Trins and the three valleys: Cross-country ski-ing

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Hard to say. I think the last day when we completed quite a long continuous route with hardly any hiccups; it felt like we were putting it all together and actually becoming cross-country skiers. Possibly also twice falling head first into soft snow trying to do a soft snow stop on day 3!

What did you think of your group leader?

Bob is very experienced and patient, with a great knowledge of the area and its people and a deep interest in the details of how things work and what makes people tick. He was able to cope with the varying needs of the group , and humour and encourage us along. I was personally particularly impressed with his attention to details when he noted that my birthday fell on the second day and organised a really delicious surprise birthday cake from the hotel kitchen! At this time of year the snow conditions can be a bit variable and perhaps as climate change proceeds this will increase. When we arrived there was not much left but a lot of fresh snow fell and Bob revised the programme during the week to give us suitable places to ski.

Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

You should be fairly fit before you arrive, and being able to eat and drink a lot helps too! Several of us found it hard to sleep soundly, partly due to noisy church bells and early risers, so bring good ear plugs.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I will be back to do another Exodus ski holiday I hope.