Snowshoeing

Snowshoe sliderWhat is Snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is really just walking but with snowshoes to stop you sinking into the snow, and to give you better grip on icy terrain. It is the ideal way to discover and enjoy snowy terrain in the Winter!  Heading out walking in the snow is a great way to beat back the winter blues with an injection of sunshine and physical activity, especially when, at the end of the day, or at lunch time, you arrive in a warm and cosy restaurant or refuge for a hot drink!

If you are a Summer hiker and dream of discovering the mountains in winter, snowshoeing is for you. It allows you to discover the winter face of the mountains, quite a different experience.

Snowshoes were first used by Canadian trappers with huge and heavy basket-type racquets for hunting in the middle of winter. The large surface area of the snowshoe spreads your weight out, stopping you from sinking into the snow. Today snowshoes are made of  light-weight plastic and are in the form of a narrow tennis racquet.  They are simply strapped onto your winter boots (normal waterproof hiking boots with ankle support are fine) and allow you to walk on the snow without sinking in. Poles are essential for extra push and for balance, making the whole thing even simpler.

Marcadau ValleyAfter a short training session on your newly-obtained bigger feet, walking with them will quickly feel very natural.

Join us snowshoeing this winter.  Dates in green are confirmed, dates in orange have interest.

Pyrenean Snowshoeing: Spend a week in the cosy Hotel Les Templiers and head out each day to discover a new face of the Pyrenean winter experience. Four days of snowshoeing and two days optional activities give you a varied and fun experience of winter in the mountains. You can do some downhill skiing, cross country skiing, take the cable car up to Pic du Midi (best combined with a day downhill Snowy ridge2 webskiing at the Grand Tourmalet resort), go to the market in Argeles, try paragliding, go dog sledding, try some of the local snow-free walking trails independently, or head to a yoga class and thermal baths. We are here to facilitate and make sure you have the best experience possible. Dates: 21 – 28 Dec 2019, 28 Dec 2019 – 4 Jan 2020, every week from 18 Jan – 2 May 2020. Runs from two participants, so find a friend and we can confirm, or let us know your preferred date and we’ll encourage someone else to come then too.

Luz Valley & Marcadau Hut Trip: Your snowshoe week is split between the stunning Luz Gavarnie snowshoeand Cauterets valleys – five nights in the comfort of Hotel Les Templiers in Luz and two nights in a high mountain refuge for a real winter mountain experience. From the refuge we can head higher up to tackle a summit or a high pass and walk over the frozen lakes. A great combination. Dates: every week from 7 Mar – 2 May 2020. Runs from two participants, so find a friend and we can confirm, or let us know your preferred date and we’ll try to encourage another to come then too. Email: Sian.

Encantats Hut to Hut Trek: You will be ‘enchanted’ by the magical beauty of these Encantats Hut to Hut Ski Tourmountains in the Spanish Pyrenees!  One of the Pyrenean lake districts, the Encantats area has great refuges, thousands of frozen lakes to walk over and magnificent granite scenery. A hut to hut snowshoe trek is the ultimate winter experience and every year this one is different. Min 6P. Dates: mid Feb – mid March. Contact: Email Sian.