Snowshoeing is a great way to get around in winter and enjoy the beauty and diversity of the natural winter environment.
In the local area there are over 100km of maintained and marked paths on which you can discover the mountains on foot. The routes have been designed to cater for many tastes as possible, ranging from short, one-hour walks to more rugged 4 to 5 hour hikes. Whatever your level, snowshoe rambles are an ideal and enjoyable way to share special moments with family or friends in the heart of the Alps.
These magnificent forest paths and steep mountain tracks are accessible to everyone – on condition that you have adequate equipment, such as appropriate clothing and protection from the sun and snow. Leave yourself plenty of time to get home. Night falls quickly in winter! Listen to the weather forecast before you set off.
Local tracks and a Nordic map for Abondance valley with all pistes and circuits (crosscountry/walking/snowshoes) is available at all tourists offices. A guide with the local showshoe trails is also available at the apartment.
If you feel reluctant to go out on your own, if you want to know more about the mountain environment, or if you want to leave the marked paths and discover the mountain scenery in all its beauty, regular outings are organised by mountain guides such as Alpi Raquette (Tel 0033 6 19 42 95 57) and Balmier Sport en Nature (Tel 0033 6 64 12 91 38) both located in Le Biot and the local ski school.
In France routes can correspond to a colour which indicates the difficulty level.
Green = easy
Blue = medium
Red = difficult
The Joranloup is an easy track with great views over the Roc d’Enfer, the Dents Blanches and the Mont-Blanc. The walk starts at the exit of the télécabine of Saint-Jean d’Aulps and takes approximately 2 hours.