Flaine is to host nocturnal snowshoe outings Thursday nights and afternoon treks organised by the Ecole de Ski Internationale du Grand Massif (ESI).

These outings, called Croc'Raquettes, bring together the enjoyment of a walk in the snow and the pleasures of tasting authentic mountain fare. The nocturnal walks include dinner at the Le Bissac Restaurant on the Flaine snow front. This restaurant is housed in a renovated farmstead built of stone and wood, with a fireplace to heat the dining room.

Dinner includes a mixed salad as a starter, typically-Savoyard cheese fondu and a plate of charcuterie, and a dessert, such as blueberry pie.

"A nocturnal trek through the snow adds a mysterious side to the experience, thanks to the light of each participant's head light," an ESI representative told OnTheSnow. The path takes participants up to the Pierre Carré pass, where, at the summit, they can admire a panoramic view of the Arve Valley at sunset.

Participants in the afternoon hikes will be rewarded with a post-trek snack that includes an assortment of cold cuts and local-style pastries. Groups must include at least seven people for the afternoon snack hikes.

Reservations for either outing should be made in advance by contacting the ESI. It is possible to enjoy a trek with an English-speaking guide.

The ESI loans snowshoes and can lend poles, but participants are invited to bring their own poles if they have them and must bring their own boots. Nocturnal hikes with the meal costs €37 per person. Afternoon hikes with a snack cost €24 per person.

More information or contact the ESI at +33(0)450.908.441