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Cross-country skiing at Kandersteg

Cross-country skiing at Kandersteg

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Cross-country skiing at Kandersteg

  • Friendly hotel with wonderful cuisine, indoor pool, sauna and gym
  • Breathtaking scenery: the Matterhorn, Dents du Midi and Mont Blanc; pretty 'chocolate-box' villages
  • Professional ski tuition included; lots of scope for independent exploring
  • Beautifully groomed, easy-to-follow trails direct from hotel; try snowshoeing, winter walking and sledging too
  • Step back in time during January's Belle Epoque week
  • Holiday typeWinter snow holiday
  • Duration7 nights, single centre
  • Excellent for
  • Please call for prices
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Sundays from 29 Jan '17 to 26 Mar '17
  • Buffet breakfast, 3 light lunches/picnics and all evening meals
  • Managed locally by hotelier
  • Sustainability rating: 90%
  • Ski equipment hire, 3 morning lessons, 2 cable car return passes and ski pass included
  • Guest pass for unlimited travel on local buses included
  • Complimentary gala evening during Belle Epoque week (w/c 22 Jan ’17)

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email sales@headwater.com

Your base for this holiday is Kandersteg, one of the last surviving picture-postcard Swiss villages in the heart of the Bernese Oberland. It's incredibly pretty (with streets full of cuckoo-clock style houses) and very much unspoiled. The combination of high trails and wonderful open plateaux make it a superb cross-country ski choice for all ages and abilities.

Your ski programme is both varied and flexible. We've included 3 half days of tuition with the local ski school to get you started, then you're free to explore independently or book additional lessons locally. The glistening trails are beautifully marked, easy to follow and incredibly picturesque. They undulate through snowy pines by the hotel and extend up to the sunny plateaux at Oeschinensee and Sunnbuel, which are easily reached by chairlift or cable car. We've included unlimited free rides on the local bus network, giving you the opportunity to extend your skiing further from the hotel.

Headwater customers stay in the traditional, family-run *** Alfa Soleil hotel on the edge of the village, which offers real 'home from home' comfort levels. There is an elegant lounge/ drawing room (with piano and open fire), a lively bar and a heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium and gym. Evening meals are taken in the cosy, candlelit dining room, and there is a special gastronomic evening once a week. There is also a wonderful wood-fired pizza oven if you fancy less formal dining at any point during your stay.

Typical holiday itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Kandersteg

Your hoteliers meet you at Kandersteg station and take you to your hotel (5 mins) in time for dinner.

Days 2-7 - Typical itinerary

We have included 3 morning lessons with the village ski school and you'll start to explore some of the easy trails that lead in and out of the pine and beech forests that surround the village. The crisp, fresh mountain air and beautiful scenery are overwhelming.

After your lessons you can explore further. We have included 2 cable car passes giving you the opportunity to go up to the spectacular Sunnbuel (1900m) where you will find easy skiing on a magnificent open, flat sunny plateau with Kandersteg's highest peaks, the Balmhorn (3698m) and the Altels (3629m) dominating the views, or if you're feeling adventurous you can ski to the famous high Gemmi Pass (2270m) for an extraordinary panorama. The Matterhorn, Wildstrubel, Dents du Midi and even Mont Blanc are clearly visible. Then go by cable car over to the isolated spa town of Leukerbad and back to Kandersteg for a dip in the hotel pool before dinner.

Day 8 - Return home

Leave Kandersteg after breakfast.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Alfa Soleil, Kandersteg (3 Star)

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The Hotel Alfa Soleil is a traditional, cosy and family-run hotel on the edge of the village (only 5 minutes' walk from the centre) with a wonderful view over fields to the mountains behind.

There are 35 rooms on three floors; all rooms are en-suite and have a television, telephone and hairdryer.

For the evenings, the hotel has a cosy lounge bar with a pool table and music desk which is open to both hotel guests and the general public. There is also a large lounge area for residents with an open fire where you can relax for a quiet chat or with a book, or to play one of the hotel's board games.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Double with Balcony Junior Suite Suite
01/02/2017 - 02/04/2017 £12 £24 £36
27/05/2017 - 30/09/2017 £12 £28 £56

All prices shown above are valid from 10/02/2017. All prices are per person per night.

Junior suites have a seating area and balcony.

The recently refurbished Suites have two rooms - bedroom and living room with south facing balcony.

Dates Single room Double room
12/02/2017 - 25/02/2017 £110 £96
26/02/2017 - 04/03/2017 £102 £90
05/03/2017 - 02/04/2017 £100 £86
27/05/2017 - 14/07/2017 £114 £100
15/07/2017 - 18/08/2017 £120 £106
19/08/2017 - 30/09/2017 £114 £100

All prices shown above are valid from 10/02/2017. Extra night prices are per person per night including evening meal.


Transfers included from Kandersteg station at 15:41, and back to Kandersteg station at 11:00.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Ms Douglas

We had a wonderful week, lack of snow notwithstanding. Alfa Soleil staff very helpful and full of suggestions for walking to replace cross country ski ing. The trip to the Hockenhorn being especially memorable. Very good meals at Alfa Soleil..

