/ cross country skiing
The question I'm wanting to know is, there do you think it would be the most cost effective place to learn cross country skiing?
XC is cheap. The Harz isn't great downhill skiing but great for undulating forest trails, well sign posted, and pretty cheap hotels so fine for XC.
Bayerische Wald in northeastern Bavaria is very beautiful, has vast network of Xc ski trails, and is much cheaper than the Alps.
Reit im Winkl and Bayrischzell are the main XC ski centres in the Bavarian Alps but have alpine prices.
Plenty of options in Norway but expensive
Skied there once couple of years back, it had lots of trails and I remember it as being quite economical.
Bessans in France is a good area with plenty of trails and reasonably priced accommodation. Hire and lessons are average for the Alps I guess. I've never taken lessons as I've done XC from a young age (not that I'm any good at it!) but I'd say you don't need many lessons to get to grips with it, especially if you can already do downhill.
The best place I know is Seefeld in Austria! 297km of slopes should do I guess http://www.seefeld.com/en/aktivitaeten/winter/langlauf-biathlon . My dad is a passionate XC-skier and this was always his favorite place to got.
Downside, it is not the cheapest place to be, but I guess you can score good deals when you go after 5./6. January when holidays in Germany have ended.
Cheers guys! Thanks for the tips! Havent booked anything yet but its given us food for thought!
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