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Snowshoeing in Chamonix

Chamonix snowshoeing

Snowshoeing in Chamonix is a great way to experience all that the mountain surroundings have to offer without putting on ski boots! If you want to spend some time on your holiday away from the slopes and enjoy the natural outdoor environment Chamonix has numerous snowshoeing guides and trails available from beginner’s level to advanced.

These range from half days in the mid-mountains that will get you off the beaten track and into the forests where you can fully appreciate the calm and beauty of winter in the Alps to full day treks in the higher mountains where you will be able to walk on the glaciers at the heart of the Mont Blanc range. It can be a physically demanding activity so be sure to choose a programme suited to your level.  You can also hire snowshoes from most sports shops, grab a trail map and head off on your own adventure.

This is a perfect activity for bad weather conditions or for non-skiers; walkers and nature lovers will love these outings. Don't forget to take energy bars and wear comfortable boots.

British Snowshoeing Tours

 

Guided Snowshoe Walking with a British International Mountain Leader (IML), Chamonix Valley


If you like spectacular mountain views, peace and tranquillity, and getting out and about in the fresh air, snowshoeing in Chamonix could be perfect for you.
Whether you're a summer hill walker or a non-skier visiting the Alps in winter, you'll be surprised and delighted by how easily we can escape the crowds and enjoy a magical winter walking experience.
We offer full day experiences, half day tasters, and torch lit night walks, with either private exclusive guiding, or open collective group walks.
All our snowshoe walks are safe, adapted to customer needs and abilities, informative and fun. That's because we specialise in small group snowshoe walks, all of which are led by a locally based British International Mountain Leader (IML), your assurance of the highest standards of safety, professionalism and care, local knowledge and expertise, and an English-speaking leader and group.
We work with British-Snowshoe-Tours.com, a small private specialist local company. For more information, contact us, or visit their website: www.British-Snowshoe-Tours.com.

 

Example Snowshoe Walking Experiences


Winter Wonderland
- Snowshoeing doesn't have to be taxing. There are many charming routes which take us into pristine woodland, with stunning views, without the need to climb mountains. The woods are home to wild flora and fauna, the tracks of which we can easily find and identify, and evidence of the human history of the valley, in the form of ancient alpine farm buildings and seasonal villages, abandoned in winter. Your leader will choose an itinerary to suit you, and embellish the experience with observations and anecdotes that bring the surroundings to life.

 

Panoramic Peak Challenge - The Mt Blanc massif and surrounding Alps provide some of the most stunning mountain views on Earth. There are many lesser summits within easy reach of Chamonix which make worthy snowshoeing objectives for any reasonably fit and determined walker. With our leadership and coaching, and given fair weather, we'll leave the crowds far behind as we gain height under our own steam, and marvel at a stupendous, unspoilt viewpoint, perhaps all to ourselves. Tell us your aspirations and general fitness level, and we'll chose a suitably challenging and rewarding route.
 

British Snowshoeing Tours
Swiss Spa or Italian Lunch Trips – Why not combine your snowshoeing experience with a little pampering? Enjoy a morning’s gentle snowshoe walking, followed by a sumptuous lunch at a mountain restaurant, or a soak in geothermal heated pools with views of the mountains at a Swiss thermal bath.

 

Torchlit Evening Dinner Walks - Take a crisp, torch lit snowshoe walk after dark to a typical rustic Savoyarde mountain restaurant. Marvel at the clear skies and silent night-time woodland, and enjoy the crunch of snow and ice under foot, as we ascend to enjoy a well-earned traditional mountain meal, such as fondue or tartiflette, rounding off an unforgettable alpine experience. An easy descent on snowshoes leads to our lift back to your accommodation. There are choices both of walking itineraries and restaurants, many of which are suitable for children and families - please let us know your wishes.

 

British snowshoeing tours

St Bernard Monastery Trip - the St Bernard Hospice, the original home of the St Bernard mountain dogs, is a fascinating goal for a day's snowshoeing. Walking in the footsteps of centuries of pilgrims and travellers, we ascend a fairly gentle but sustained trail to the active monastery, on the once perilous St Bernard pass, a gateway through the Alps between Switzerland and Italy. The hospice has provided shelter to travellers since the dark ages. With luck, and given time, we could enjoy some warming and sustaining soup in the monastery refectory, and perhaps a brief tour of this important historical building, before descending to the valley, and our drive back to Chamonix. (Please note that there is a drive of c 90 mins from Chamonix at the start and end of this day walk).

 

Peak Season Open Group Programmes (4 days) - These organised tours, graded easy-moderate in terms of strenuousness, could be the ideal alternative activity for non-skiers staying in the Chamonix Valley during the main school holiday periods.
They consist of 4 guided snowshoe day walks, with stunning views of the Mont Blanc massif, starting and finishing with pickup and drop-off at your Chamonix Valley accommodation.


Half Term: 21st-25th Feb 2011 (Mon-Fri, Wed off)  Places Available
Easter: 11th-15th Apr 2011 (Mon-Fri, Wed off)  Places Available
Easter: 18th-22nd Apr 2011 (Mon-Fri, Wed off)  Places Available

http://www.british-snowshoe-tours.com

phil@british-snowshoe-tours.com

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