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Dear Traveler,

Caroline and I are pleased to offer our latest travel inspiration - a new line of VBT
Cross-Country Ski Vacations. We are convinced that this active way to explore is perfect for VBT travelers. Cross-country skiing does not require athletic prowess, just two arms and legs and a willing pair of lungs. It’s safe and easy, and (as with all our trips) our Cross-Country Vacations let you ski as much or as little as you want, with flexible trail options and plenty of activities when the skis are put away for the day.

We’ve selected spectacular locations—from the Dolomites to the Alps to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll not only revel in jaw-dropping scenery, you’ll be immersed in charming Slovenian folk customs, fantastico Italian cuisine, fairytale Austrian castles and Canadian wild west lore. VBT has been showing travelers these places for more than 40 years, and during that time we’ve built great relationships with local hoteliers, restaurants, and of course, our excellent local Trip Leaders. Now, we’re thrilled that we can leverage these assets to bring you a whole new season of discovery. We have another special asset, too: Garrott Kuzzy, a member of the 2010 US Olympic Ski Team who’s helped us develop these trips. Garrott knows his way around a trail, but also knows a thing or two about après ski.

So look forward to a typical VBT vacation with great cuisine, spa pampering, friendly pubs and more fun than a school snow day. As for Caroline and I, we’re looking forward to a winter more wonderful than ever before. We hope to see you there!

Gregg and Caroline Marston

P.S. Did we mention that everything you need (like skis, boots and poles) is included?

And of course, it’s all offered at values no one can beat.

Slovenia, Italy & Austria:
Cross-Country Skiing the Alps

Kranjska Gora • Planica • Valbruna • Tarvisio • Ramsau
10 days from only $3395
Including international airfare

Immerse yourself in a winter paradise where even the locals travel by way of their skis. As we explore, we’ll chat with local cross-country aficionados and visit one of the world’s largest ski jumps. In addition to gliding along well-groomed cross-country trails, we’ll also enjoy village strolls and cooking with a local chef. As the sun dips below snowcapped spires, we’ll unwind in warm spas and saunas.

Italy & Austria: Cross-Country Skiing
the Dolomites

Lienz • Obertilliach • Passo Lavaze • Cavalese
10 days from only $3395
Including international airfare

Whisk through the valleys below the towering Dolomite Mountains and the graceful peaks of the eastern Alps. We’ll glide from village to village as frozen rivers guide us to warm, inviting lodges at the end of the trail. We’ll have ample opportunity to mingle with locals, hoisting a few pints or sipping a warm mulled wine at day’s end.

Banff & Beyond: Cross-Country Skiing
the Canadian Rockies

Kananaskis • Canmore • Banff • Lake Louise
7 days from only $2495

Make your way north, into the heart of the Rockies, where some of the world’s most dramatic mountain scenery awaits our discovery. The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the best skiing in the world and we’ll delight in its cross-country tracks as we marvel at the impressive peaks of the Rockies overhead. Off the trail, invigorated muscles will recharge in natural hot springs and we’ll enjoy authentic local fare.
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