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Winter trail and cross country skiing in les Saisies

Winter trail and cross country skiing in les Saisies
Winter trail and cross country skiing in les Saisies
Winter trail and cross country skiing in les Saisies
Winter trail and cross country skiing in les Saisies

4 days of winter trail running and cross country skiing in Les Saisies, with Caroline, UIMLA mountain leader, and Cédric Bernard, ex top athlete.



4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec




Join me in Les Saisies for 4 days of winter trail running and cross country skiing!

A 4-day course of winter trail in the heart of Les Saisies in Savoie (30km from Albertville). Join us and improve your endurance in a different and uncommon way!

I have planned a varied and entertaining program for you. It consists of white trail outings, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. The 4 days will be supervised by professionals.

The focus will be set on :

  • Cardiovascular and muscular quality improvement;

  • Training diversification;

  • Injury prevention;

  • Technical advices and intervention on physical preparation.

The objective is for you to learn a lot. We will be in the magical environment of the Saisies resort, in front of Mont-Blanc.

This 4-day course is supervised by myself and Cedric Bernard. He is a former cross country skiing top athlete. He is also a physical trainer and coach. He holds a Masters degree in athletic training and he is specialized in helping people returning to sport after an injury. In addition, he collaborates with high level sports teams (France cross country skiing team, soccer club Olympique Lyonnais, Korean national ski team).

The highlights of this 4-day trip are the following:

  • A tailor made coaching by cross country skiing and trail running professionals,

  • A comfortable accommodation in the heart of the resort with a spa and a swimming pool,

  • A program accessible for runners with no experience in skiing;

  • The possibility to bring you family and enjoy the ski area.

Improve your trail running skills and be supervised by experts in the beautiful environment of La Savoie.

In the ‘extra’ section below, you’ll find information about the required trail running level you need to have. You will also see the equipment that you need to bring with you.

During these 4 days we will run on average 15-20km a day and go up from 1000 to 1500 meters. We will alternate between single tracks and large paths.

I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this 4-day course. Also please let me know if you have any other wishes. I organize trail running trips and courses throughout the year, in the Alps and elsewhere. There is something for everyone, for beginners and experts. I will be happy to take you on these beautiful mountain trails. For example, if you prefer coming during the summer, joining my Trail running in Auvergne tour could be a good option.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Price per person to join a group up to 12 clients.


Day 1: Ski skating

Meeting in the late morning and check of the equipment. Then SKI SKATING session in the afternoon. We’ll get to know each other. We will do technical analysis and video session to better understand where to improve our skills. Thematic Evening: recovery after trail.

Day 2: Ski skating

During the morning, SKI SKATING: technique, highlighting the upper body work, interest in the trail. Introduction to waxing skis for an optimum slide. Then, afternoon running on snow: cardiovascular improvement. Thematic Evening: physical preparation and interest of cross training in winter.

Day 3: Ski skating and snowshoeing

In the morning, SKI SKATING: technique, speed work, video analysis. Then, SNOWSHOEING in the afternoon. Evening: Stretching

Day 4: Race on snow or snowshoeing

In the morning RACE ON SNOW OR SNOWSHOEING ACCORDING TO CONDITIONS. Afternoon SKATING: active recovery, end of course assessment.




You will stay in a 3* hotel (double rooms) in the heart of the Saisies resort, at 200 m of the alpine and nordic ski slopes but also near from shops, in a mountain environment, with the possibility to go to the spa and the swimming pool. Free entrance to the jacuzzi is offered during the stay.

More info

A minimum number of participants (defined in advance) is required for the departure to take place. If the number of participants is insufficient and the departure is cancelled, clients will be informed via a phone call at least a week prior to the scheduled departure date and will receive a complete refund.

Clients are required to have a multi-risk insurance, covering cancellation fees, rescue and accident, repatriation and baggage loss or theft.

(Trail et ski de fond aux Saisies)

Group size: from 8 to 12 people.

Price for companions: 347€

Not included: dietary supplements (energy drinks and bars) and drinks during meals.

Initiation level: - Regular practice of running 3 times per week for 1-1:30hs - Occasional running practice in varied terrain or regular practice of mountain hiking

Equipment: - During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash - To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks, already worn trail shoes, waterproof pants - For the whole stay: a floor mat, a canister belt for cross country skiing, snowshoes (can be rented), spare clothes for 4 days, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs - Recommended additional equipment: poles and heart rate monitor * Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs

Meeting point

At Les Saisies.

