Snowshoeing

Winter mountains aren’t just for skiing.  Snowshoeing gives you the chance to experience the mountains in winter, get away from the crowds, see animal tracks, walk through magical wintery forests, along sunny ridges, and even gain a winter summit.  Every winter we have a wonderful range of folk who like to come snowshoeing with us, from babysitting grandmothers, to skiers who would like a day doing something different, to families having a fun day away from the slopes together, to ultra distance athletes who want a good hard training work out.  The beauty of snowshoeing is that it can be tailored to meet everyone’s individual needs. Join us for a half day, full day, evening dinner or overnight walk where we will chose an itinerary to suit you and walk at your comfortable pace.

What is snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is really just ‘Winter hiking’…Think of a ‘tennis racquet’ that you strap on your foot which gives you enough surface area to allow you to walk in the snow without sinking up to your ears. Made with lightweight modern plastic and easy fix straps the ‘snowshoes’ are designed to be easy to walk in.

Who’s is it for?

Everyone can snowshoe. If you like walking, and would like to experience the Alpine winter, then you’ll like snowshoeing.  Non-skiers and skiers alike. It is a way to get away from the crowds, and often to areas that you could never imagine existed, be that on a high alpine meadow, or through a magical forest.  We will often spot traces of animals and birds, and sometimes see them in their winter environment.

Where can I do it?

The scope of snowshoeing is vast, and can be a high mountain adventure, lowland forest walk, evening dinner outing and family fun.  Based in the shadow of Mont Blanc, we will be pleased to take you to some lovely snowshoeing areas. From Megeve, Les Contamines, St Gervais to the Chamonix Valley, or even further afield on request!

The Grand St Bernard Monastery is one of our favourites.  On the Swiss / Italian boarder, the monastery has been a resting place for travellers for over 1000 years, and you will receive a warm welcome from the monks who live there today. We walk up from the Swiss side, and  the following morning we can do a nice morning walk before retracing our steps back to the car.

Another great trip is through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the Italian Val Ferret and to the Refuge Bonatti. A favourite stopping point on the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Refuge Bonatti is in a stunning location, and a night there is a truly magical experience.

What will it be like?

On a half day or day walk we will chose an itinerary to suit you, we will walk at a comfortable speed, without racing off into the distance. On the way it is very likely that we will spot interesting plants and animal tracks, and other points of interest.  We will stop from time to time for a drink and a chance to take in the surrounding views and winter wonderland?

On an evening dinner walk, we will meet in the early evening, and walk by head-torch through the snow to a mountain restaurant for a wonderful, Savoyard dinner experience (always involving large amounts of cheese!!).  Once suitably satiated and fed, we return home having had a great evening adventure.

Overnight trips – For the more adventurous, there are some fabulous 2 day overnight snowshoe trips.

How hard is it?

This is the great bit, it can be as easy or as hard as you would like. Just as for a walk, we can design a day, half day, evening or multi day schedule that would suit you, your fitness level and your aspirations.

What do I need?

Walking boots (or warm, comfortable winter footwear), warm clothes, gloves, woolly hat, a drink and snack, with a rucksack or something similar to carry it in.  We will provide you with a pair of snowshoes and walking poles.

How much does is cost?

  • 200€ for a full day (typically 9am – 3/4pm)
  • 150€ for a half day (typically 9am – midday)
  • Evening Restaurant snowshoe – Prices on request
  • Prices include a fully qualified International Mountain Leader, use of snowshoes and poles, as well as avalanche safety equipment.

In our experience grouping people who don’t already know each other together rarely works very well, as there are often large differences in fitness, experience and aspirations, so we generally only do a private daily rate, as above.  We can take groups from 1 to 8 people per guide.