Our Weekend Snowshoe Holiday in the Beaufortain
This 3 day snow shoeing holiday will open your eyes to the wonderful mountains and landscapes of the Beaufortain. The Beaufortain mountains adjoin the Mont Blanc mountain range. This proximity typically gives it an exceptional snowfall.
Our Snowshoe Walks
You will be spoilt for choice for the variety of snowshoe walks. Our base at Areches-Beaufort gives us access to a superb choice of snowshoeing routes to suit everyone. Amazing views over the still waters of lakes nestling in the mountains. The hush of the forests, sounds muffled by the deep, fresh snow. Views of the surrounding mountains of the Beaufortain and beyond Mont Blanc and the Aravis.
The Beaufortain retains an authentic charm where traditional Savoyard wooden chalets blend into the hillsides. You will smell woodsmoke wafting in the crisp mountain air and see curling from the cosy wooden chalets. The Beaufortain are cut off in winter except from Albertville and over the Col des Saisies from Megeve. It is famous for an annual ski-mountaineering competion, the Pierra Menta.
Areches-Beaufort and the Hotel Les Ancolies***
Our snowshoe holiday is based on a small, family run hotel, Les Ancolies, in the village of Arêches (c.1000m). The village of Areches-Beaufort is a real, authentic, Savoyard village without the trappings of the large resorts and “lives” year round. Les Ancolies is situated right in the centre of the village with a sunny terrace and cosy bar area.
Dinner is served in the dining room and you can enjoy the local Savoyard specialities cooked by the hotel’s owner, Ludovic Blanc, recognised for his great cooking. Breakfast is taken adjoining the bar where you can enjoy fresh croissants, bread and a choice of cereals. The village has a number of shops including a boulangerie and one selling the local cheeses including the famous Beaufort itself.
Areches-Beaufort has some ski lifts but it retains a small, family feel. It’s very much a village first and a resort second.
The village of Areches-Beaufort is about 30 mins from Albertville and reached by a road that winds along the river Duron. In summer it is possible to continue over the Cormet de Roselend and continue past Chapieux, on the Tour du Mont Blanc, to Bourg St Maurice in the Tarentaise valley. The road over the Cormet de Roslend is shut in winter just outside Beaufort and will not open again until the spring.