Cross-Country Skiing Slovenia, Austria & Italy with VBT

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This winter VBT is offering five, fabulous cross-country ski vacations throughout the world to the Canadian Rockies, Dolomites, Julian Alps, Green Mountains, and Yellowstone National Park. Over the next month we’ll be posting a series DSC_3658short blogs that will highlight some of the great experiences—both on and off the trail—that these active vacations are chocked full of. For those of you who don’t know, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations added a new line of three Cross-country ski vacations in the winter of 2012/2013.  After a wildly successful first year, we’ve added 2 more vacations for the 2014 season. Each trip includes all accommodations, round-trip airfare—on European vacations—many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities. This week we kick off the month long series with a brief introduction to our Slovenia, Italy & Austria: Cross-Country Skiing the Alps vacation, which has five departures throughout January and February of 2014.

DSC_4370Tucked away in a snowy corner of Europe, the distinct cultures of Slovenia, Austria and Italy come together in the Julian Alps. Our journey begins in the shadows of Mount Triglav—the Julian range’s highest peak—in the Slovenian resort town of Kranjska Gora. There, we’ll glide along some of the regions finest ski trails and even ski up to visit the largest ski jump in the world, in Planica, during the trip.

As we crossover in to Italy, we’ll spend a morning in the picturesque village of ValbrunaMAR_1064 skiing through peaceful woods, alongside small streams and stunning views of vast snow-covered mountains like Mount Lussari. One of the “off the trail” activities that make this trip so special is an afternoon visit to Ararad Khatchikian’s International Sled Dog School in Tarvisio. Here, we’ll learn how this important means of alpine transport became a sport and then get to enjoy a dog sled ride, mushing the dogs ourselves!

DSC_3904The third country we’ll visit on this wonderful vacation is Austria. Our Austrian skiing adventure begins in Ramsau which lies on a plateau in the midst of the rugged Alpine terrain—an ideal locale for some word-class cross-country skiing. As per usual on a VBT vacations we’ll ski at our own pace, whether it is slow and steady on the flat valley trail or a vigorous jaunt up to another breathtaking vista. Many meals are included in the price of a VBT vacation and one of our favorites on this trip is the night we walk about a mile for our hotel up to the Gruberstube, which offers traditional Austrian fare, including a variety of fondues and a large selection of excellent wines from the region and beyond.

DSC_4923So join us this winter out on the trails in some of the world’s most jaw dropping cross-country skiing destinations. With VBT, after a fun-filled adventure day out in the snow, you’ll have a warm fire, comfortable bed and delicious, authentic meals to enjoy by nightfall. See you next week as the series continues with a blog about our Italy: Cross-Country Skiing the Dolomites​ vacation!

TRIVIA: The first person to answer the following question correctly in the comments section below will win a “VBT Ski Pack” complete with a VBT winter hat, ski ties & poster – Good luck!

What is the name of the warm, sweet winter drink found in small Alpine towns of Northern Italy…and on both of our European ski vacations?