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LIST: WINTER ACTIVITIES OPERATORS

These are UK-based tour operators and travel agencies specialising in winter activity holidays including cross-country skiing, telemarking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tobogganing, skidooing, ski touring and mountaineering, paragliding, winter biking, ice fishing and igloo building.
Exodus Snow 0845 863 9600 Activity/adventure holiday specialists, Exodus, have a programme of snow activities holidays featuring cross-country skiing, telemarking, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tobogganing, skidooing, ski touring and mountaineering, paragliding, winter biking, ice fishing and igloo building in countries as diverse as Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Greenland, Iceland, Italy, Lapland, Morocco, Norway, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and USA. In 2007 Exodus also took over Waymark's award-winning cross-country ski & snow activity holidays.
Canterbury Travel 01923 822388 Not really a specialist ski operator. Canterbury offer family & activity holidays in Finnish Lapland (including trips to see Santa!), but they have also introduced a one week 'Easy to Learn' ski course in the ski resort of Luosto, just above the Arctic Circle, for those keen to try out downhill, cross-country or snowboard.
Headwater Skiing Holidays 01606 720099 Headwater specialise in walking holidays but in the winter this transforms into a sophisticated cross-country ski programme in France, Switzerland, Italy, Finland, Germany, Norway and Sweden.
Inntravel 01653 617788 Inntravel offer a range of gentle snow activities in Austria, Switzerland, Finland and Norway, such as dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and winter walks based in sumptious small hotels and guesthouses in picturesque settings. In 06/07 they also started offering downhill ski holidays on 'the quiet side of the mountain' for novice and timid skiers who'd like to avoid the crowded slopes and aggressive skiers in the popular and modern ski resorts. Also for newcomers to skiing, they are offering a series of 'try it out' weeks. Inntravel were bought by Inghams in Feb 08.
Nordic Experience 01206 708888 Specialist tour operator into the Nordic countries with loads of winter activities and experiences in the far north of Finland, Sweden and Norway including Ice hotels, Northern lights, midnight sun, husky sledding, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, ice driving, king crab fishing, reindeer herding, etc etc.
Olly Suzi Expeditions 07796 156087 Privately-guided tailormade luxury expeditions to the arctic region.
White Circle, The 01670 785 044 Arctic activities specialists offering husky safaris, Northern lights experiences, log cabins, ice hotels, snowmobiling and other activities (adults only) across Scandinavia (Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland).

Notes

  • Spanish Highs offer walking & hiking, trekking, scrambling, mountaineering, snowshoeing & skiing in the Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Andalucia Province, southern Spain - highest mountains in western europe outside the Alps.
  • Picos Rock & Snow (based in Spain) operate guided ski touring and snowshoeing holidays in the Picos de Europa mountains in Northern Spain.
  • Fitscape operate fitness holidays, which include ski weeks in the Italian Dolomites with x-country and shoeshoe options.

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