►CROSS - COUNTRY SKIING
Different itineraries with different levels of difficulties are available in the Chamonix valley. You can get information in the cross-country centers (Foyer de Ski de fond) :
Chamonix : +33(0)188.8.131.52.15
Vallorcine : +33(0)184.108.40.206.09
Les Houches : +33(0)220.127.116.11.34
There is a charge to use the trails which are regularly patrolled.
►WINTER WALKING PATHS
Some marked and groomed tours are available in the valley of Chamonix.
Bois du Bouchet - Orthaz - les Bois
For your safety, respect the signs and don' t walk on the cross-country tracks.
A multi activities area (walking - snowshoeing - sledging) is available on the golf course in Les Praz.
►SNOW SHOEING HIKES
Snow shoeing requires good experience and knowledge of the snow natural environment (orientation and profile of slopes, avalanche corridors...)
Whatever your level is, you need to get information about the technical difficulties of the itinerary and the snow conditions : the stability of the snow cover can change very quickly (wind, rain, snow, raise of temperature).
If you've got experience, about ten hikes can be done during most of the wintertime in our valley,after checking the conditions such as : Charousse, chalets de Chailloux, plateau de Carlaveyron,vallon de Bérard, alpage de Loriaz...
Do not hesitate to join a professional team for the discovery of a site.
In case of lack of experience some snow shoeing tracks are marked :
- in Chamonix valley : " le circuit des glaciers" & "la boucle des Tines"
- in les Houches village : "le plateau du Prarion" (access via le Prarion/les Houches ski lift)& "le sentier des Cerfs" near Coupeau hamlet.
- in Vallorcine village : "Les granges" & "Les saix Blancs" It's possible to obtain in Chamonix valley tourist offices a leaflet describing pedestrian and snowshoeing tracks.
A few kilometers after Chatelard frontier (Trient - Ravoire) our swiss neighbours offer marked trails.
The other districts in the neighbourhood of the Mont-Blanc region offer some attractive hikes.
Snowshoeing is free in Chamonix valley. It is forbidden bylaw of 10 December 2004 on the ski slopes.