Snowshoeing: Half-day

Snowshoeing: Half-day

Few people take consideration of wildlife distress during winter. Nonetheless ski touring without a professional or with your dog unleashed are both as deadly as avalanches for wild animals. Come discover with a professional the fragility of this environment to learn a lot more about it.

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Rates and Contact

Rates for 3 hours

  • €140 1 to 4 people (+€15/p if not equipped)
  • €160 5 to 8 people (+€15/p if not equipped)

Contact

    Insurance

    For €1,70/day, it’s highly recommended to subscribe a personal accident insurance  as we evolve in a potentially dangerous environment.

    Fitness

    Humility is the key if you want to enjoy a wonderful experience in the mountains. Their is no point under/over estimating your physical capacities. Choose the fitness level that suits you the best for the last month:

    Beginner: I do a physical activity 30min to 2h/week. I’m capable of a continuous effort for 20min max. (3hrs activity)

    Intermediate: I train 2h to 8h weekly. I like being fit and I can handle a continuous effort for an hour. (6hrs activity)

    Trained: I train 8 to 12h weekly and I have a strava/garmin account to follow my performances. You can take me anywhere, I don’t mind biting my tongue when it’s really hard (multiple days trip)

    Professional: Your sport is your job, therefore you know yourself better than I do.

    Next, you can compare your level to the chart below that crosses your level of fitness with the difficulty of the track. Although an algorithm cannot determine everything, this one is quite helpful.

    Source: IBPindex.com

    My aim behind this tool is to create an itinerary matching a difficulty as close as possible to “medium” unless you want to be exhausted with muscle aches at the end of the day. 🙂 It might be an unwanted reality sometimes…

    Description

    Snowshoeing: A Respectful approach towards wildlife

    With our snowshoes we are the most privileged person to observe nature. While big open spaces are great for skiers, the forest and its entangled trunks are only for us. Well, no exactly. This is where warm-blooded animals made the choice to stay during winter instead of migrating to warmer locations. Our goal is not to drive them out in front of us, they already have a hard time trying to thrive with little food around. For instance a black grouse won’t spend the whole winter if we (or a dog) disturb it more than 3 times. On the other hand I will teach you how to become a real trapper!
    Along our half-day snowshoeing tour, I will teach you how to:

    • Evolve off the beaten tracks
    • Understand the different snow layers
    • Appreciate the silence within the heart of the forest
    • Read the footprints left by animals and discover which way they go
    • Understand how those animals adapt themselves to thrive in such demanding winter conditions
    • Identify birds from their sing

    Snowshoeing: Off the beaten tracks and fun downhill

    When snow conditions make it possible, evolving off the tracks with our snowshoes is a wonderful experience both uphill and downhill. Snow flatten the irregularities of the ground and make it smoother allowing us to choose our own gradient of difficulty. Downhill, learn how to surf on top of a delightful snow untouched by the sunbeams in the forest: the steeper the better! Sliding on your feet … finish sometimes by slipping on your butt. The smile on your face and your laughs in the air will be your rewards!

    Equipment

    What should I take for this snowshoeing guided tour?

    For your own comfort, please follow these recommendations to fully enjoy our snowshoeing guided tour in Mont-Blanc area.

    Clothing

    • Well stuffed winter shoes or warm boots
    • Warm long socks (ski socks)
    • If < 0°C Technical of Merino wool Legging base layer 3/4 or full
    • Stuffed pants (ski pants)
    • Gaiters (better comfort)
    • Technical or Merino wool Long sleeve base layer
    • Fleece jumper
    • Down jacket
    • Ski jacket or 3 layers Goretex jacket
    • Polarised sunglasses
    • Ski gloves
    • Woolly hat

    Backpack

    • Backpack 15L/person minimum
    • Sunscreen
    • Thermos filled with a warm infusion and honey
    • Cereals bars and dry fruits
    • Cash (€) for a beverage in refuge

    Snowshoeing equipment

    • Snowshoes
    • Poles
    • Avalanche rescue beacon