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Cross-country skiing in the Vaud Alps

An ancestor of sliding sports, cross-country skiing has enjoyed renewed interest for several years, thanks to its accessible, natural and soothing nature. The Vaud Alps and their varied reliefs offer more than 100 km of trails.

In the heart of these snow-covered landscapes and in silent nature, recharge your batteries and enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Vaud Alps.

Cross-country skiing is a complete sport that puts your whole body into action and gives you a cardio workout! You evolve at your own pace on perfectly marked trails that lead you between forests and valleys.

Most cross-country ski trails are laid out in two styles: classic (in the parallel tracks) or skating (on the groomed trail).

Classiccross-country skiing is accessible to beginners. Thanks to a longer pair of skis, prepared not to roll back with each step, you quickly find the right rhythm to glide the skis, by coordinating your arms and legs.

Skating cross-country skiing requires a little more balance to find the right glide on shorter skis. The impetus is given by your legs in this sportier version of cross-country skiing.

In the Vaud Alps, some Nordic ski runs are open and lit up in the evening. For a few hours, you can extend the day with a fantastic touch. Skiing in the quiet of the night adds magic to this all-round sport practised in the open air.

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The cross-country ski routes can be done in classic or skating style.

Take advantage of the hilly trails to perfect your cross-country skiing skills.

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Start or improve your technique with the pros

To start or perfect your skiing technique, do not hesitate to take a lesson with our qualified instructors available in the various ski schools in the region.

Les Mosses - Maison de l'Espace Nordique - summer
Espace Nordique des Alpes Vaudoises

A place to prepare for your cross-country skiing session, take a warm break or wax your skis. The Espace Nordique is the starting point for sporting activities in winter and a meeting place in summer.

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Rent your cross-country ski equipment

Cross-country ski rentals are also possible in most of our sports shops in order to equip you optimally. Well waxed skis allow a better glide!

Participate or attend cross-country skiing competitions or events dedicated to Nordic skiing

Meet in the Vaud Alps during one of the popular cross-country ski races such as the Ski-24, a competition during which a team of cross-country skiers take turns during 24 hours to cover the longest distance possible.

Les Mosses - Maison de l'Espace Nordique - summer
Espace Nordique des Alpes Vaudoises

A place to prepare for your cross-country skiing session, take a warm break or wax your skis. The Espace Nordique is the starting point for sporting activities in winter and a meeting place in summer.

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Mountain Professions in the Vaud Alps - Cross-country ski groomer

Paul-François Mermod, known as "Pollux", has been a snow groomer for almost 40 years on Les Mosses-La Lécherette ski area in the Vaud Alps.

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Other winter activities that may also interest you...

After a cross-country ski outing, why not try out ski touring, go on a snowshoe outing, speed off on a fatbike descent or learn about biathlon?

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