Where do we meet you?
I will normally meet you at your chalet, hotel or other agreed meeting point.
At the end of the walk I will drop you off at the same point or, if you wish, I can drop you off elsewhere in the resort.
Sometimes I can take you on a walk that leads to a mountain restaurant where you can meet up with other members of your party who may be skiing or snowboarding.
How long do the walks last?
Morning Snowshoe Walks
Typically I will meet you between 08h30 and 09h00. I will usually say goodbye to between 12h00 and 12h30.
Afternoon Snowshoe Walks
Typically I will meet you between 13h30 and 14h00 and then take you back to chalet of hotel between 16h30 and 17h00.
Day Long Snowshoe Walks
Typically I will meet you between 08h30 and 09h00 and then drop you off at your hotel or chalet between 16h30 and 17h00.
What equipment do I need?
I provide you with snowshoes and ski / walking poles as part of my fee. Snowshoes are very quick and easy to adjust to different sized footwear.
What clothing and footwear do I need?
Please bring the following with you: Boots (walking boots or apres-ski boots except “moon boots” or snowboarding boots); sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat, ski jacket, ski salopettes or trousers, fleece jacket or jumper, a small rucsac.
You will just need ankle length walking type boots to keep the snow out and keep your feet warm. Clothing-wise there’s nothing special required. Please don’t forget a warm hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve. A small back pack is handy for a small bottle of water.
How difficult is it to learn to snowshoe?
Don’t worry, the “learning curve” is a very short and shallow one, and you will soon feel comfortable and at ease with your snowshoes.
I will then help to adjust your snowshoes and fit them to your footwear. You will also be given ski sticks or walking poles and some initial tips on walking with snowshoes.
How fit do I need to be?
Snowshoeing can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish, and is suitable for all ages. All my snowshoe trips are “private” so the outing is entirely tailored to your wishes: as an individual, a group of friends or as a family. Read my article “Why go snowshoeing?”
Do I need a lift pass?
No, my guided snowshoe walks don’t normally use the ski lifts, so you will not need a lift pass. Although the lifts may get you up high, the terrain is often not suitable for snowshoe walking.
When and where do your snowshoe walks take place?
I offer snowshoe walks in Courchevel, Meribel and La Tania throughout the winter ski season that runs from early December to the end of April. I run snowshoe walks every day of the week.
What do your fees cover?
• Guiding by Mark, a fully qualified accompagnateur / international mountain leader with over 30 years of experience in the mountains; fluent French speaker. You can find out more about my experience here.
• I provide you with snowshoes & ski sticks.
• Transport to/from meeting point to start of walk
What’s NOT included
• Personal equipment i.e. clothing, footwear, etc. It’s possible to hire walking boots from certain shops in Courchevel or Meribel.
• Drinks, meals or snacks
How do I pay you?
You can make a secure payment on-line either for the full amount or if I agree you can pay when we meet either in cash or if needed using a mobile payment terminal.