch break in a restaurant en-route. Trails are graded blue (easy), red, or black (difficult) depending on the technical difficulty. If you're a beginner or looking to improve your technique, please watch our technique video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mjbuwmUzUhQ

    Ski hire: Some of our tours require your own equipment, but on the majority ski hire is available. Expect to pay around €15 to €20 for the full set (skis, poles, boots) for one day.

    What to wear: Breathable layers. A pair of thick, quick-drying cycling or running trousers along with a windproof jacket is ideal. Ski trousers and jackets intended for downhill skiing will be too hot. Gloves and ear-warmers are essential, but not too thick. No jeans or other cotton clothing.

    What to bring: If it's sunny then sunglasses and sun cream are essential. Some water is always good, and you’ll need ID for the ski hire. Make sure you have plenty of CASH for ski hire, restaurant, train tickets and (sometimes) trail fees.

    Who were are: We've been organising cross-country skiing tours on Toytown since 2010. We start as early in November/December as possible and carry on until the last dregs of snow melt away in mid-April! We also organise weekends away in the Alps and a week's holiday in Scandinavia. See this video from our Finland trip for an idea of what we do!


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