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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, with 5 nights in a comfortable chalet and 2 nights in a mountain hut, enabling you to explore 3000m summits with stunning views of Pico Aneto, the highest Pyrenean Peak.
£795 Land Only

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The village of Fuschl am See

Snow-based activities; Hotel Seerose, Fuschl am see Austria

reviewed by greentraveller
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 £698 per person (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
From 28 November 2015 to 22 March 2016; start 19 & 26 December (Saturday); all other dates any day
Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

Winter holiday in Pertisau, Austria

On the shore of Lake Achensee there are many scenic cross-country ski trails and ideal downhill skiing for beginners and families. Small but lively, the village lies at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains perfect for winter walkers to explore.

From £1072pp (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 19 March 2016; start Saturday
Hotel le Grand Chalet Favre - dining room

Downhill skiing in St-Luc, Switzerland

For the classic downhill skiing experience from a Swiss chalet on the ‘quiet side of the mountain’, look no further than Le Grand Chalet Favre in the delightful village of St-Luc.

From £1252 per person (including rail from UK) or from £1232 including flights

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 Decmber 2015 to 27 March 2016
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.


8 days
8 Feb, 15 Feb, 27 Dec 2015 & 7 Feb, 14 Feb 2016
Snowshoeing holidays in the French Pyrenees, France

Snowshoeing in the Central Pyrenees in France

Based in the French spa town of Luchon, high in the central Pyrenees, we have brilliant access to some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery, the perfect playground for a huge range of day expeditions snowshoeing.

£795 Land Only

8 days
1 Mar 2015 and 24 Jan, 28 Feb 2016
Pyrenees Winter Walk & Snowshoe

Pyrenees Winter Walk & Snowshoe

Enjoy stunning winter scenery on snowshoes and explore the valleys and ridges around the French spa town of Luchon. Embark on a series of tried and tested day walks capturing the best views of the area.

From 829.00 GBP

8 days
Various departures from December to March
Your cosy cabin accommodation in the North of Norway

Cosy Cabin Holiday and Northern Lights, North Norway

Create your own bespoke cabin holiday in the North of Norway nearly 300km above the Arctic Circle. Search for the Northern Lights and choose from our menu of winter activities.

The price starts ar £250 per person (excluding flights) for a short break. The trip will be bespoke to you and your group and can include winter activities such as dog-sledding, skiing and snow-shoeing.

This is a tailor made trip of four days or more
The trip is available between October and April to search for the Northern Lights. The cabins are also available throughout the year.

Skiing in Zuoz, Switzerland

Excellent cross-country and downhill skiing for all levels, plenty of winter walking, glorious scenery…romantic Zuoz has it all.

From £1095 per person (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 13 March 2016; Start any day by air; any day except Sunday by rail

Skiing in St-Luc, Switzerland

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

From £1232 per person (from £1298 incl rail) based on two people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
From 19 December 2015 to 27 March 2016; start Saturday/Sunday

Skiing in Blitzingen, Switzerland

Choose this truly hospitable hotel to enjoy Switzerland’s best cross-country skiing, in a tranquil valley offering something for all levels.

From £1052pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
19 December 2015 to 20 March 2016

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