based: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Alpine and Telemark ski touring and expeditions, Nordic and cross-country skiing, and instruction courses covering backcountry skiing skills and avalanche safety – in New Zealand's most spectacular winter wilderness locations.
| telemark skiing | cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | ski mountaineering/touring | New Zealand |
Great Canadian Adventure Company (The)
based: Alberta, Canada
Nordic cross-country ski tours in some of the most beautiful winter landscapes in Canada, offering everything from challenging backcountry to gentle novice terrain. Trips available across Canada from the high Arctic of Baffin Island to the scenic mountains of Alberta and British Colombia.
| cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | Canada |
Inn to Inn
based: Vermont, USA
Inn-to-Inn Nordic ski tours in Vermont. Two itineraries available: Touring Cat uses groomed trails at top touring centers, interspersed with mild, scenic backcountry routes. Wild Cat offers wilderness Inn-to-Inn touring using the Catamount Trail for experienced backcountry skiers.
| nordic ski touring | cross-country skiing | USA |
Telemark Ski Company (The) Featured Site
based: Anglesey, Wales, UK
The Telemark Ski Company operate specialist instructional courses and tours in Nordic, Telemark and cross country skiing led by highly qualified instructors. Telemarking and freeheel skiing in Scotland, Italy, France, Sweden and Norway and beyond.
| telemark skiing | cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | ski mountaineering/touring | Italy | France | Norway | Sweden | Scotland |
TourRadar Featured Site
A regularly changing selection of skiing, snowboarding and other snow based trips, holidays and tours worldwide. Including a selection of Nordic skiing tours, including tours in Norway, Finland, the Spanish Pyrenees, Slovakia's High Tatras – or even the ultimate Nordic ski trip to the South Pole!
| ski/snowboard | ski mountaineering/touring | cross-country skiing | nordic ski touring | Worldwide |
DNT – Den Norske Turistforening
The Norwegian Mountain Touring Association (DNT) operate an excellent system of mountain huts and organise cross country and ski touring trips.
| nordic ski touring | cross-country skiing | telemark skiing | Norway |
Nature & Volcano Tours
Nordic cross-country ski expeditions across Iceland's largest glaciers, Vatnajökull and Langjökull, suitable for all levels of skier.
| nordic ski touring | cross-country skiing | Iceland |
Finland Border-to-Border guided ski tour from the Russian to the Swedish border. The 440 km route takes 7 skiing days with distances between 44 and 78 km a day and participants from all over the world.
| nordic ski touring | Finland|
Three Sisters Backcountry
based: Oregon, USA
A 3-day, 2-night backcountry Nordic hut-to-hut traverse along the Three Sisters Wilderness. This is a self-guided 22-mile route, suitable for metal edged Nordic skis .
| nordic ski touring | USA |
Our definition of Nordic ski touring
Our Nordic ski touring section focuses on tours away from groomed tracks and trails, using Nordic free-heel skis (rather than Alpine, Randonnée, x-country or Telemark style touring skis and boots).
This style of touring uses a range of Nordic ski equipment, from traditional Nordic touring skis, which are similar to track x-country skis with little or no side cut; to backcountry Nordic skis which are wider and may have some shaping. Nordic touring skis will be 'double-cambered' to allow for a wax pocket (or a patterned 'fish scale' grip section) for climbing the generally rolling terrain encountered on these types of tours. The more robust touring skis may have metal edges.
If you're new to Nordic touring you might want to try things out before you go, take a look at our suggestions here.