October 30, 2014

We're always wishing for snowfall in the UK, but rarely are our longings for a 'white winter' met with more than a couple of inches of snow. Lucky for us France is on our doorstep with snowy pastimes guaranteed in the fantastic surroundings of the Alps. So, where's best to seek out your own winter wonderland? And what would you get up to when you're there? Well, there's much more to the Alps than just skiing - I've pulled together five alternative ideas to inspire your alpine adventures this season:

Snow shoes tours

Why not take the mountains at your own pace and book onto a snowshoe tour in Les Houches? Armed with a pair of raquettes, you'll be free to explore snowy terrain and access secluded middle mountains. You'll love trekking through forests and on top of summits before stopping to take in breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings. Equipped with snow shoes and walking poles, you'll be led by an experienced mountain leader. There are plenty of tour-types to choose from, visit Mountain Balance to decide which trek tempts you most!

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Exploring on show shoes

Husky Sledding

Husky sledding in the Alps is a popular pastime and there's plenty of places where you can try it out. Sledding, or 'mushing' as it's also known, is quite physical in the mountains because of the steep terrain - but don't worry you'll be taught the basics about steering and keeping a good pace before you set off! For an unforgettable experience opt for a moonlit excursion, there's nothing more magnificent than winding through slopes and gazing at the stars in the ambience of nightfall.


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Mushing in the Alps

Dining in style

Set in the beautiful alpine town of Morzine is The Farmhouse, a charming restaurant known locally as Le Mas de la Coutettaz. The Farmhouse has been standing since 1771 and its traditional decor will transport you back in time! Loved by the locals, a visit here will see all the guests dine together around one large 'banquet' table - adding to the grand experience. The delicious set menu will see you indulge in canapés, a four-course meal, followed by coffee and chocolates. You can then retreat to the bar, with its open fireplace and enjoy a nice glass of red wine - French of course!


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Le Mas de la Coutettaz

Ice-skating in the mountains

If you're a fan of ice-skating you'll love this outdoor ice rink, situated in the heart of traditional alpine town, Le Houces. The ice rink is large enough to allow you to perfect your skills and offers an impressive backdrop; the Mont Blanc massif. What's more, the rink stays open until the evening, allowing you to soak up the pink alpenglow at the end of the day.


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Ice skating in Le Houces

Start your adventure with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle

I hope I've shown you that an escape to the French Alps is about more than just skiing. The Alps has something for everyone and with so many charming resorts to choose from you'll be spoilt for choice! Travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle means you can plan the journey your way, stopping off at beautiful villages and rural spots on the way up to the mountains and adding even more adventure to your trip. So, what are you waiting for? Load your car with your winter wears and seek out your spectacular, snowy getaway!

Photo Credits:
Snow shoes tours © mountainbalance.com
Husky dog sledding © undiscoveredalps.com
Le Mas de la Coutettaz © morznet.com
Ice skating in Le Houces © leshouches.com

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