Mrs Baillie

The holiday was well organised, the hotel was comfortable and friendly with delicious food and the skiing experience was fantastic. The ski instructors were attentive and patient and the scenery absolutely stunning.

Mr Holmes

All travel arrangements went smoothly. The big plus was the hotel: the excellent staff, the high quality food; comfortable bed; the great location. We had a wonderful week of walking and cross-country skiing

Dr Davies

No snow so we did walking instead until the last days. Hotel tried to arrange skiing for us elsewhere but defeated by weather. New years eve dinner and entertainment were fabulous.

Mrs Best

Kandersteg is a picturesque spot. Unfortunately the snow was not as good as in previous years in Austria and Italy. It meant that I didn't feel that I had done as much skiing as in the past, however I still had a lovely holiday. The ski instructor --Stephan-- was excellent. Good spacious twin room at this hotel for single occupancy. That is good when they feel the need to charge a single supplement.

Mr Munro

Kandersteg and its mountain setting made for a glorious winter holiday offering ua a mix of cross country skiing and winter walking in the high Alps. All in the knowledge you are returning to a very comfortable hotel with delicious meals and a lovely welcome always

Mr Shore

The weather throughout the Alps this season has been too warm, so as a result the snow in the cross-country areas is fairly poor. At Kandersteg some of the more interesting valley skiing was closed. However Kandersteg has the advantage that - in addition to the valley skiing - there is some high (2000 m) cross-country skiing at Sunnbuel which is accessed by cable car. When we skied at Sunnbuel it was very quiet and we felt like polar explorers! The valley skiing is less extensive than at Leu... read moretasch or Dobbiaco, but this also means it attracts fewer people, meaning the trails are quiet. The hotel Alfa Soleil is old-fashioned, in keeping with the whole village which is sleepy and - like the trails - quiet. Although it is on the 'main' road, there is hardly any traffic and it is very quiet at night. The food at Alfa Soleil was good, including the vegetarian options. The restaurant has a good selection of local wines. The service was excellent - in the restaurant, at reception and also the housekeeping. In fact the housekeepers were more thorough than I can remember at any other hotel - even tidying disorganised pairs of shoes for us! The owner, Peter, provided a warm welcome and was available throughout the week for help and advice. We paid a supplement for a junior suite and I'm glad we did - the basic rooms are small.

Mr Summers

The resort was small with limited skiing available (we accept the weather was a factor but the skiing was limited even with good snow). The hotel staff were exemplary but our bedroom was small and tired. The resort lacked atmosphere and energy. Without the cake shop/cafe it would have been a disaster. Fortunately we were with friends we had met on an earlier Headwater holiday! Having to pay for the sauna and for tap water at table was an irritation!

Mrs Welling

The family who run Alfa Soleil couldn't have been more welcoming or helpful. The food was of an amazing standard. Hotel is a little walk from town centre but quiet with lovely views.

Mrs Lynn

We really enjoyed our week in Kandersteg. Lucky to have blue skies for much of the week we could make the most of the winter walking and cross-country skiing trails and also the extra activities of the Belle Epoque week during our stay. The hotel was friendly and comfortable and has a sauna and swimming pool in the basement, ideal for soothing any aching muscles after a day of activity. There were few other UK guests there in that week but we found some of the other guests from Switzerland and Germany friendly and happy to practice their English in conversation with us.

Ms Wilson

As this was my first activity holiday alone, and in a country that I have not previously visited, the security of knowing all the arrangements had been made for me was a great pleasure. The hotel and village were particularly quiet during the week I chose but this meant very personal attention during the cross-country skiing lessons!

Mrs Bullock

At the last minute we had to change our holiday plans because a shoulder injury prevented me from cross country skiing. Both yourselves and the hotel owner were very helpful in suggesting walks and activities we could do from this location.We had a fantastic time and would recommend Kandersteg as a lovely location for all the family. The food at the hotel was exceptional and the scenery stunning.

Dr Hamilton

Good holiday, unusually warm weather made skiing a little difficult

Dr Ferguson

Excellent holiday - slightly abrupt hotellier but wonderful staff and excellent food made up for it- room a little old fashioned needed updating especially the sound proofing or take the batteries out of your hearing aids

Mrs Bence

Relaxing and enjoyable ski-ing; lovely location but slightly outdated hotel although the owners/staff were very friendly and helpful and the food was excellent.

Mrs Burchfield

Very good holiday, which we enjoyed enormously.

Dates and prices

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For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

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Holiday type
Cross-country skiing Managed locally by hotelier.


Buffet breakfast, 3 light lunches/picnics and all evening meals

Other details
December departures are on Friday. {BREAK} Ski lessons are in a group of people from the ski school and not just Headwater customers. Private ski lessons available - 2 lessons cost £172 per adult and £143 per child up to 15 years old. Please note we can usually tailor this holiday to any day, any date, any duration (min 7 night stays for 12, 19 & 26 Feb weeks).

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Kandersteg station at 15:41, and back to Kandersteg station at 11:00.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.


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