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Snowshoeing and Snow Trekking

Speed isn’t everything. Of course there’s nothing like the exhilarating, spine-tingling sensation of hurtling down a mountain slope on a pair of skis or a snowboard, but that way you’ve little chance of coming across any of the shy wildlife that lives in the mountains. To do that, you’re better off strapping on a pair of snow-shoes and going walkabout into the wintry beyond. You can also reach otherwise inaccessible places in thick forest and climb up to some of the most remote alpine summits.

Snow trekking on a pair of snow-shoes is one of the greenest activities in winter. Even better, there’s none of the fuss of having to bother with the usual ski equipment. Just strap on a pair of snow-shoes and away you go into the crunching virgin snow. For an insight into what it's like to go snowshoeing, see Anna Shepard's article on Snow-trekking in the French Pyrenees.

We also highly recommend going snow-shoeing at night; snow trekking through hidden forest trails can be a magical, eerie experience: the snow glistens under the light of the moon and the crunch of powder underfoot is all you can hear among the hush of the trees.

Below are snowshoeing holidays in the Alps, Pyrenees and other mountains of Western Europe where you can enjoy all that powder and pine and fresh mountain air, but where your footprint will be only snow deep.

Snowshoe across the High Pyrenees

The French Pyrenees High Level Snowshoe Trek

A fantastic week-long snowshoeing trip in the high French Pyrenees: stay in lovely chalets and remote mountain huts, tackle 3000m summits with stunning views of Pico Aneto, the highest peak, with a free day to explore the pretty spa town of Luchon.
£845 Land Only

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The village of Fuschl am See

Skiing in Austria, Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am See

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For a true get-away-from-it-all holiday amid the mountains of Salzkammergut, it's hard to beat the Hotel Seerose in Fuschl am See. Located at the head of a lake, pretty Fuschl offers myriad ways to enjoy the snow while retaining a quiet atmosphere.

From £760 per person (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from November to March
Whale harbour

Northern Lights and Whale Watching Holiday on Senja Island

Fringed between towering mountains and overlooking the sea, the quaint fishing village of Mefjordvaer witnesses some of the most spectacular shows the Arctic offers during winter months, whether its magnificent whales or the magical Northern Lights.

From £740 per person excluding flights (based on two travelling)

4 days
This trip can be tailored to suit your preferred departure dates.
Valais vista

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

For relaxing but first-rate downhill skiing, the majestic and largely undiscovered Val d’Anniviers is unbeatable. Here, the 4-star Hotel Bella Tola offers fittingly elegant accommodation, wonderful cuisine and spa facilities.

From £1375 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from DecemberApril Saturday/Sunday
Cross country skiing

Skiing in Switzerland, Castle Hotel, Blitzingen

Choose this truly hospitable and tranquil 4-star hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country and downhill skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels. Fully catered, perfect for families.

From £1180pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-March
Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights with Go Barefoot Travel

Northern Lights with Go Barefoot Travel

Underneath the northern lights, Aurora Borealis, enjoy husky dog & reindeer sledding, sea eagle safari, plus, an indigenous Sami experience as you spend 9 days on this fabulous Scandinavian adventure travelling through Norway.

£1999

9
Various departures from October to March
Hotel Inntaler Hof, Mosern, Austria

Skiing in Austria, Hotel Inntaler Hof, Mosern

Cross-country and downhill skiing; winter walking and tobogganing, snowshoeing and ice skating, ice-climbing and horse drawn sleigh rides in a snowy paradise whilst you stay at an excellent value 4-star hotel with spa and indoor pool.

From £885 per adult (inc flights)

7 nights, 6 days
Various departures from December to March
Mont Blanc Snowshoe Winter Wonderland

Mont Blanc Snowshoe Week - Chamonix Winter Walking

Based in charming Chamonix, this week-long tour is suitable for beginners to Alpine snowshoeing. Stay in a superb chalet in the Chamonix valley and be led by a professional, friendly team. Top of off with a night in the Grand St. Bernard Monastery.

£1195 Land Only

8 days
Various Saturday departures January to March
Beana Laponia Lodge

Northern Lights Cabin Holiday Rovaniemi

Beana Laponia, an upscale adults-only lodge on a family run husky farm where you can spend a winter break enjoying outdoor adventures by day and the chance to relax and search the Northern Lights by night.

From £1250 per person

This is a tailor made trip of four days or more
The trip can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates.
Multi-activity winter holiday in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Slovenia Snow Spectacular - Winter Activity holiday

A multi-activity winter holiday in the Julian Alps where you will have the chance to spend the night in an igloo. Try snowshoeing, x-country skiing, ice climbing and husky dog sled riding.

£895

8 days
Various departures in February
Snow scene

Winter Walking in Leutasch

Fully supported single centre winter walking holiday in pretty Tyrolean village of Leutasch, with 140kms of prepared hiking paths linking pretty onion-domed villages. Option to try cross country skiing, snowshoeing and alpine skiiing too!

Tour only from £1049. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 days
Selected Saturdays from Dec to Mar

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