SNOWSPORT ENGLAND

ON SNOW NORDIC SKILLS WEEK.

Kvitavatn, Norway

30th March - 6th April 2014

After a year away this year’s course is returning to its old home of Kvitåvatn in Norway where we have run

this course successfully for many years. The combination of excellent cross country ski tracks and the downhill pistes together with the excellent facilities of the Fjellstoge make it the ideal venue.

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR

CROSS COUNTRY SKIERS

The week is designed for cross-country skiers who want to improve their skills whether their interests are in touring, racing or freeheel downhill. Participants should be able to ski at a minimum standard of improver/intermediate level.

TELEMARK SKIERS

For alpine skiers who want to improve their downhill skills by converting to freeheel downhill/telemark, the minimum standard is the ability to perform basic parallel turns on most blue runs on alpine/telemark equipment.

INSTRUCTOR QUALIFICATIONS & REVALIDATION/PROFICIENCY AWARD

Those wishing to be assessed for the Snowsport England Coaching scheme or revalidated for any of the awards. This is subject to there being sufficient numbers to run this course.

THE COURSE AND THE COACHES

This is an intensive coaching week with the emphasis on skills development, so we offer  

        

  • 6 days instruction - AM and PM Sessions.            
  • we aim for a maximum group size of 8 but could be bigger or smaller depending booking numbers        
  • Video analysis and feedback.        
  • Lectures on technique, equipment and waxing        
  • Opportunities to switch between cross-country and telemark skiing.                                  
  • SSE instructor preparation and Nordic Proficiency Award assessment– subject to sufficient numbers.

Patrick Winterton

We have the full line up of SSE's top coaches available.

The final line-up and number of of coaches is dependent on booking numbers, but will be drawn from Alan Eason, Patrick Winterton and Mike Dixon for the cross country skiing.

Andy Stewart, Chris Stewart and Ian Johnston for telemark.

All of these instructors are highly experienced skiers, having competed internationally. They bring a wide range of knowledge to the course and are also all excellent at passing on their skills.

Ian Johnston

KVITÅVATN

In the heart of the Telemark ski region and situated at 950 metres, Kvitåvatn is in a perfect location, with 80 km of prepared cross-country skiing tracks through forests and open countryside and excellent off-track touring possibilities in all directions.

Cross country skiing

The area is renowned for Nordic skiing with a network of 80 km of prepared tracks right next to Kvitåvatn Fjellstoge. The tracks run around the lake, through forests and up into the open hills, with a flood lit circuit for evening skiing.

Telemark Skiing

Gaustablikk ski center situated 300 meters from the Fjellstoge has 28 downhill runs, served by 10 tows and two chairlifts. The longest run is over 3.5 km in length with a vertical drop of 500 m.

                      Fjellstoge Old Huts

ACCOMMODATION - THE FJELLSTOGE

Kvitåvatn Fjellstoge, is situated on a plateau above the town of Rjukan on a south-facing site, overlooking a frozen lake which is dominated by Gausta (1883 m), the highest mountain in southern Norway.

The main building has two large lounges with views of Gausta, dining room, cinema, conference room, games room, men's and women's saunas, laundry, drying rooms.

There are various accommodation options to suit all pockets, in the main building there are bunk rooms that sleep 1- 6 people with communal bathrooms, as well as a unisex 12 person dormitory.  Arnes and Odd Eliassens house situated near the main building house rooms with shared and ensuite bathrooms, these can accommodate 1-5 people. All can be booked as single or twin rooms which is of course reflected in the price that you will pay. There are also a range of self contained huts in traditional and modern styles and varying size dotted about the grounds nearby.

Meals are taken in the self service dining hall. Breakfast is a Norwegian style buffet, Lunch is prepared by yourself from the breakfast buffet. A full evening meal finishes off the day. Tea and coffee are available all day at no extra charge.

Please note: participants will need to book their accommodation directly with the Fjellstoge,

E-mail: kvitaavatn@kvitaavatn.no         Phone: 00 47 3509 2040

Kvitavatn are giving us 15% off their normal full board price. So be sure to say that you are attending with SSE.

The table below shows the rate for 7 nights pp with the discount included (Sterling conversions are approximate)

No of people

sharing

Shared Bathroom

Ensuite Bathroom

1

4998 NOK (£563)

5890 NOK (£665)

2

3332 NOK (£375)

3927 NOK (£443)

3

2776 NOK (£313)

3272 NOK (£368)

4

2499 NOK (£281)

2945 NOK (£332)

Unisex dorm room (no bathroom) -390kr (£44) per night

Children under 4 are free. 4-15 year olds are 119 NOK per night

More information about the Fjellstoge can be found at

http://www.kvitaavatn.dk/en/winter.html

Don’t worry if you have no one to share a room with – people wishing to share can be grouped together

by The Fjellstoge.

