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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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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 £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
Snowshoeing in Bosnia

Snowshoeing in Bosnia

Bosnia's capital, Sarajevo, is surrounded by a wonderful playground for adventurous exploration on snowshoes. Climbing through pine forests we follow crystal-clear streams to glacial lakes, frozen waterfalls and spectacular snow-covered summits.

From £699.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from February 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.


8 days
7 Feb, 14 Feb 2016
Snowshoeing holidays in the French Pyrenees, France

Snowshoeing in the Central Pyrenees in France

Pretty Luchon is the perfect playground for snowshoeing adventures. The surrounding area is crisscrossed with trails, perfect for day-walks. Return each day to a comfortable hotel and spa, and there's a free day to explore the area, too.

£795 Land Only

8 days
24-31 Jan and 28 Feb-06 March 2016
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Skiing in Switzerland, Grand Chalet Favre, St-Luc

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
Snowshoeing in Chamonix

Snowshoeing and Trekking in Chamonix, France

From a fantastic base, Chalet Savoy in Les Houches, embark on a stunning series of walks amongst Europe's highest peaks. Explore alpine valleys and climb to mountain plateaux and peaks where you will enjoy some of the finest vistas in the Alps.

From £979.00 GBP

8 days
Various departures from December to March
Fjordside cabin with northern lights

Northern Lights Cabin Holiday Tromso

Your cosy cabin on Whale Island overlooks this fjord and mountain panorama where you can enjoy relaxation and outdoor adventures in the measure that suits you best. The perfect position allows to view appearances of the elusive and beautiful Aurora.

From £495 per person excluding flights (based on two travelling). Group prices are available and children 12 years and under stay for free.

This is a tailor made trip of four days or more
The trip can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates.

Skiing in Switzerland, Hotel Engiadina, Zuoz

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 Switzerland, Hotel Bella Tola, St-Luc

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
Finnish skating trip

Ice Skating holiday in Finnish Lakeland

As the water freezes over during the winter months, a fairy tale ice-rink of intertwining paths open up offering a chance to skate on Europe’s largest Lake District. At the end of active days, a cosy Finnish hotel complete with spa awaits.

From £595 per person (based on two people travelling), excluding flights

5 days
This trip can be tailored to suit your preferred departure dates.

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