Snowshoeing

    WINTER WALKS

    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.

    GUIDED EXCURSIONS

    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.

    Cordonnier Cédric

    Cordonnier Cédric

    Naturalistic mountain guide, organization of hikes, snowshoe hikes, week-long treks, botanical outings, medicinal and edible plants (followed by a complete meal based on wild plants), geology trips, wildlife excursions.

    More information about Cordonnier Cédric
    Planet’Gliss

    Planet’Gliss

    The Planet’Gliss sports shop offers snowshoe outings accompanied by a state-certified guide. Weekly program available at the store.

    More information about Planet’Gliss
    French Ski School

    French Ski School

    Welcome to the French Ski School of La Chapelle d’Abondance, Portes du Soleil resort. Our 60 instructors welcome you to accompany you on the snow.

    More information about French Ski School
    Mountain Guides Office

    Mountain Guides Office

    The mountain guides will help you discover the mountains and their pleasures! Hikes for kids and families, snowshoeing, gourmet hikes, discovery of fauna, flora or geology, yoga hikes…

    More information about Mountain Guides Office

    Activities: INDICATIVE PRICES

    Snowshoes provided Child Adult
    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
    La Chapelle d'Abondance raquettes

    PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO SKI LIFTS

    LA PANTHIAZ CABLE CAR AND CRÊT-BÉNI CHAIR LIFT

    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.

    raquettes chapelle abondance

    ADVICE FOR PEDESTRIANS

    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:

    • Research your itinerary and its possible risks.
    • Take into account the weather forecast and snowpack conditions and possible avalanche risks.
    • Have clothing adapted for sports activities in the cold.
    • Proper avalanche safety equipment: ARVA, shovel and probe.
    • Leave information about your intended route at your accommodation and/or with friends or family.

    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.

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