EQUIPMENT

Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment: lightweight track skis and waxes for the XC course and heavier metal edged equipment for the freeheel downhill course. However, equipment for both XC and freeheel downhill can be hired at the centre and waxes bought from the hotel reception.

The Equipment Hire Price list can be found on the Fjellstoges website

http://www.kvitaavatn.dk/en/winter/skudleje-en/priser-og-vilkar-en.html

COACHING COSTS

To encourage people to book early there will be a substantial early booking discount.

Bookings received by 31/12/13        £300

Bookings received after 31/12/13     £350

Juniors (under age 18) will receive a £50 discount on these prices. Non Snowsport England club members should add a £20 supplement.

Deposit £100pp, balance payable 4 weeks before departure.

Mike Dixon

TRAVEL

Participants will need to make their own travel arrangements. Do not book any flights until your place has been confirmed.

Most people fly to Oslo Gardemoen Airport. But there are other flights to Rygge and Torp airports.

A coach transfer from Oslo Gardemoen Airport to Kvitåvatn will be arranged by Kvitåvatn fjellstoge.

If you require coach transfer please book this direct with Kvitåvatn when you book your accommodation. The cost will be 950 NK return (approximately £105).

The transfer bus will be timed to leave around 15:00 from Oslo Gardermoen Airport. The return journey will leave at 9am to be at the airport before 1pm . Please ensure your flights arrive at or before and depart at or after these times, allowing enough time for check in etc.

It will also be possible for the coach to pick up/drop off at the Hotel Opera, in Oslo town centre, approximately 40 minutes from the airport. This is the best option if using Rygge or Torp airports.

Insurance

Participants should ensure that they have their own personal travel and accident insurance cover for the week.

HOW MUCH WILL IT ALL COST

Costs will vary depending on your choice of accommodation, where you're travelling from, how you choose to travel and how early you book.

Please use the checklist below as a guide

Coaching

£300 if you book early, £350 if you book late.

Free if you book before 30/11/13 and get lucky in the early booking draw.

Accommodation

Various - see table above - remember this is full board.

Coach transfer

950 NOK (£105 approx) for rtn transfer from Gardemoen should you need it. singles can be bought

Your flight

Various - don’t forget any ski carriage charges.

Any ski hire costs

Various depending on what you need.

Lift pass

Only required if you are telemarking and using the downhill slopes, currently 1490 NOK for 6 days (£160 approx). There is no charge for the cross country tracks.

CONTACT AND BOOKING

For a booking form and further information please contact

Alistair Westell

68a Well St

London E9 7JA

alistair.westell+kvit2014@gmail.com 

07971 239519.

Payment

Deposit £100pp, balance payable 4 weeks before departure.

Booking Procedure

Contact us for a booking form

We are holding room allocations with the fjellstoge so can confirm a room straight away

Return the booking form with your deposit or payment

Payment can be made

by Credit card over the phone

with Julia Parker SSE Operations Manager, 01509 232323 (office) julia@snowsportengland.org.uk

by Online transfer (we will supply account details on request)

by cheque (made out to Snowsport England) - but we would would prefer online or credit card payment

All Transactions need to use the code 14NONOROS04 so we can track your payment

Once we have sufficient numbers we will contact you to go ahead and book your flight and pay for your accommodation and bus transfer direct with the fjellstoge

Places on the course will only be reserved once the deposit has been received. Acknowledgements will be sent via E-mail.

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USEFUL LINKS

Map 

The Fjellstoge website

The Fjellstoge on Facebook

Gaustablikk ski Center

Visit Rjukan website

The free ski bus from Rjukan to Kvitåvatn - Timetable

Need a place to stay in Oslo - this was good and cheap in a Norwegian way

The Skiing

Cross country track map 

Gaustablikk piste map

Travel

It’s possible to get to Kvitåvatn by public transport these websites will help - although the journey can be torturous and the timetable difficult for quick travel.

Map

The Fjellstoge’s travel info page

Norwegian Buses website and route map

Norwegian Buses route 185 Rjukan Express

Norwegian Buses route 185 timetable - 185 The Rjukanekspressen

Ruter - general Norwegian Travel info and planner - very good

Airport Shuttle timetables

Flights

Lists of flights that connect with the Coach transfer - not an exhaustive list.

London to Oslo

Manchester to Oslo

Bristol to Oslo

Edinburgh to Oslo

Glasgow to Oslo

Unfortunately or maybe fortunately the 30th of March is the first day of the budget airlines summer 2014 season. Therefore at the time of writing (early July 2013) you can buy a flight for the 29th march but not the 30th. Flights for the 30th are expected to go on sale in August or September 2013. So at that time it should be possible to get a bargain.

Photographs

2010 

Photos tagged Kvitåvatn on Flickr

large Collection of Photos on google+

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