Winter Walks

Nature in winter is calm but not inactive. Discover animal tracks and the beautiful winter landscapes.
From the village or at the top of the chairlifts, you can follow our marked winter circuits. Numerous snowshoeing circuits are available  in the Abondance valley and in our Swiss neighbours in Morgins. All are marked in a free topo-guide available at La Chapelle Tourist Office (Download here).

If you like peace and quiet, a pleasant walk on compacted snow is just what you need in a safe environment at the heart of the Abondance valley, alongside the cross-country skiing tracks.

Information panels (tracks, safety, etc.) are located at the departure of each itinerary.

“Window Across the Plain” is a walking route around the village perimeter and the plain, a huge unspoilt area waiting for you to discover.
Download the brochure

Snowshoes are necessary for all circuits. You can rent or purchase them in sports shops in the village.

Guided excursions

From introductory walks to energetic hikes, enjoy the calm in the forests with the family following animal tracks with qualified guides. Snowshoeing is an activity accessible to everyone, whether you are an avid walker or a gentle stroller.

  • Cédric Cordonnier

    Cédric offers diverse activities focused on nature and snow: trapper and nocturnal excursions for children, discover the wildlife with the family, and day hikes for the sporty, upon request.  Evenings in an igloo or refuge, fondue for lunch in the mountains, etc.
    Tel.: +33 (0)6 13 12 19 45
    E-mail: cordonnier_cedric@hotmail.com

    See the website
  • Lalie Chochon

    Lalie will introduce you and your family to the mountains and invite you to try out yoga in the mountains during a yoga-hike. Customised excursions can be organized for a family or group, gourmet and fun snowshoeing excursions, local hikes, and even nighttime excursions.
    Tel. +33 (0)6 73 32 83 95
    Mail. lchochon@gmail.com

    See the website
  • Bureau de la montagne

    The Abondance valley’s Bureau de la Montagne groups together certified mountain guides to offer snowshoe hikes for all ages: schools, groups, adults, seminars, and individuals.
    There are various themes and hiking levels including exploring fauna, geology, heritage, and summit hikes. Excursions in the Abondance valley and Switzerland.
    Tel. +33 (0)6 52 55 07 74
    E-mail. guidesvaldabondance@gmail.com

    See the website
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    Planet'Gliss

    The sports shop Planet’Gliss organises snowshoeing excursions with a state-certified guide. The weekly programme is available in the shop.
    Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 73 52 04
    E-mail: contact@planet-gliss.fr
    Website: www.planet-gliss.fr

    • Price for 2 Guides
      Snowshoes provided
    • Child
    • Adult
    • Price for 2 Guides
      Snowshoes provided

      1/2 day snowshoeing (approx. 3h)

    • Child

      €20

    • Adult

      €26

    • Price for 2 Guides
      Snowshoes provided

      Igloo Construction (2h)

    • Child

      €10

    • Adult

      €15

    • Price for 2 Guides
      Snowshoes provided

      ARVA Workshop (2h)
      (avalanche safety course)

    • Child

      €10

    • Adult

      €15

    • Price for 2 Guides
      Snowshoes provided

      Food lovers, nocturnal, yoga, evening…

    • Child

      Additional €5 – €8

    • Adult

      Additional €5 – €8

ESF - French Ski School

Our instructors will give you the benefit of their mountain knowledge and guide you to the most secret places in the Abondance valley. Excursions organised for groups only.
Information, prices and booking at the ESF.
Tel.: +33 (0)4 50 73 50 15

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    PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO SKI LIFTS

    LA PANTHIAZ CABLE CAR AND CRÊT-BÉNI CHAIR LIFT

    In just a few minutes find yourself staring face to face at the mythical Portes du Soleil summits of the Dents du Midi and Les Cornettes de Bise. A 180°panorama of the French-Swiss Alps!

    From the top of the La Panthiaz cable car take the snowy trail Rys to return to the village centre, it takes about 1h30min.

    On either side of the La Chapelle d’Abondance domain, mountain bars-restaurants are easily reached in just a few hundred metres.

    • La Panthiaz Cable Car/Crêt-Béni Chairlift
    • -15 yrs. old
    • Adult
    • 1 Return Trip
    • €6.70
    • €7.20
    • Family Pass (2 adults + children mini)
    • €6.20
    • €6.70
    • 3 Return Trips
    • €19.40
    • 6 Return Trips
    • €38.80
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    Advice for Pedestrians

    Even if there are tracks in the snow; snowmobiles, or other, this does not mean it is a marked and safe path.

    If you decide to leave the safety of the winter domain you do so at your own risk, and therefore you should respect certain safety advice:

    • Research your itinerary and its possible risks.
    • Take into account the weather forecast and snowpack conditions and possible avalanche risks.
    • Have clothing adapted for sports activities in the cold.
    • Proper avalanche safety equipment: ARVA, shovel and probe.
    • Leave information about your intended route at your accommodation and/or with friends or family.

    Important: not all the pedestrian paths are accessible in the winter.

    Even if snowshoes have improved, they are still not designed for walking up or across steep slopes, or on snow hardened by ice or wind.
    Get specific local information from professionals or at the La Chapelle d’Abondance Tourist Office.

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