What Are The Days Like?
The daily routine is generally collection by us from your accommodation after breakfast (eg 08.30-09.00), a short drive to the day’s walk, snowshoeing (with appropriate breaks) until late afternoon, and a lift back to your accommodation in time for tea (eg 16.30-17.00 approx).
The first day will normally be a relatively easy one, allowing plenty of time for instruction and practice in the use of snowshoes and avalanche safety kit.
Depending on conditions and weather outlook, on subsequent days we will explore different parts of the Chamonix Valley and perhaps beyond, possibly venturing into neighbouring Switzerland or Italy. As confidence grows, and according to group abilities and wishes, we may extend ourselves towards slightly more ambitious goals, such as remote, seldom-visited summits and viewpoints.
On Grade C tours, it is planned to undertake a 2 day snowshoeing expedition, spending the night in a mountain refuge. If conditions are suitable, this will be at the Grand St Bernard Monastery and Hospice. For many, this is a highlight of the week. However, this refuge is in an exposed location, so in poor weather an alternative refuge will be sought instead.
Because we keep groups small (maximum 8), we can make the activity easy or challenging as you wish. We always strive to be responsive to peoples’ needs, and flexible in our route choices to maximise enjoyment. Occasionally we use ski lifts to save the legs and get a head start.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation is included in the tour price, and is in a local chalet or small hotel (2* or equivalent). Prices are based on 2 persons sharing twin bedded rooms. Breakfast and dinner are generally taken in the accommodation as a group, and a packed lunch is provided on snowshoeing days. One dinner is taken out in town (at your own choice and expense) on the chalet’s night off.
On Grade C tours, a night is usually spent in a mountain refuge. This is a typical Alpine experience, and for many a memorable and enjoyable highlight of the tour. It should be noted however that mountain hut accommodation is not of the same standard as that in the valley. Food is wholesome and hearty but seldom gourmet, hot water and showers can’t be guaranteed, and sleeping arrangements are often mixed sex dormitory style.
Clothing & Equipment
A suggested kit and clothing list will be provided when you book. Clothing suitable for winter walking in all weathers is generally suitable for snowshoeing. Good quality hiking boots are a must. Snowshoeing equipment is provided and included in the tour price.