Saturday, January 14, 2012

Snowshoeing in the Berard Valley

Skies clear above Les Granges
Another snowy day in the Chamonix Valley and with poor visibility on the mountain it's time to find an alternative to skiing. Snowshoeing is an all mountain weather activity, regardless of the conditions you can always find somewhere to go, a sheltered spot away from it all. Its also a great activity to do with kids after the initial moan they usually have great fun.

Sunday was just that kind of day so we headed towards the French Swiss boarder and the little village of Buet for a half days snowshoeing. Leaving the warmth & comfort of the minibus there was a biting wind as we 'kitted up'. We moved quickly past the little ski runs of La Poya and headed on up into the shelter of the Berard valley. This beautiful secluded valley leads you to the nature reserve of the Aiguille Rouges. We follow the frozen river up through the narrow gorge and leave the valley at the bridge Freda, from here we head up above the Rochers des xx through snow layden alpine woodland to find a little opening perfect for our hot chocolate stop.

Continuing onwards we arrive the alpage of Les Granges overlooking the valley of Valorcine. Time for some 'extreme snowshoeing' (throwing themselves of boulders into the deep snow) before making our descent back to Buet via Couteray.

Its hard to believe getting of on a day like it was could prove to be so much !

More on snowshoeing & snowshoeing holidays at:

Berard Valley

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