Learn to Cross Country Ski in Italy

Snowy landscapes
Snowy landscapes


Italian Ski Weekend
Italian Ski Weekend

Snowy landscapes
Snowy landscapes


Learn to cross-country Ski in Italy 

  • Explore the Gran Paradiso National Park

  • Enjoy excellent Italian food & wine

  • Beautiful trails away from the crowds

  • Based in the pretty mountain village of Cogne

Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure

  • Fully qualified BASI ski instructor

  • Excellent instruction

  • Wonderful local hotel

  • Geneva airport transfers included

Learn to Cross Country Ski in Italy: Dates and Prices



4 nights

3 days' skiing

Full luggage access

Group size 4-8


Price: From £895


Join: Geneva/Cogne

End: Geneva/Cogne


4 nights in a gorgeous hotel






Learn to Cross Country Ski in Italy: Overview

On our Learn to Cross Country Ski short break you'll be based in the small historic mountain town of Cogne, in Italy's Gran Paradiso National Park. Cogne is the perfect location for a cross country skiing trip in the heart of the Italian Alps, with 80 kilometres of ski trails across 12 circuits. We'll ski freshly prepared cross country trails through peaceful forests, passing streams and frozen waterfalls along the way. We may even be able to spot some local wildlife amongst the unforgettable alpine scenery.

What to expect

This trip is perfect for beginners coming to cross country skiing for the first time, as well as those looking to brush up their skills. The trip is run by a qualified ski instructor and will teach you the basic classic technique of diagonal stride on flat or slightly undulating ground so that you can propel yourself forwards across the snow in the most efficient way. As we master the skills we will ski for longer, but at a pace that suits you. Cross country skiing can, if you want it to, be a very aerobic activity, which makes it ideal for winter 'cross-training' or you can take your time and just enjoy being out in the mountains. 


While we will be on our skis for the majority of the days we will stop for rests, photos, and lunch over the course of each day. We're usually on the ski tracks for around 2-3 hrs in the morning - with a well earned Italian coffee break in the middle of course! After lunch we aim for around 2 hours of skiing practice in the afternoon. This may vary depending on how you are feeling, as this is definitely a holiday and we want you to enjoy the experience!

Travel arrangements

The trip includes a transfer from Geneva airport to/from Cogne, which will be at fixed times. The arrival transfer will leave Geneva airport at 16:30 hrs in order to get to our hotel in Cogne in time for dinner. The transfer time between Geneva and Cogne is around 2 hours, and takes a pleasant route via Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel. The return transfer will leave after an early breakfast and be at the airport by 10:00 hrs. if you wish to join the group transfer you will need to book your flights to fit in with these times. If you are unable to join the group transfer you will need to arrange an alternative transfer, which will be at your own expense, but is very easy to do - just ask and we can provide further details. 


Learn to Cross Country Ski in Italy: Itinerary


Day 1 - Arrival in Geneva/Cogne

The group transfer will meet in Geneva at 16:30, and arrive in Cogne in time for dinner. If organising your own transport meet at the group hotel in Cogne. We will be staying at the charming Hotel du Grand Paradis, in the heart of Cogne and close to the shops, bars and restaurants. It was the first hotel to be built in Cogne and has its own cosy spa. 


Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 2 - Introduction to cross country

Our hotel is just 5 minutes from the ski tracks, so after fitting our skis we'll get straight onto the snow. The instructor will start with a few exercises to introduce us to the techniques of classic style cross country skiing and what is known as the basic 'diagonal stride'. Cogne has beautifully groomed tracks in a large flat area, and a range of trails suitable for every level of skier so it really is the perfect arena for learning to ski. After lunch in a local restaurant or cafe we'll don our skis to practice what we have learnt and consolidate our new skills. Depending on how much progress has been made and how the group is feeling we also have the option to ski some shorter routes. After a day on the ski trails we'll still have plenty of time to explore the shops, enjoy a pre-dinner apéro or relax in the hotel spa.  


Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access


Day 3 - Building on skills

The Cogne Valley has around 80 kilometres of ski trails, so it's no surprise that many regional and national cross country ski competitions, such as the Marcia Gran Paradiso, take place here. The trails are flat or gently undulating and are the perfect training ground for all levels, from beginners to racers. Using the free ski bus we can explore a bit further afield today, starting in one of the neighbouring villages such as Epinel or Lillaz. We will review and practice the skills we learned yesterday, and take a short tour to our lunch stop. The aim is to make sure you progress each day at your own level, and really enjoy the experience. In the afternoon we will adapt our basic diagonal stride for the different types of terrain, with plenty of chance to learn new skills and practice along the way.

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 4 - Valnontey day tour

Today we will take a longer tour that can be adapted to suit all levels reached so far, and put all the skills we've learned into practice. We'll aim to ski to the delightful upper valley of Valnontey, which is famous for ice climbing. We might even spot some ice climbers tackling the spectacular frozen waterfalls that line the valley on both sides. We'll stop for lunch at the charming family-run Albergo La Barme, which sits in a tiny hamlet of old wooden houses with stone-tiled roofs. After lunch we continue along the undulating trails, following the river's edge to the head of the valley. We may even spot ibex and chamois on the slopes  of the valley, and in the woods next to the trails. As we head down we have some enjoyable downhill sections which can be adapted - or even avoided!  - depending how you're feeling. In the evening we'll enjoy our final Italian meal - a fitting finale to our Italian Ski Weekend. 

Accommodation: Hotel, dinner included

Luggage access

Day 5 - Departure day

Our trip ends after breakfast and the group transfer will provide transport back to Geneva Airport for 10:00 hrs. 


  • 4 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis

  • Breakfasts & evening meals

  • Fully-qualified and expert cross-country ski instructor

  • Transport between Cogne and Geneva Airport at the beginning and end of the trip

Not Included

  • Flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Lunches

  • Personal drinks & snacks

  • Tips

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