Snowshoeing in Aosta Valley

Far from the crowded ski slopes, we can fully immerse in the nature… snowshoeing in the woods, observing chamois and discovering mountain pastures, forests and valleys covered with fresh snow, that were once accessed only by mountaineering skiers!

 

I suggest four kinds of snowshoeing tours: 

 

  • Half-a-day tours: suitable to people new to this activity or lacking exercise; they can be done in the morning or in the afternoon and last approximately 4 hours. They are the perfect introduction to winter hiking for beginners and involve an elevation gain never exceeding 300 m. We will look for tracks of wild animals or for their leftovers… their numerous trails on snow tell us the wonderful story of life like a book! Those tours are perfect for families with children;

 

  • One-day tours: involve an elevation gain of 600-700 m and are for more experienced and fit hikers. We will have time to talk about safety and how to plan an itinerary in a winter environment… you will be introduced to the use of the avalanche safety equipment… we will observe how living creatures wonderfully adapt to rigid winter weather;

 

  • Night tours: excursion of about 2 hours under the full moon or under the celestial sphere, learning to identify the main constellations in the winter and spring sky with a typical dinner in a restaurant or a hut at the end of the excursion.

 

  • A snowshoeing weekend in a mountain hut: gorgeous two-day itineraries with departure on Saturdays afternoon right after lunch, hike to the hut, stay in half board accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast), excursion on the following day and return to the starting point. You have to book this excursion at least 7 days before the planned date, if the minimum number of participants is reached (5 people) and if there are places available in the huts.

 

As for technical difficulties, please refer to the subsection Technical difficulties you find on the exploration menu.

 

Have a look at some of our suggestions:

1. Our snowshoeing weekends

Price: 80 € per person (min. 6 people)

What to enjoy:

  • A peaceful walk in the enchanted forest of red spruce

  • Observing and identifying animal tracks on snow

  • From Mont Court, an amazing  view stretching 180 degree from Mont Blanc to Mont Emilius

Suitable for:

Escursioni in Valle d'Aosta

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2. The "Walser trails" in Champoluc           

   municipality 

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

  • The enchanting Mascognaz, a very old village, it seems that the first building dates back to 1600, which was recently enhanced by a skilful architectural recovery

  • The Monte Rosa that reigns sovereign on the valley

  • Immerse yourself in the nature that rests under a silent immaculate mantle.

Suitable for:

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3. Challancin - mont Court de Bard

   Municipality of La Salle

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

 

  • A peaceful walk in the enchanted forest of red spruce

  • Observing and identifying animal tracks on snow

  • From Mont Court, an amazing  view stretching 180 degree from Mont Blanc to Mont Emilius

Suitable for:

Escursioni in Valle d'Aosta

Trekker

4. "The white terrace" loop trail  Gimillan - Ecloseur - Gimillan

   Municipality of Cogne

Price: 20 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

  • Panorama that sweeps from the Sant'Orso meadow to the Gran Paradiso massif

  • Exceptional sunshine in those places, facing the sun many hours a day even in cold winter months

  • The valley of Grauson, site of community importance because of its numerous natural beauties

Suitable for:

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5. Hiking route "Grand Ru"

   Municipality of Rhêmes-Notre-Dame

Price: 20 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

  • A peaceful walk in the wood

  • An easy itinerary, suitable for people new to snowshoeing

  • Pellaud lake, natural beauty nestled in a fairy environment

Suitable for:

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6. "A path worth of a king” loop trail Dégioz-Orvieille-Créton-Dégioz

   Municipality of Valsavarenche

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

  • Easy observation of wild animals

  • A fantastic time travel within the hunting territories of king Victor Emmanuel II

  • The extraordinary basin with the ancient royal hunting lodge of Savoy family

Suitable for:

Escursioni in Valle d'Aosta

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7. "The valley of  black grouse" Bruil – The hut of the Gran Paradiso National park

   in Sort

   Municipality of Rhemes-Notre-Dame

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

 

  • The numerous monumental trees we will find along the way

  • Meeting chamois and the rare black grouse in the wood, especially in the early morning

  • Itinerary with not too steep slopes

Suitable for:

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8. "The balcony on Mont Blanc"

   Municipality of Courmayeur

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

 

  • Spectacular panorama on the Mont Blanc range

  • The newly renovated alpine huts of Tirecorne, real jewels of alpine rural architecture

  • Unexpected view of Courmayeur Mont Blanc

Suitable for:

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Hiker

9. "Col San Carlo - Col Croce"

   Municipality of Morgex

Price: 25 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

 

  • From Col Croce the panorama stretches from the valley of Little St Bernard to the massif of Mont Blanc and the Grandes Jorasses

  • Lake of Arpy, a superb location which is among the most appreciated of Aosta Valley

  • The defense wall of Col Croce, built in the XVII century, witnessing the strategic importance of these places in war

Suitable for:

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10. Night tours with snowshoes

   Municipaliy of Rhemes-Notre-Dame  

Price: 20 € per person (min. 5 people)

What to enjoy:

  • The fairytale atmosphere of Lake Pellaud

  • Walking at night in a snowy forest

  • Observe the celestial vault from a privileged place

Suitable for;

Escursioni in Valle d'Aosta

Walker

..there’s a whole valley to discover between you and me!