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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 £760 per person (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from November to 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
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
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
Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

Skiing in Austria, Hotel Wiesenhof, Pertisau

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 £1150pp (including flights)

6 days, 7 nights
Saturday departures from December to March
Husky rides, Norway

Geilo Winter Activity, Norway

A real taste of Norwegian life on this fabulous week long trip to Geilo where you can have a go at downhill skiing, cross country skiing around the gorgeous lake, snowshoeing and husky dog sledding in a trip the whole family is sure to remember.

From £1129

7 days
Sunday departures from December to April
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
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 £849.00 GBP

8 days
Various Sunday departures from December to March
Snuggling up in the ice hotel

Kirkenes Snow Hotel and the Northern Lights Short Break

Your complete winter package in the high latitudes of Northern Norway. Experience the magical Snow Hotel with its magnificent carvings in ice and if you’re lucky the Aurora will appear in the night sky. This package can be tailored to suit you.

From £945 per person (based on two people sharing)

4 days
This trip can be tailored to suit your preferred departure dates.
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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. Perfect for the whole family

From £1125 per person (including rail from UK)

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from December to April

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