Nature in winter is calm but not inactive. Discover animal tracks and the beautiful winter landscapes.
From the village or at the top of the chairlifts, you can follow our marked winter circuits. Numerous snowshoeing circuits are available in the Abondance valley and in our Swiss neighbours in Morgins. All are marked in a free topo-guide available at La Chapelle Tourist Office (Download here).
If you like peace and quiet, a pleasant walk on compacted snow is just what you need in a safe environment at the heart of the Abondance valley, alongside the cross-country skiing tracks.
Information panels (tracks, safety, etc.) are located at the departure of each itinerary.
“Window Across the Plain” is a walking route around the village perimeter and the plain, a huge unspoilt area waiting for you to discover.
Download the brochure
Snowshoes are necessary for all circuits. You can rent or purchase them in sports shops in the village.
From introductory walks to energetic hikes, enjoy the calm in the forests with the family following animal tracks with qualified guides. Snowshoeing is an activity accessible to everyone, whether you are an avid walker or a gentle stroller.
Cédric offers various activities to discover nature and the winter outdoors: children can be a trapper, night-time storytelling excursions, discover the flora and fauna with the family, half or full-day hikes, evening parties organised in an igloo or refuge, a midday fondu in the mountains.More information about Cordonnier Cédric
The Planet’Gliss sports shop offers snowshoe outings accompanied by a state-certified guide. Weekly program available at the store.
Our 60 instructors will guide you in the winter mountain landscape and show you all the most secret spots in the Abondance Valley. Excursions organised for ready-made groups only.More information about French Ski School
Mountain guides will help you discover the mountains and their pleasures! Full day or half day hikes: discovery of the fauna and flora, yoga hikes, gourmet hikes, special hikes for children, groups and schools. Programme at the tourist office.More information about Mountain Guides Office
|1/2 day showshoe (env 3h)||€20||€26|
|Igloo construction (2h)||€10||€15|
|DVA workshop – avalanche safety training (2h)||€10||€15|
|Nocturnal gourmet, yoga, evening||Supplement from €5 to €8||Supplement from €5 to €8|
In just a few minutes find yourself staring face to face at the mythical Portes du Soleil summits of the Dents du Midi and Les Cornettes de Bise. A 180°panorama of the French-Swiss Alps!
From the top of the La Panthiaz cable car take the snowy trail Rys to return to the village centre, it takes about 1h30min.
On either side of the La Chapelle d’Abondance domain, mountain bars-restaurants are easily reached in just a few hundred metres.
Even if there are tracks in the snow; snowmobiles, or other, this does not mean it is a marked and safe path.
If you decide to leave the safety of the winter domain you do so at your own risk, and therefore you should respect certain safety advice:
Important: not all the pedestrian paths are accessible in the winter.
Even if snowshoes have improved, they are still not designed for walking up or across steep slopes, or on snow hardened by ice or wind.
Get specific local information from professionals or at the La Chapelle d’Abondance Tourist Office.