Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

With Club Med Grand Massif Samoens France

Ever had the chance to go snowshoeing? It’s great fun, easy to do and surprisingly energetic! I can’t wait to give it another go after having the opportunity to try it out at Sixt Fer à Cheval in France the other week. I was staying at the brand new Club Med Grand Massif Samoens, and this was one of the fabulous excursions that you can book through the hotel when staying there.

First of all we got our Snow Shoes fitted at the Club Med on site rental shop which was really straightforward – basically you just give your shoe size and they adjust the snow shoe to fit. Then we took the gondola which is situated on the slopes directly outside the hotel, to the bottom where a bus whisked us along snowy country roads to the little town of Sixt Fer à Cheval.

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Along the route we saw such beautiful picturesque scenery – a true Winter Wonderland!

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

When we arrived we were met by our friendly guide and it was time to buckle our snow shoes on and get going.

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

In French snow shoes are known as “raquettes” and it’s a great name for them as it really does feel as if you are strapping a tennis racket to the base of your shoe.

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Talking of shoes it’s really important to be wearing waterproof hiking shoes or snow boots such as these snow shoes by Sorel which are waterproof and keep you really warm too. The snow is really deep in places so it’s important to keep dry.

Sorel Snow shoes at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Our guide led the way on a very pleasant hike through the snow in this very scenic area.

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

We walked alongside the river, through the trees and then he decided he wanted to test out our skills in walking downhill in snow shoes. It looked quite challenging (as the snow was really quite deep) but in fact there was nothing too it. You just take long strides and wait until your first foot is firmly planted in the snow and bent at a kneeling angle, before making the next step. It does look quite weird though when you watch people doing it as they look as if they’re tipsy as the lurch from side to side!

At the end of the snow walk we had a wonderful reviving hot “vin chaud” – a perfect finale to a morning in the snow! We then went back to Club Med Grand Massif Samoens for lunch.

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

For more information on Snow Shoeing in Sixt Fer à Cheval please contact the Tourism Agency here.

For more information on the newly opened Club Med Grand Massif Samoens see here.

Watch out for our article on the hotel to follow shortly!

Meanwhile take a look at our short video of the Snow Shoeing trip here.

Club Med Grand Massif Samoens is approximately one and a quarter hours from Geneva. See map below:

Snowshoeing in a Winter Wonderland at Sixt Fer à Cheval

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