Self-Guided Engadin XC Ski Traverse
Self-Guided Engadin XC Ski Traverse
Explore the stunning Engadin Valley
Point-to-point ski tour along the route of the Engadin Ski Marathon
Network of over 280km of groomed trails
Great variety of classic and skating style tracks
Why Choose Cloud 9 Adventure
Excellent self-guided maps and itineraries
Carefully selected local hotels
Luggage delivery every day
Self-Guided Engadin XC Ski Traverse: Overview
The Engadin Valley is well known for its stunning landscape of forests and frozen lakes, as well as its 280km of groomed tracks. The huge network of cross country trails means there's a wide variety of Nordic skiing, to suit skiers of every level, including both classic skiing and skating style.
What to expect
On this trip we will cover a distance of over 100km over the course of 5 days. The trails are groomed daily and offer relatively easy to moderate skiing but participants will need to have experience of cross country track skiing, and to have mastered a controlled snowplough for any steeper descents we might encounter. You will also need a good level of fitness, as we will ski for several hours each day. If you have any questions at all about whether this trip is right for you, just ask.
We will stay in local hotels with good facilities, and there is luggage delivery every day, so we will only need to carry our daypacks while skiing.
Engadin Ski Marathon Race Week
We are also running a special version of this trip to coincide with the Marathon event. It includes race training and entry to the event itself. We will adapt our itinerary to incorporate training and exploring days, culminating in taking part in this epic ski race. Discover our Engadin Marathon Training Week here.
AT A GLANCE
5 days' skiing
Group size 4-8
Nearest Airport: Zurich or Milan
6 nights in hotels
Self-Guided Engadin XC Ski Traverse: Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive in Zuoz
Arrive at your hotel in Zuoz in the Engadin Valley in readiness to begin your self-guided traverse of the Engadin Marathon route tomorrow.
Day 2 - Ski from Maloja to Val Fex, overnight in Maloja
You'll take the train and bus to reach the village of Maloja to start today's tour. The beautiful 'hidden' valley of Val Fex is closed to most vehicles, which is great news for cross country skiers! Your day will be spent soaking up the stunning scenery at the foot of the Piz Chapütschin, as your route takes you through tiny villages and across tranquil unspoiled landscapes. Then back to Maloja for an overnight in a 4* hotel.
Accommodation: 4* Hotel
Day 3 - Ski from Maloja to Pontresina
Today you'll follow the route of the Engadin Marathon as you make your way to Pontresina. As you ski through Silvaplana and St Moritz, you'll be surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, enjoying the scenery as you go. There will be plenty of opportunities for refreshment breaks. If you make good time, you'll also have the chance to explore the lovely mountain village of Pontresina.
Accommodation: 3* or 4* Hotel
Day 4 - Ski Val Roseg
Today you'll explore Val Roseg. A steady 8km climb will take you to the fabulous restaurant at the foot of the glacier. The route options are different depending on whether you are skate skiing, and there are also options to extend the day.
Day 5 - Ski from Pontresina to Zuoz
Today you'll tackle the second half of the marathon trail as you ski from Pontresina to Zuoz. Your trail follows the route of the River Inn, which meets the Danube at Passau before flowing on to the Black Sea, via Vienna and Budapest. Picturesque Zuoz is a fabulous example of a traditional Engadin village, with its cobblestones and ancient buildings.
Day 6 - Ski to Zernez
Today is a fitting way to end your trip. You'll explore the 25km route between Zuoz and Zernez, often knows as the 'Wild Valley' or the 'White Valley'. The trail takes you past forests and woodlands, and near the Rhaetian Railway's Albula-Bernina line, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your day finishes with a stunning descent into the Zernez National park. You should have plenty of time for a refreshment break, and even a trip to the Zernez Museum before taking the train back to Zuoz.
Day 7 - Departure day
Your self-guided cross-country skiing traverse of the Engadin Valley and marathon route finishes after breakfast today.
6 nights' accommodation on twin-share basis
Evening meals if half-board option is chosen
Maps & route notes
GPS tracks and dedicated App with all your trip details accessible on your smartphone
Personal drinks & snacks
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