Snowshoeing travel guide

Snowshoeing holidays travel guide


2 MINUTE SUMMARY

We’re walking in the air. No people far below. The villages go by like dreams, the rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams … so go the lyrics to The Snowman. And so goes the feeling when snowshoeing through remote, white, mountain villages, because snowshoeing takes you into another world. One that is far from the world of skiing, and totally about winter walking. Powder plodding rather than powder pushing. Pondering the pistes rather than bashing them.
And snowshoes are no longer like battered old tennis rackets; they’re made from lightweight aluminium with crampons for extra grip. Attach them to waterproof walking boots, grab some poles for extra leverage, follow your mountain guide and you’re off. Five minutes later forget you are wearing them. Until you try to go backwards, that is. And then you fall flat on your face. Don’t pack your pride for a snowshoeing holiday, just pack your childhood sense of adventure. And go walking in the air.
Read more in our guide to snowshoeing holidays.
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Go on a snowshoeing holiday if…


… you love hiking or running in mountainous wild places. It’s the same buzz. In the snow.
… you get cabin fever in winter, but skiing isn’t your thing.
… off the tourist trail places appeal, such as Bosnia, Albania or Romania.
… snow travel means slow travel for you.

Don’t go on a snowshoeing
holiday if...


… you are unfit. This is a pretty serious workout, and you are often out and about all day.
… piste parties and snow chic are what you are after. Snowshoeing takes you into remote spots, with huts, cabins or small lodges, and star filled nights of tranquillity.
… you have very young children. Most snowshoeing holidays insist on a minimum age of 12. Although there are family holidays with a mix of winter activities, with snowshoeing thrown in. And children love snowshoeing. Especially the running downhill.
… group travel isn’t your thing. Nearly all snowshoeing holidays are guided in groups by experts.

Best time to go on a snowshoeing holiday


SNOW CONDITIONS

The Dolomites are wonderful late in the season as the temperature really warms up, but there is still plenty of snow late Feb-early March the best sun and snow combo conditions

The French Alps, particularly around Chamonix are wonderfully quiet in January once the New Year celebrations are over. Plus, you can head to good altitudes here, so the snow stays around for quite a while.

In Albania you will find quiet spots all the time, but the days start to get longer from February, with more sun too.

In Finland, February and March offer the best snowshoeing conditions with a lot of soft snow and also the days start to get light.

In Romania, you will get a good 4-6 hours of daytime hiking during January and February.
Photo credits: [Top box: Aurelien Breeden] [Best time to go: Jennifer C.]
Written by Catherine Mack
Finland snowshoeing holiday

Finland snowshoeing holiday

Explore this stunning setting of Oulanka National Park

From £1099 8 Days inc UK flights
Snowshoeing holiday in Chamonix

Snowshoeing holiday in Chamonix

Snowshoe in the shadow of Mont Blanc

From £1149 8 Days inc UK flights
Snowshoeing in the French Alps

Snowshoeing in the French Alps

Snowshoeing in the Alps with a high mountain guide

From €1151 8 Days ex flights
Iceland snowshoeing holiday

Iceland snowshoeing holiday

Try snowshoeing and glacier exploration

From £2049 8 Days inc UK flights
Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites

Snowshoeing holiday in the Dolomites

Michelin recommended cuisine & inspiring walks

From £1149 8 Days inc UK flights
Winter walking & snowshoeing, France

Winter walking & snowshoeing, France

Top winter walking/snow shoeing in the Mercantour, France

From £675 8 Days ex flights
Snowshoeing holiday in the French Pyrenees

Snowshoeing holiday in the French Pyrenees

Step into pristine, untracked snow in the French Pyrenees

From £725 8 Days ex flights
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