7th July 2021 to 11th July 2021

Ski & Sail: Wales

Get a first-class view of wild Wales, as you sail and ski some of the lesser-known, hidden spots bursting with nature and great pubs.

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4 Nights: 07 - 11 July 2021

£1,282 per person

This trip starts Conwy, North Wales and finishes in style in the Welsh capital, Cardiff. We will have incredible days of skiing in Llandudno, Llangrannog and, Cardiff, not only a super exciting area for pristine dry-slope skiing, but also for sailing.

Suited to
Families, Couples, Individuals, Groups, Shepherds
Difficulty
Extreme - Good level of fitness and expert drinking
Nights onboard
4
Vessel length
40ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Double cabins
Insurance Required
Yes

The ascents we complete during our trips will be planned in plenary, according to the skill level of the group, weather, and conditions in general. After our daily ascensions, we set sail for the next port and prepare ourselves for the following day.

This is an active trip with a full focus on the experiences this wild nature has to offer, whether it’s behind the helm or with skis strapped on your feet. The luxury of having a ski guide and translator onboard also means we want to maximize our time in the pub and ascend new hills every day. The muscle pain and tiredness can wait until after we get back to the pub. Iechyd da!

Day 1: Ship o’hoi – let’s meet and set sail!

The professional crew will welcome ewe aboard in Conwy Marina at 18:00. It’s time to get settled into the boat, get to know each other and ascertain who understands what is and isn’t a forward pass in rugby. Before we set sail, we’ll walk you through safety routines while onboard, and get familiar with the boat. Before it’s too late in the evening we cast off towards a Llandudno where we spend the night at anchor.

Day 2: Llandudno

Once the sounds of the local nightclubs fade, it’s time to get up and hit the slopes. For those skilled enough, there’s an on-site toboggan run, and for those who lack the dexterity to safely drive a toboggan without flipping it on a corner, you and hire a doughnut to skid down the slope on your arse. Friction burns tended to, we’ll hike back to the shores, via the local fish & chip shop, taking the coracle back to our yacht.

Day 3: At Sea

Today we sail through the Menai Straits, around the Bardsey Island – passing Cheshire-on-Sea (locally known as Abersoch) on our port side and set off across Cardigan Bay. As we cross this stunning stretch of open water, the MOD weapons testing range gives us the opportunity to play chicken with student fighter pilots from XXV(F) Squadron based nearby at RAF Valley. We’ll arrive in Llangrannog in the early evening, tucking in under the cliffs to watch the sunset.

Day 4: Llangrannog

Landing on ‘Traeth y Pentref’, we’ll catch a cuppa in the beachside cafe before taking on the gruelling 1.4 mile hike to the slopes. Overlooking the same bay that you risked life and limb to cross, this dry slope is one of the finest. With a less coarse bristle, you don’t get up to the same speeds as Llandudno, but the carpet burn is significantly lighter. After a couple of runs, and an Orange Calippo, it’s back to the yacht for lunch and set off to sail around Pembrokeshire and on to our final destination, Cardiff!

Day 5: Croeso i Gaerdydd!

Passing through the architectural eye-sore that is the Cardiff Bay Barrage, you’ll enter the stunning Tiger Bay where the rivers Taff and Ely meet. Tying up at Mermaid Quay, don’t forget to top-up the council Pay and Display meter on the pontoon before putting on your hiking gear and heading for the bus stop. Thanks to Cardiff’s wonderful public transport network, it takes only 45mins, 2 buses and a couple of miles walking to reach our destination some 4 miles away.

Strap on those skis as this slope is the nuts. Measuring at a whopping 100 meters, this was one of the UK’s first dry ski slopes and also one of the few to welcome snowboarders with open arms. We’ll have a full day on the slopes, and for those wanting to take a risk, you can tube the whole 100 meters of loveliness. Once we’ve had enough, it’s off to the Arms Park for half a dark and wave goodbye to you your fellowship shipmates. What lies ahead? An epic 3-day public transport adventure back to where you parked your car in Conwy – along with 3 parking fines for overstaying. Good luck.

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£1282 per person

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  • Trip experience with yacht – experienced and locally familiar skipper/instructor/translator on board
  • Guided trips every day – experienced and locally familiar ski guide
  • Small groups – max 6 participants per ski guide
  • All the food we eat on board during the trip
  • Use of yacht’s shared equipment: dinghy, coracle, fishing equipment etc.
  • All boat-related expenses such as diesel, gas, harbour fees etc.
  • A lot of time outdoors – raw and damn honest welsh experiences
  • A shared experience and friendship with like-minded adventurers from around the world descending on God’s country
  • The journey to and from the start/end location
  • We do not have our own chef, as a participant you contribute on a rotating basis with the cooking and operation of the boat
  • Possible meals at cafés/restaurants/burger vans
  • Ski equipment and avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Personal snack for excursions on land (so, it’s smart to bring a little extra snack)
  • Drinks like wine, beer, white lightning etc
  • Entrance to galleries, museums, underground gambling dens and similar, or other alternative arrangements and activities that you/we may come up with along the way
  • Travel insurance

What exactly is Ski and Sail?

