Snow Holidays

Holiday ideas for 2020 & 2021

We are now taking new bookings for autumn 2020, winter 2020/21 and summer 2021, so let us inspire you with some holiday ideas:

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Take a winter break in Europe away from the crowds. Featuring high-quality hotels of character, our winter holidays cater for both skiers and non-skiers – go winter walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or dog-sledding, embark on a great winter journey, or seek out the Northern Lights…

Snow holidays, on the quiet side of the mountain

Aimed at non-skiers as much as skiers – anyone who loves the beauty of winter – Dtravco’s snow holidays are that little bit different. In keeping with our Slow holiday philosophy, the focus is on staying at charming, carefully selected hotels in villages such as Pertisau and Guarda on the quiet side of the mountain and appreciating the snow-clad scenery in a way that suits you – winter walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog-sledding, downhill skiing, or even from the seat of a train.

Book & travel with confidence

Book with confidence

  • You may change your travel plans much in advance of your departure with a reasonable fee.
  • Speedy, no-quibble refunds if we cannot operate your holiday
  • Cancel up to 21 days before departure*, and you can transfer your deposit to another trip or hold it on file.
  • Lock in your trip with a deposit and then pay the rest in installments whenever you like, with a reasonable fee. 



Travel with confidence

  • We only work with accommodation owners, car/coach suppliers, who are ‘Covid Compliant’
  • Travel arrangements tailored to you, including the option to drive to your holiday
  • 24-hour helpline in case of emergencies
  • Personalized guides available on demand
  • Duly vetted and assessed – suppliers and properties, which meet true standards.


A good way to holiday

  • Off-the-beaten track destinations
  • Walking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing – ideal ways to explore while social distancing
  • Small hotels which can be relied on to take good care of Dtravco guests
  • No groups – choose who you travel with

How Dtravco snow holidays work

Information you can trust

We take great pride in providing comprehensive information about each village and its activities, and we update it constantly. As well as practicalities such as the best hire shop and the ice rink’s opening hours, it includes information about places of interest and local culture, so that you have a rich holiday experience – however you enjoy the snow.


It’s your holiday, so tailor it to your needs by pre-booking equipment hire and/or lessons, upgrading to a superior room, adding on a city break before or after your snow holiday, or flying from your local airport. The choice is yours…

Expert advice

We’ve been offering snow holidays for years and have a wealth of experience. Whenever you contact our office, you’ll deal with friendly experts who are passionate about travel and who have stayed in our featured hotels, sampled the activities, and visited the rental shops. They’ll be delighted to answer your questions and help you plan your holiday.

Find the right holiday for you

Types of winter snow break

Winter discovery holidays

Northern Lights holidays

Winter activity weeks

Beginners' ski weeks

Downhill skiing

Short winter breaks

How our snow holidays are graded

Many activities cater for all levels – including beginners – and as such are not graded; for winter walking and snowshoeing, it’s usually a case of choosing routes of an appropriate length for your level of fitness. Alpine pistes and cross-country trails are graded, however; below are the terms we use to describe who the skiing is best suited to:


No previous experience; requires lessons. Should stick to green trails for cross-country skiing or nursery slopes for downhill skiing.


Has skied before and technique is now sufficiently honed to tackle red routes with confidence.


Highly experienced. Able to cope with the most difficult of trails/pistes (those graded black).

Winter breaks on the quiet side of the mountain

We offer winter holidays in the Alps – Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Italy – and in Norway and Finland. Whichever country you choose for your winter break, rest assured that our chosen villages are far removed from the hectic whirl of a modern ski resort, and offer a wide range of winter holiday activities. In addition to week-long winter holidays in the snow (including stays during the Christmas holidays), we offer short snow holidays, including Northern Lights breaks.

Favourite snow holidays

FAQs & tips

If you’d like more information about a specific hotel or village, or advice on choosing the holiday that is right for you, please get in touch – our friendly experts will be happy to help. 

What facilities are there in the villages?

It varies. Some villages are tiny, secluded places where you can escape the everyday world; others are larger, with various shops and cafés, but all remain charmingly unspoiled – and tranquil.

