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.

More information on the above offers and read Robert Harneis' "Snowshoes Are Having A Record Year"

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