Ski and Sail is a trip-concept where we sail to the foot of a mountain and start our skiing trip where land meets the sea. With the boat, we can easily travel from location to location and choose which mountains and which areas to explore based on weather and conditions. Ski and Sail is something Italian and French skiers have done since the ’90s. Other Ski and Sail destinations include: East Greenland, Lofoten, Lyngen, Iceland, Swadlincote and Runcorn

Experience level: Expert

This trip requires a high level of dry ski-slope skiing. If you are Olympic level, it is only positive, and you will be able to challenge yourself at the bar.  As organizers, we try to keep the level as equal as we can, so that we can choose slopes according to the level of the group.

This is a sailing trip open to all travellers! Sailing-wise the trip is not particularly difficult, but you must be prepared for sailing in rough weather. Cardigan Bay can be a tough ol’ mistress, tamed by dolphins and leatherback turtles. If you are a beginner, we want to turn you into a sailor as quickly as possible, and if you’re experienced you ain’t seen nothing until you’ve tried to navigate the Menai Straits, against the flow in fog.

Changes in program/Itinerary

The program should be viewed as a plan, and we may adjust it according to weather and conditions. If we’re in a place without a ski-slope, we’ll sail towards a pub instead. With a sailboat, we are very mobile and flexible to find the best pubs, but this might mean visiting places that are not in the program. We have got fishing equipment and everything we need for making skip fires once we are ashore.

Conwy Marine, Take the No. 5 bus from Bangor

Cardiff Ski Centre, Take the No. 61 bus to Cardiff Central

The ascents we complete during our trips will be planned in plenary, according to the skill level of the group, weather, and conditions in general. After our daily ascensions, we set sail for the next port and prepare ourselves for the following day.

This is an active trip with a full focus on the experiences this wild nature has to offer, whether it’s behind the helm or with skis strapped on your feet. The luxury of having a ski guide and translator onboard also means we want to maximize our time in the pub and ascend new hills every day. The muscle pain and tiredness can wait until after we get back to the pub. Iechyd da!

Day 1: Ship o’hoi – let’s meet and set sail!

The professional crew will welcome ewe aboard in Conwy Marina at 18:00. It’s time to get settled into the boat, get to know each other and ascertain who understands what is and isn’t a forward pass in rugby. Before we set sail, we’ll walk you through safety routines while onboard, and get familiar with the boat. Before it’s too late in the evening we cast off towards a Llandudno where we spend the night at anchor.

Day 2: Llandudno

Once the sounds of the local nightclubs fade, it’s time to get up and hit the slopes. For those skilled enough, there’s an on-site toboggan run, and for those who lack the dexterity to safely drive a toboggan without flipping it on a corner, you and hire a doughnut to skid down the slope on your arse. Friction burns tended to, we’ll hike back to the shores, via the local fish & chip shop, taking the coracle back to our yacht.

Day 3: At Sea

Today we sail through the Menai Straits, around the Bardsey Island – passing Cheshire-on-Sea (locally known as Abersoch) on our port side and set off across Cardigan Bay. As we cross this stunning stretch of open water, the MOD weapons testing range gives us the opportunity to play chicken with student fighter pilots from XXV(F) Squadron based nearby at RAF Valley. We’ll arrive in Llangrannog in the early evening, tucking in under the cliffs to watch the sunset.

Day 4: Llangrannog

Landing on ‘Traeth y Pentref’, we’ll catch a cuppa in the beachside cafe before taking on the gruelling 1.4 mile hike to the slopes. Overlooking the same bay that you risked life and limb to cross, this dry slope is one of the finest. With a less coarse bristle, you don’t get up to the same speeds as Llandudno, but the carpet burn is significantly lighter. After a couple of runs, and an Orange Calippo, it’s back to the yacht for lunch and set off to sail around Pembrokeshire and on to our final destination, Cardiff!

Day 5: Croeso i Gaerdydd!

Passing through the architectural eye-sore that is the Cardiff Bay Barrage, you’ll enter the stunning Tiger Bay where the rivers Taff and Ely meet. Tying up at Mermaid Quay, don’t forget to top-up the council Pay and Display meter on the pontoon before putting on your hiking gear and heading for the bus stop. Thanks to Cardiff’s wonderful public transport network, it takes only 45mins, 2 buses and a couple of miles walking to reach our destination some 4 miles away.

Strap on those skis as this slope is the nuts. Measuring at a whopping 100 meters, this was one of the UK’s first dry ski slopes and also one of the few to welcome snowboarders with open arms. We’ll have a full day on the slopes, and for those wanting to take a risk, you can tube the whole 100 meters of loveliness. Once we’ve had enough, it’s off to the Arms Park for half a dark and wave goodbye to you your fellowship shipmates. What lies ahead? An epic 3-day public transport adventure back to where you parked your car in Conwy – along with 3 parking fines for overstaying. Good luck.

Ski kit

Skis and boots

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit (two sets are recommended. Heavy gear for on-board and lighter kit for trips ashore)

Hat

Welsh Rugby Top

Balaklava

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and onshore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sunglasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick-dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife

Dim ad-daliadau. Unwaith y bydd gennym eich arian, dyna ni, rydyn ni’n cadw’ch arian. Mae mwy yn eich twyllo am archebu ar y daith hon. Mae rhedeg y daith yn llwyddiannus ar drugaredd llywodraeth Cymru yn llwyr. Os ydyn nhw’n penderfynu cyfyngu ar deithio, yna mae’n anodd. Dewch ymlaen. Ydych chi mewn gwirionedd yn meddwl bod y daith hon yn un go iawn? Gwiriwch eich dyddiadur. Beth yw’r dyddiad? Diwrnod Ffyliaid Ebrill Hapus.

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