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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 £795 per person (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from November to March
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
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 £950 per adult (inc flights)

7 nights, 6 days
Various departures from December to March
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 £1285pp (including rail) based on two people sharing

6 days/7 nights
Various departures from December-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.
Snowshoeing in the afternoon sun in the Dolomites, Italy

Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, Italy

Enjoy some of Europe's most spectacular mountain scenery up close on varied snowshoe walks through the Dolomites, staying in the luxurious Hotel Adler, enjoying Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing spa.

From £949.00 GBP

8 days
Saturday departures from December to March
A beautiful snow-covered village

Skiing in Austria, Hotel Xander, Leutasch

Cross-country ski, snowshoe, sleigh-ride or just walk from the door of a high quality 4-star 800year old hotel in a picture-book hamlet set amid the staggering beauty and peace of the Leutasch Valley beneath western Austria's Zugspitze Mountains.

From £1025 per adult (inc flights)

7 nights (6 days)
Various departures from December March
Snowshoeing holiday in the Pyrenees mountains of SW France

Guided snowshoeing holiday in the central French Pyrenees

A snowshoeing week that takes you off the beaten tourist track into wild and spectacularly beautiful winter landscapes surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Pyrenees. Eat good local food and learn about the unusual wildlife from local guides

€1200 based on 2 people sharing and provided a min of 4 people book

This snowshoeing holiday is for 7 nights
From January 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
Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, Italy

Snowshoeing in the Dolomites, Italy

Stay in Hotel Adler, Villabassa, situated in the Alta Pusteria Valley, a beautiful and authentic South Tyrolean region, this is the perfect base to access a variety of outstanding areas for snowshoe exploration in the Italian Dolomites.

From £1129.00 GBP

11 days
Various Saturday departures from December to March

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