Engadin ski marathon in Switzerland

“Take part in the world famous Engadin cross country ski marathon, with four days of pre race training with an expert ski guide and skiing gear included.”


Innsbruck | based in Zernez | four days of ski race training | ski sections of the marathon course | free day before race | compete in Engadin race | opt to do full or half marathon distance | skis, boots and poles included | three star hotel accommodation

Description of Engadin ski marathon in Switzerland

The Engadin ski marathon in Switzerland is an exciting annual event staged in the southeast of the country. Around 13,000 people take part, making this one of the biggest ski races in Europe, with individuals racing in both classic and skate style. The full distance is 42km, or you can choose to race the half marathon distance, receiving your well earned medal as you glide across the finish line.

The course follows undulating terrain and, while 42km is not for the faint hearted, the entire event is fantastic fun, with skiers in fancy dress and crowds cheering you on along the way. You don’t need to be an elite sportsperson either, you just need a decent level of fitness and experience of classic or skate cross country skiing.

This eight day holiday includes five days of guided cross country skiing, to give you enough pre-training days and instruction to prepare, in advance of the race on the final day. The holiday culminates with the race day itself and the holiday is lead by Eric Woolley, English Ski Council Coach. It’s an exciting challenge, ideally suited to anyone eager to take their cross country skiing to new heights. The departure in 2018 will be Eric’s final winter as a group leader, so grab the chance to experience his expert tuition and good humour.

You’ll be staying in a comfortable hotel in a wonderful location, as part of a group of between five and 24 people, with two group leaders. Cross country skis, boots and poles are included.

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Holiday type

Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Engadin ski marathon in Switzerland

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.


UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Leaders & local suppliers
As part of our commitment to Responsible Tourism and in an effort to keep reducing our carbon footprint, we have chosen to use public transport as much as possible throughout this itinerary. Our leaders are committed to Responsible Tourism and thanks to regularly training, they can help you reduce our impact on the environment and maximise the benefits to the local communities. Our accommodation for this trip is a small family-run hotel that uses local produce where possible to create traditional meals.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

Our selection of alternative winter activities seeks to make the most of the natural environment in its pristine state, rather than changing it. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dogsledding are best suited to remote wilderness areas and the development of these alternatives is key to the long-term survival of many mountain communities.

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