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Snowshoe Day Hikes in Chamonix

Half & full day guided snowshoeing in the Chamonix Valley

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Suitable for all abilities and tailored to your group. A perfect way to experience the mountains.

The Chamonix Valley is a beautiful place to snowshoe, and these winter walks are open to all abilities. You don't need to have previous snowshoeing experience, but you'll need to be fit enough to walk uphill at a gentle pace. It's a great way of exploring the winter scenery, and you'll be amazed how quickly you can leave the crowds behind and experience Chamonix's backcountry away from the ski lifts.

Half and full day snowshoeing trips take place every day from mid-December until end of April in groups of up to 8 people maximum. A half day snowshoe walk can be relaxed or strenuous, whichever you prefer. Excursions can be tailored to your ability, so you can either do a family day out for young kids, or if you're already fit and used to hill-walking, you can try one of the numerous snowshoe summits in the Chamonix region.

A full day will allow you to explore further afield, and can often incorporate a summit so that you can enjoy some of the breathtaking scenery that Chamonix has to offer.

This package includes transport in the Chamonix valley, and if you travel out of the valley you will usually be asked for a supplement to cover fuel. The aim will be to try to do trips without using the ski lifts, but sometimes the snow conditions might dictate that you need to use them.

Worth knowing

Approximate timings are as follows:

  • Half-day am 09:00 - 12:30
  • Half-day pm 13:00 - 16:30
  • Full day 09:00 - 16:30
  • Moonlight 18:00 - 21:30

Course Details

Instructors & teachers

  • "Emma - you are wonderful!! Thank you. Travelling the Haute Route with you from Verbier to Zermatt we could not have chosen a better guide. Just the right balance between fun and safety. I would not trek again without you and would recommend you to anyone. Thank you for taking my son on the next leg without me!! Until next time!!" - Sir Richard Branson
  • "Although we were experienced Scottish hill walkers we hadn't snowshoed before and weren't familiar enough with the hills near Chamonix to be able to pick suitable objectives. But Emma, at Cloud 9 Adventure, understood what we wanted to do. She quickly had us moving confidently around on Snowshoes and guided us up three tops (Tête de la Sallaz, Mont de l'Arpille and Le Petit Croisse Baulet) all within easy reach of Chamonix. As well as being a very knowledge guide Emma was easy and entertaining company, we would definitely recommend Cloud 9 Adventure and Emma to friends." - Trip Advisor
  • "Emma is delightful company. But more importantly, her experience as a trained mountain guide meant that I felt completely safe, in spite of fresh snow and serious avalanche risks in the area. Emma also came prepared with a few extra things like gloves, and she was generous with information about the region, mountaineering and her own personal experiences (I asked a lot of questions!!). She made my day in the mountains something to remember for a lifetime. Thank you Emma!" - Trip Advisor
  • "We were put in contact with cloud 9, via our mountain adventure accommodation booking and we are so glad that we chose to do this activity. We had a wonderful full day hike, we were picked up at 830am from our accommodation by the friendly guide Emma. Emma drove us to a bakery to pick up our lunch and snacks for the walk. We were concerned about our booking because there was very little snowfall in Chamonix when we arrived, however, Emma had located an alternative snow walk experience in a nearby area (about an hour drive away) which was equally beautiful. We had made a private booking for four and the walk was appropriate for all our abilities. We could have walked to a higher peak depending on the overall group fitness. We had a great day, a lot of fun and I highly recommend this activity to folks of all fitness and ability. It's a wonderful alternative to skiing and we managed to walk into places that felt relatively untouched which was a great change from the bustle of the ski slopes. Emma was friendly and informative giving advice about appropriate footwear in advance of the day and equally friendly throughout the walk. I really appreciate the efforts she went to in order to find a suitable hiking venue for our day hike despite the lack of snow in Chamonix itself. It was about 5 to 10. Degrees C throughout our walk so we were all warm enough with normal hiking gear and waterproof footwear. I wore thermals and a vest with a hiking jacket that could be removed when we were in the sun. Remember your glasses and sunscreen as it gets bright in the sun!" - Trip Advisor
  • "We recently booked Emma for 2 days of snowshoeing We are seasoned walkers but had never done any snow shoe walking before. Our first day was introductory and we did a relatively easy ascent up to the top of a mountain. Day 2 was harder but there is no gain without pain and we did the most brilliant walk up quite a challenging mountain. The weather and the scenery were awesome with snow up to the top of the signposts. Our experience was superb in every respect. Emma runs her company Cloud 9 and she is a very professional qualified mountain leader. She is very personable, well informed and knowledgeable. Being a small business you get very personal service, her group sizes vary but are never big and she also does personal guiding. Client safety is an important issue and we wore tracking devices at all times in the snow. For an amazing day out in the mountains or the Tour de Mont Blanc then check her out." - Trip Advisor

