Discover untouched winter landscapes of the Saas Valley with a snowshoe walking tour.
The Fondue Snowshoe Hike in Saas-Grund takes place every Friday from 5:30-9 p.m. Stroll through forests and pastures to a rustic guesthouse where you can taste aperitifs from the Valais region and a cheese fondue. The price is CHF75 (€57.70) including gear, fondue, and aperitif. For reservations call +41-78-825-8273.
The Snowshoe Glacier Tour in Saas-Grund is held every Thursday from 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Experience the world of glaciers close up in the winter with a trained mountain guide. Secured by a rope, the guide will lead you safely across the crevices and ice pinnacles of the Trift Glacier. Call +41-79-777-3607 for reservations.
The night-time Snowshoe Tour in Saas-Balen is Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The one-hour tour takes you through winter landscapes under the light of the moon and also includes a glass of hot spiced wine. The price is CHF20 (€15.40) including snowshoes and headlights. Call +41-27-957-2143 for reservations.
Snowshoeing is considerably cheaper than skiing: a week of downhill skiing is a big cost to most budgets, but the purchase of a good pair of snow shoes is a relatively modest, once only financial event and lift passes are not a factor.
There's no need to queue for ski lifts and the weather is hardly ever a problem. All you need is some deep snow to walk on and straight away you can be quietly enjoying the mountains.
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