It feels like an adventure as I have not asked any questions therefore we do not know where we are going or how long it is going to take – all to be discovered. We jump in Herve LeSobre’s (mountain guide) mini bus and start heading towards Montriond. We stop by the Ardent lift and Herve kits us out with snowshoes and ski poles. The snowshoes strap over your shoes and they are light but feel massive.
Our group consists of 4 and then 14 French and the 2 mountain guides Herve and Ulrika. Herve sets off and we all start to follow his torchlight. Dave identifies one of the French ladies as a liability, as she is waddling along looking rather unstable with her snowshoes and she has already caused a gap in the group after 5 minutes. I cruelly whisper to Dave that ‘I bet 5 euros that she will fall over by the end of the walk’ – Dave would not take the bet! A few seconds later she did trip over and fall straight on her face in the powder, luckily she was laughing. It was amusing as she tripped over 3 more times; once rolling backwards, going on her side, and another face plant, but never hurting herself. You have to remember not to walk backwards on your snowshoes and to keep balanced! There was only one steep bank to go down which caused lots of giggles as most of the group did it sliding on their bums! Overall the walk is at a very leisurely pace.
The walk is romantic as you walk along a beautiful tree route; the stars and the moon are bright as the sky is clear from pollution. We walked pass a waterfall to add to the scenic route. If you looked up you could see the mountains which looked like a scene from Lord of the Rings, where you thought maybe a hobbit or Golam could be living!
After walking for an hour we were treated to Vin Chaud. We then had a casual stroll back to Lake Montriond where we were to be collected from. The lake had a thick mist covering it and dropping the temperature.
I was grateful to have had the opportunity to explore somewhere new with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop.
Snowshoes walks are an activity that often get missed on a ski holiday but one that definitely should not be as you come back feeling refreshed and invigorated.
So take part in a Snowshoe walk in your resort, or if in Morzine take part on Herve LeSobre’s walks if you are in Morzine. Click here for more info
Thanks to the Morzine Tourist Office, Dave, his mum and step-dad and I are off to experience the snowshoe ‘romantic’ walk at moonlight.