Reviews

Visitor comments

  • "Emma - you are wonderful!! Thank you. Travelling the Haute Route with you from Verbier to Zermatt we could not have chosen a better guide. Just the right balance between fun and safety. I would not trek again without you and would recommend you to anyone. Thank you for taking my son on the next leg without me!! Until next time!!" - Sir Richard Branson
  • "Although we were experienced Scottish hill walkers we hadn't snowshoed before and weren't familiar enough with the hills near Chamonix to be able to pick suitable objectives. But Emma, at Cloud 9 Adventure, understood what we wanted to do. She quickly had us moving confidently around on Snowshoes and guided us up three tops (Tête de la Sallaz, Mont de l'Arpille and Le Petit Croisse Baulet) all within easy reach of Chamonix. As well as being a very knowledge guide Emma was easy and entertaining company, we would definitely recommend Cloud 9 Adventure and Emma to friends." - Trip Advisor
  • "Emma is delightful company. But more importantly, her experience as a trained mountain guide meant that I felt completely safe, in spite of fresh snow and serious avalanche risks in the area. Emma also came prepared with a few extra things like gloves, and she was generous with information about the region, mountaineering and her own personal experiences (I asked a lot of questions!!). She made my day in the mountains something to remember for a lifetime. Thank you Emma!" - Trip Advisor
  • "We were put in contact with cloud 9, via our mountain adventure accommodation booking and we are so glad that we chose to do this activity. We had a wonderful full day hike, we were picked up at 830am from our accommodation by the friendly guide Emma. Emma drove us to a bakery to pick up our lunch and snacks for the walk. We were concerned about our booking because there was very little snowfall in Chamonix when we arrived, however, Emma had located an alternative snow walk experience in a nearby area (about an hour drive away) which was equally beautiful. We had made a private booking for four and the walk was appropriate for all our abilities. We could have walked to a higher peak depending on the overall group fitness. We had a great day, a lot of fun and I highly recommend this activity to folks of all fitness and ability. It's a wonderful alternative to skiing and we managed to walk into places that felt relatively untouched which was a great change from the bustle of the ski slopes. Emma was friendly and informative giving advice about appropriate footwear in advance of the day and equally friendly throughout the walk. I really appreciate the efforts she went to in order to find a suitable hiking venue for our day hike despite the lack of snow in Chamonix itself. It was about 5 to 10. Degrees C throughout our walk so we were all warm enough with normal hiking gear and waterproof footwear. I wore thermals and a vest with a hiking jacket that could be removed when we were in the sun. Remember your glasses and sunscreen as it gets bright in the sun!" - Trip Advisor
  • "We recently booked Emma for 2 days of snowshoeing We are seasoned walkers but had never done any snow shoe walking before. Our first day was introductory and we did a relatively easy ascent up to the top of a mountain. Day 2 was harder but there is no gain without pain and we did the most brilliant walk up quite a challenging mountain. The weather and the scenery were awesome with snow up to the top of the signposts. Our experience was superb in every respect. Emma runs her company Cloud 9 and she is a very professional qualified mountain leader. She is very personable, well informed and knowledgeable. Being a small business you get very personal service, her group sizes vary but are never big and she also does personal guiding. Client safety is an important issue and we wore tracking devices at all times in the snow. For an amazing day out in the mountains or the Tour de Mont Blanc then check her out." - Trip Advisor

What to bring

Walking boots (must be waterproof and NOT trainers), Woolly Hat, Gloves, Small rucksack, Sunglasses, Sun hat in warm weather, Sun cream, Lip balm, Water, Snacks, Packed lunch (for full day only).

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