SNOWSHOE TRIPS 2019



 

PRICES:
Prices are costed on a minimum of 4 participants. Trips will still go if we don’t reach 4, but a small supplement may be required.

These prices include:

Not included:


Prices are in €uros. I am willing to take the deposit payment in sterling, at an agreed rate.

2019 will mark the 28th anniversary of Trekking in the Alps. Two years ago we happpily celebrated 25 years but now we’re into unknown territory and every year should be celebrate, not just the big milestones! Certainly we’ll be doing some fabulous trips in 2019 - some classic venues as well as newer ones. As ever we’ll be escaping the crowds and enjoying wonderful solitude in spectacular scenery

After 23 years in the Chamonix region, in 2013 Trekking in the Alps relocated further south and is now permanently based in Provence. This has given me the opportunity to discover new regions in the French Southern Alps which have proved to be wonderful venues for snowshoeing. The Queyras (pronounced "Kayra") is an excellent base for snowshoeing and this venue is now a permanent fixture on my programme. The Queyras is a proper alpine region and there is scope for several different trips there.

Also in the south is the Dévoluy massif, in the French Hautes Alpes, where we have had a fantastic trips these last 2 years, based in a wonderful hotel. The French Ecrins, known as the secret gem of the Alps, was a new venue for 2017 and I did 3 trips there - this region is back on the 2018 programme, with a 5 day trip and a 6 day trip, different programmes, both giving us a chance to explore this fab winter wonderland.  


Grades
Holidays are graded by smiley face , one being the easiest grade, up to three  which means a strenuous grade. However, it must be understood that these grades are only guidelines as, more than anything, the snow conditions dictate what we do. Please do ask for advice on what level to choose if you are in doubt.

IN ADDITION TO THE ADVERTISED HOLIDAYS, I AM AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE SNOWSHOE GUIDING AT ANY LEVEL, FROM ONE DAY TO A WEEK.

If you don't find what you're looking for contact me to see if I might be able to add an extra trip. 

I have a certain number of private groups already booked for the winter season. The listed weeks are those available as open groups. Sign up fast as places are limited and flights will only get more expensive!




Where do we go?
The Ubaye is the new hot spot (cold spot!) for 2019. Like many of these hidden secret places ps, it's not easy to get to (fly Marseille) but it will certainly be worth it. It's a superb region, a big wide valley with many side valleys heading off in different diections. The main town of barcdelonette provides a bustling base and whilst we stay just out of town we're within walking distance for bars and restaurants. The Queyras region is located in southern France, very near to the Italian border & can be reached from Turin airport - I can arrange a transfer, or by train from Paris which is a very good option. It is quite an unspoilt region and has only very small ski resorts and some minor towns. Both areas provide fantastic snowshoeing at all levels. For those who want an authentic Alps experience far away from the hustle and bustle of modern life, the Queyras will be a dream come true .

Dévoluy is a fabulously beautiful and wild area with numerous snowshoe walks of all levels, many of which begin in Narnia type forest, leading to high plateaux and rounded tops, against a backdrop of dramatic rocky peaks. The Ecrins are also in the southern French Alps. The difference being that this is still a glaciated range. Whilst our hikes will not take us onto the glaciers the scenery will include the higher summits.

When do we go and what does it cost? 
The date shown is arrival day. Snowshoeing starts the next day for 5 or 6 days, then fly home the day after the last day snowhsoeing. 

Sunday 3 February Ubaye France  /  FULL 1335

This trip is reserved for previous Trekking in the Alps snowshoers. The Ubaye Valley is this winter's special place and will give us some great adventures.

Sunday 17 February Dévoluy France  Confirmed 1490€ 2 places left
This 6 day trip is based at a rather smart hotel in the midst of the dramatic Dévoluy massif. The food is excellent and the hotel has a spa facility which provides a wonderful way to relax after a day spent snowshoeing. 

Saturday 2 March Ubaye France  /   Confirmed 1335€ 1 place left
This will a wonderful and adventurous trip in this little known region of the southern French Alps. We'll be based in an authentic French gite (small hotel) on the outskirts of the buzzing town of Barcelonnette. Our walks will take us to various parts of the region according to conditions. a good fun trip is guaranteed with fantastic snowshoeing. 

Saturday 16 March Ecrins France     Confirmed 1350€
This 6 day trip is based at a friendly hotel which is ideally based for snowshoeing in the nearby mountains. One hut night. Lots of variety, great mountains....and easy access from Turin airport.