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Club cross country ski training trip to Oberhof Ski Hall, Germany

Thursday 7 - Sunday 10 November 2019

About this training trip

This is a very popular early season cross country ski training trip to Oberhof Ski Hall for Club members.  The group is kept to a small, manageable size [maximum 16 people] to get the most out of the coaching from Peter Moysey. 

The trip is not suitable for beginners – ideally you should be a competent classic and skating skier.

It’s a busy schedule so aim to be as close to full ski fitness as you can be (come roller skiing with the Club first) - you will be skiing within an hour, at the latest, of arriving at the accommodation!

The skiing

A 1 hour session in the Ski Hall starting on arrival on Thursday evening, followed by 2 x 2 hours sessions Friday & Saturday and a shorter session on Sunday morning before departing Oberhof for return flights from Frankfurt not before 1800 local time.

The skiing sessions will alternate between skate and classic, generally starting with a skating session on Thursday evening. The sessions are normally as follows - Thursday about 1830 to 1930, Friday and Satuday 1200-1400 and 1800-2000 roughly, Sunday hopefully 1100-1200.

All equipment [skis, boots etc] can be hired and there is a good waxing room with irons but bring or buy your own wax. Wear normal ski clothing in the Hall (lockers provided) and be prepared for some early winter weather outside.

Oberhof is a ski hall and not a tunnel – there is plenty of space and daylight but not in all sections.  Its 2 km track follows the natural contours of the ground so it has some hills of varying length and steepness. The snow is primarlly man made so feels slightly different to the real thing – the skiings’s a bit harder. 

If you’re not familiar with the Ski Hall have a look at their website.

Travel arrangements

Book your own flights to arrive in Frankfurt by 1300 at the very latest local time on 7/11 then travel by minibus to Oberhof which takes about 3 hours. Travel independently by all means but let the organiser know.
From Heathrow we suggest using Lufthansa - there is still no charge for skis but free ski carriage is getting more difficult to find so take care with your flight booking conditions and register your skis with Lufthansa Customer Services (0371 945 9747) before the flight if appropriate. We normally meet in the car hire section of Terminal 1 and return flights should be booked back from Frankfurt not before 1800 local time.

Accommodation

Pension Waldschlosschen - single room 62 euros per night and a double 50 euros per night on half board (plus 2 euros per day tourist tax. Single rooms normally guaranteed. Prices within a few euros. 

We aim to have dinner about 2000 each night apart from Thursday which tends to be bit later. Three double and 10 single rooms are pre-booked, you pay you own bill on departure, most cards accepted.

Other costs:

10 hour ski pass approximately 80 euros plus ski and kit hire if needed.

Deposit of £150 payable when requested by end September 2019 latest – details to follow.

What to do next

Places are likely to go quickly so contact Des Goff asap to book your place, or to be put on the reserve list.

More information about Oberhof

Oberhof is a quiet, small town in the former East Germany which relies pretty much on winter sports and tourism although it has sadly now lost its railway station.  World Cup Biathlon events are held there annually and there are good ski shops  in both the Hall and the town [eg Sport Luck] which has the normal array of shops, cafes, banks and ATMs etc