Are Dtravco holidays suitable for non-skiers?

Very definitely! Our chosen villages offer a variety of non-skiing activities (take a look at Moso, Pertisau, Weidach, Ramsau, Kandersteg and Sils, for example), and an increasing number of our customers choose not to ski at all during their time away.

Do all villages offer the same activities?

No, but you’ll find a list of activities available locally (such as winter walking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing etc) on each holiday page. If you’re interested in a specific activity, you can use the advanced options on the search facility to find suitable holidays.

For activities such as curling, ice-fishing or dog-sledding, you can usually join sessions organised by a guide from the local tourist office, who will show you how it’s done before inviting you to try it for yourself.

Bear in mind that activities do not necessarily operate during every week of the season, and may be weather dependent or require a minimum number of participants to proceed. A charge is payable locally for most activities.

If you want to try a range of snow activities, take a look at our winter activity weeks.

Are winter walking and snowshoeing easy to pick up?

Yes. Winter walking, because it’s along specially flattened trails, is exactly like normal walking – you can even wear your normal waterproof walking boots. Snowshoeing doesn’t require any special technique either – you just need to walk with your feet slightly further apart than usual.

Can I pre-book ski hire and lessons?

We don’t generally include ski hire or tuition in our holiday prices, unless specifically stated (and nor do we include cross-country trail passes in the standard holiday price, though many villages offer free access to the local domain).

However, we can pre-book a wide variety of ski-hire packages, lift passes and lessons in most of our chosen villages, so please let us know your requirements.

Can I take my own skis?

Yes, but most airlines require that these are pre-booked and levy a charge for carrying them – please let us know at the time of booking how many ski bags you intend to carry.

Can I fly from my local airport instead of India ?

We are happy to book your flight arrangements with choice of airlines for you. Our travel experts will discuss this with you when you book.

What happens if I have a problem while on holiday?

Your hosts will be happy to help with the vast majority of problems – we feature family-run hotels offering high standards of service. Our strong relationship with the owners (we have worked with most of the hotels in our collection for many years) means they look after Inntravel customers particularly well (which is why we don’t employ ‘reps’). We also provide a 24-hour emergency phone line for added peace of mind.

Do I have to start on a set day?

It depends on your chosen holiday. For some, you can start on any day of the week; for others, there is a fixed start day, or a choice between Saturday or Sunday (in which case we recommend Sunday, as Monday is then your first day of activity, when the trails are quieter). Over Christmas and New Year, arrival days and holiday durations may vary. We clearly indicate such variations in the price panel where relevant. 

I’ve never tried cross-country skiing before. What do you recommend?

We offer special Try-It-Out Weeks for complete beginners at the quietest times of the season, with lessons and equipment hire included. You join other like-minded Inntravel guests for the lessons themselves, but are free the rest of the time. Alternatively,  we recommend Ylläs, Geilo, Sjusjøen, Pertisau, Weidach, Ramsau, Kandersteg or Blitzingen, all of which have good ski schools with English-speaking instructors and easy access to the beginners’ trails.

Do I need special gear or clothing?

No special clothing is needed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter walking – we recommend the following for all three of these winter activities:

  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Several thin layers for your top half (those made of breathable, fast-wicking fabrics are ideal)
  • Waterproof walking boots (swap these for cross-country shoes when skiing)
  • Winter-weight walking trousers or tracksuit bottoms
  • Knee-length socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Rucksack

Specialist clothing is necessary for downhill skiing, though you needn’t spend a large amount. You’ll need:

  • Salopettes
  • Ski jacket
  • Several thin layers for your top half (those made of breathable, fast-wicking fabrics are ideal)
  • Knee-length socks
  • Padded gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses

We recommend the use of ski helmets for everyone when downhill skiing. For children, these are provided free in Finland and Norway.

Are Dtravco’s snow holidays suitable for children?

Children are welcome on the DTravco snow holidays, although some hotels/villages are much better suited for families than others. Visit our family snow holidays page for a list of the best places, including our most popular snow holiday for families, the Hotel Wiesenhof in Pertisau, Austria.

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