Snowshoe Long Weekend
A fabulous three days of snowshoeing in the spectacular Chamonix valley, in France. This is the perfect introduction to winter walking on snowshoes. If you enjoy the outdoors and would like to experience the joy of wandering through the snowy forests and valleys in winter then this is the perfect weekend break.
- Mont Blanc views
- Glaciers and peaks
- Time to relax
- Superb accommodation
- Sauna & spa facilities
- Professional guide
- All equipment supplied
Ski & Snowshoe Combo
Check out the date combinations using our Trip Planner to see if it works for you or contact us for further details. WINTER 2018 TRIP PLANNER COMING SOON.
The right trip for you?
Snowshoeing is simply 'walking' in winter. We put snowshoes on our feet to stop ourselves sinking into the snow, and to generally make walking easier when travelling through the mountains. Anyone, who enjoys the outdoors will love this long weekend. The days are relatively relaxed offering 3-4 hours of walking per day. This allows time to spare each day to explore, shop or simply relax within our glorious mountain environment.
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|SEB1 18||Sat 6 January 18||Wed 10 January 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SEB2 18||Sat 13 January 18||Wed 17 January 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SEB3 18||Sat 3 February 18||Wed 7 February 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SEB4 18||Sat 17 February 18||Wed 21 February 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SEB5 18||Sat 24 February 18||Wed 28 February 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SEB6 18||Sat 3 March 18||Wed 7 March 18||£695||Places available | Make a Booking|
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.
Day 1 Arrival - Chamonix, France
Your guide will meet you this evening in the beautiful alpine town of Chamonix, France to answer any questions about your weekend of snowshoeing.
Day 2 Bois du Bouchet
On our first day we have an introduction to snowshoeing and include instruction on how to make the most of your snowshoes in the terrain. The Bois du Bouchet lies on the edge of Chamonix town and offers a wander through the woodlands, taking in some gentle ascents and descents allowing you time to get used to this winter wonderland. There are many varied trails through the woods and your guide will choose the best route for the day and conditions. We are near the cross country ski tracks and for those who have chosen to book our 'combo' and are also joining our beginners cross country ski break this is a great chance to see what lies in store on the ski tracks. The woodlands are magical in any weather, and when the snow is falling it is truly like being inside a Christmas card! Ascent approx. 200 metres. 3-4 hrs.
Day 3 Vallorcine - the Valley of the Bears
After a leisurely breakfast we will take the historic Mont Blanc Express train towards the Swiss frontier for a snowshoe walk in Vallorcine. This is the 'Valley of the Bears', so named due to the high numbers of bears in the Middle Ages. It offers various options for an excellent day on snowshoes, and we will aim to do a loop which will take us past some gorgeous hidden chalets and hamlets. We may also explore the Berard Valley, walking beside the gorge and the waterfalls where the ice is frozen into fantastic shapes. We will be walking for around 4 hours with the aim of getting you back to Chamonix in time for some après 'snow'. Ascent approx 350m. 3 - 4 hrs.
Day 4 Le Prarion summit
Today we travel to Les Houches and take the ski lift into the mountains, a great way to save the legs! We are rewarded with excellent views of the entire Mont Blanc range. From here we wander up to the summit of Le Prarion which sits at 1969m. It offers a wonderful vista of the whole Chamonix Valley and your guide will be able to point out the major peaks which have for centuries attracted alpine climbers from around the world. Another option, depending on snow conditions, is that we may take the route up Mont Lachat to the summit at 2115m. Either offer a lovely snowshoe hike. Ascent approx 100 - 200m. 3 - 4 hrs.
Day 5 Departure
Today you leave having filled your lungs with pure mountain air, and hopefully with a healthy glow to your cheeks.
While in Chamonix we usually use the 3* Hotel Aiguille du Midi which is a lovely place to stay with excellent food and sauna/spa facilities. This trip will include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and meals can be adapted to suit any dietary requirement. To ensure that we are able to booking the Hotel Aiguille du Midi we advise you to book early. If this hotel is not available then we will stay somewhere similar in Chamonix and always where possible we use family run hotels, with plenty of comfort and character!
In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. In winter temperatures can range from +10 degrees Celsius, to -15 degrees celsius. Even in winter it is often sunny with lovely blue sky days, but it can snow heavily and you would be prepared for any eventuality.
Included: the services of a qualified International Mountain Leader and their expenses, 4 nights half board accommodation in a 2* hotel/chalet. It includes all snowshoe equipment - each client is required to have snowshoes and poles, a snow shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver (a radio beacon allowing search and rescue). The carrying of this equipment is normal practice and as we believe strongly in 'best practice' we would like to point out that it is compulsory to do so while on a Tracks and Trails trip.
Not included: flights, transfers, insurance, picnic lunches, and drinks.
This trip will run once a minimum number of 4 clients have booked. We will take a maximum of 8 clients. We advise you not to make your travel arrangements until this trip is guaranteed to run.
Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
We can supply all specific snowshoe equipment required. Upon booking a full list of the necessary suitable clothing will be provided. Warm and waterproof walking boots are essential. They must be boots with ankle support and not low cut walking shoes or trainers.
The Alps are easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. For suggested travel links please refer to our Booking & Information pages for further details. Geneva, Switzerland is the closest international airport with easy access to Chamonix. There are many companies who offer transfer services between Geneva and Chamonix, this costs around 40 Euros each way, and takes approx. 1.15hrs. You can also take the Eurostar train from London to Chamonix. Please contact us if you need further advise on your specific travel requirements.
Please note that if you are booking onto a combined Italian Ski Break and Snowshoe Long Weekend then both your transfer to and from the airport will be included in the trip price.