With a high pressure system sitting over europe and only a couple of days snow cover, so far this winter, on our local hills. It was time for a quick trip to the Alps for some snowshoeing and vin chaud.
With fabulous weather we decided on an ascent of the Prarion, then out to La Charme (see first picture above) for a picnic. Surprisingly, we saw no one else on the Prarion's summit, despite the Telecabine du Prarion being only a short distance away.
After several days snowshoeing in the Chamonix Valley & Switzerland, we took a trip round to Les Contamines for an easy ascent to Mont Truc. The train and bus connections ran smoothly and soon we were on the forest track from La Frasse to the Chalets de Truc. The snow cover was good and it was clear skies again as we summited on Mont Truc. The views were superb of the Domes de Miage, we descended and then climbed towards point 2048, just stopping on a small level area before the final slopes. Now the fun bit, we turned and ran back down the slopes to the Chalets de Truc for lunch.
Despite being out every day of our holiday, we ran into only a handfull of other hikers snowshoeing. The only exception being the weekend, when the Chamonix Valley Train was packed with French Hiking clubs going snowshoeing, with their Accompagnateur's en Montagne . Startling, we ran into no groups from the U.K or Eire, why is this? Given the choice of staggering around in icy rain in 100 mile an hour winds on a British hill in winter or being in shirt sleeves, putting sunblock on and snowshoeing in deep snow with a blue sky above, I know which one I would chose!