Mont Blanc Snow Shoe Week
France & Italy & Switzerland, Snowshoeing, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
Cosy chalet accomodation complete with sauna and hot tub, all specialist equipment and ALL meals included in the holiday price. This is a great value winter adventure.
- Snowshoeing in France, Switzerland and Italy
- Stunning views of the Mont Blanc range
- Suitable for fit beginners & intermediates
- Superb accommodation in the Chamonix Valley
- A night in the famous Bonatti Refuge, Italy
Snowshoeing is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the world, travelling through the quiet serenity of snow-covered landscapes is a truly rewarding experience and the snowshoes allow us to really get out into the mountains. Modern snowshoes are light and easy to use so it is possible to progress very quickly from easy trails to steep mountain slopes. Instruction will be given in the use of safety equipment and, after familiarising ourselves with basic techniques, we will soon progress to more challenging terrain, leading to high viewpoints and alpine summits! As we ascend the sun-drenched snow slopes above the tree-line, with breathtaking views of the Chamonix Aiguilles, the magic of snowshoe walking will become immediately obvious! Returning to the valley each evening, our comfortable chalet base with Hot Tubs, Saunas and all the home comforts, will provide a great place to rest and recuperate ahead of the next day's adventure. As well as the best walks in the Chamonix Valley, including Mont de l'Arpille in Switzerland, if the snow and weather conditions allow we will also hope to head through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy where we will spend two days deep in the mountains exploring around the Bonatti Refuge. In winter the Refugio, dedicated to the memory of mountaineer and photographer Walter Bonatti, is only accessible on skis or snowshoes; so those who spend the night here have earned the privilege! A real treat.
Is this holiday for you?
This week of centre-based, guided snowshoeing is designed to appeal to regular mountain walkers wishing to learn snowshoe techniques as well as those with previous snow-shoeing experience. During the holiday we will cover a variety of ground from relatively easy snow covered trails to steeper mountain slopes and for the night in the Bonatti Refuge you will need to carry everything you will need for the following day - though bedding will be provided at the refuge and towels can be hired. The itinerary will be flexible and during the week as the guides will use their expertise and local knowledge to determine the best routes to take advantage of prevailing snow conditions and the abilities of the group. A suggested itinerary for the week is given below, but may be subject to change. It should be noted that in some snow conditions snowshoeing can be quite energetic and you should have a good level of cardiovascular fitness before coming on this trip. The trip is suitable for novices and also those people with previous snowshoeing experience.