About the guide

I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing.
I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.


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What people are saying about Caroline Freslon

Andrew Smith


August, 2022

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Antoine van Outryve d'Ydewalle


June, 2021

Amazing 4-days trip with Caroline!!

Plgm Freitas


August, 2019

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James Jirn


August, 2019

Great experience, but definitely favored toward elite runners. One of our guides, JC, was amazing. He cared about every runner. The other guide seemed only to care for the elites (and himself). On top of Col des Montets, I asked if we had time to put on warm layers. The guide said "of course," but then quickly proceeded to run off with the entire group while I stood bare and freezing with my gear unpacked. Total lack of consideration for the well-being of his runners. Otherwise a great tour.

Christopher Woodrow


July, 2019

Well organized tour of the TDS course. Amazing views await even if you’re not planning to run the race

Andrew Pidden


July, 2018

Awesome and very well organised

Iván Qart


August, 2017

Ha sido una experiencia inolvidable. El lugar es impresionante y el grupo de personas con el que compartí la semana eran majísimas. Los alojamientos y la comida han estado muy bien. La guía Carol excepcional. Muy simpática, atenta y con extensos conocimientos sobre la actividad a realizar y la zona. Totalmente recomendable. En cuanto pueda repetiré.

Kurt Deleu


July, 2017

Great trip. Good balanced program, valuable tips from experienced guide and breathtaking environment.



September, 2016

Mon stage initiation trail à La Plagne avec Caroline a été une très belle expérience. Son expérience sa disponibilité son sourire m'ont permis d'assimiler les bases du trail. Mes compères et moi même avons progressé jour après jour toujours dans la bonne humeur. Aujourd'hui je me sens capable de faire mes premières courses avec des bases techniques, alimentaire et de sécurité. Je compte continuer mon apprentissage avec un stage intermédiaire en 2017.



January, 2016

Pour moi le trail c'est avant tout la découverte de nouveaux territoires, les rencontres et les échanges avec d'autres passionnés, le respect de la nature. Mes 3 stages avec Caroline m'ont permis de retrouver ces fondamentaux dans un cadre toujours bon enfant, mais pas moins professionnel. Caroline est une passionnée de montagne et de tout ce qui y touche (sport, culture, gastronomie) et elle sait comme personne transmettre sa passion et ses bons conseils, toujours avec le sourire. Je garde un excellent souvenir des rencontres avec les autres stagiaires et mais aussi avec les autres encadrants, Guillaume, Seb, Cédric, Lydie et tant d'autres rencontrés au cours de ces stages.

Jean G.


January, 2016

J'ai fait deux stages avec Caro, c'est devenu une amie, et chacun de ces stages m'a laissé des souvenirs inoubliables. Le premier stage en 2014 en Haute Savoie à l'occasion du Trail du Gypaète. Le Deuxième stage en 2015, dans les Calanques de Marseille. Ces stages auront été parfaits à tous les niveaux: Paysages grandioses (on sent qu'ils ont été choisis avec soin), des échanges techniques avec des "pros" (un grand moment quand Caro inspecte les sacs à dos...), pleins de conseils nutrition - mode de vie etc... La découverte des autres stagiaires mais aussi des autres encadrants (très bon contact avec Guillaume Lenormand par ex.). Des conditions matérielles top (hébergement, repas, organisation etc...). Seule critique: le temps passe trop vite, c'est toujours trop court! Donc au final quand c'est fini, on n'a qu'une envie... c'est de repartir pour un autre stage! Et vu le nombre de personnes que l'on croise sur les stages qui en sont à leur n-ième participation, je peux affirmer que ce sentiment est partagé!

Laurent B.


January, 2016

J'ai eu l'opportunité de participer à deux stages, l'un dans le Cantal, l'autre à Chamonix. Un grand plaisir de partager une passion commune avec des participants très sympas de tous niveaux et de tous horizons. Caroline, une grande professionnelle de la montagne et du trail, n'a pas son pareil pour organiser ces rencontres, et tout cela dans une super ambiance et des paysages à couper le souffle.


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