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Morzine Snowshoeing

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Hi folks,

I am going to Morzine in mid-January and would like to do 1 or 2 days snowshoeing.

Can anyone here recommend any companies that do guided walks? Or is it possible to get a map and go out on your own after hiring some snow shoes?

I regularly hike and climb munros here in Scotland so not overly concerned with walks being too challenging etc, would like to do walks in the mountains with great views to get a real feel of being in the alps.

Thanks!
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Welcome to SHs, @Hastings89. Don't know Morzine, but in many resorts the ski schools run "raquettes" outings. Problem with just getting a map is that you need to be aware of avalanche risk. But you will probably find that the tourist office can give (or sell) you a leaflet/map with pisted trails which you can use on your own. I wouldn't head off into the back country alone, any more than you would on touring skis, in an area you don't know well.
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You need long poles too - like cross-country poles.
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As suggested don't head off into the back country without a guide; The tourist office will be able to recommend group guided walks and also info in the back of the book in the link..

There is some nice easy stuff you don't need a guide for.

See the link,

http://genius2morzine.ingenie.fr/scripts/stats/web/stats.php?organisme=63&site=OT2014&params[DOC_CODE]=BAL1011&params[DOC_LANGUE]=FR&params[DOC_TYPE]=T&params[DOC_TYPE_QUI]=&params[DOC_CODE_QUI]=&lien_documentation=https://www.morzine-avoriaz.com/medias/documents/documentation/documentation-BAL1011-FR.pdf

One of my favourites is a variation on Walk No8 in the book.

My variation is.......Start in town, take supr Morzine gondola and then Zore Chair up, From the top of Zore chair join the shared cross county ski and walking path. Walk all the way to Avoriaz. ( Most of the time Don't need snow shoes for this walk unless lots of fresh snow as they piste bash it) but need very sturdy boots, and poles are a help. Once in Avoriaz, find the hotel Dromonds and go for a Coffee or Cocktail. Its a lovely joint, like a step back in time to a 60's bond Set (Hotel was Built in 1967) then catch the Prodains telecabin from Avoriaz down to Prodains and jump on the free regular bus that takes you back to town.

Other 'Nice' ones in the book are......

No 12, Can be started from town starting at the Pompiers. There is also a free bus letter E to get to to and from the Valley de la Manche.

No5 top of Plenny Telecabin

No9 walk along Lac Montriond. Free bus M will get you there and back.

Walk No 2 & 3 are start from Erigne where No 12 finishes.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Plenty of routes options!!. My Misses only snowshoes and has just about enough area to cover les gets/ Morzine area. Also some local groups and guides are available on daily tours.
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Second this - we've done a couple of evening treks with Simone including dinner at a great Chalet at the back on Mont Chery last year.
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Thanks for all the advice guys.

I actually messaged Simone from magical snow treks so I’m speaking with her about it.

Plenty of time left to organise but can’t wait!

They had first snow up in Avoriaz over the last few days I see too!
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What’s your thoughts on ascend Col de cou? The guide has an optional route where you can go to
The top.

@247snowman wrote:
As suggested don't head off into the back country without a guide; The tourist office will be able to recommend group guided walks and also info in the back of the book in the link..

There is some nice easy stuff you don't need a guide for.

See the link,

http://genius2morzine.ingenie.fr/scripts/stats/web/stats.php?organisme=63&site=OT2014&params[DOC_CODE]=BAL1011&params[DOC_LANGUE]=FR&params[DOC_TYPE]=T&params[DOC_TYPE_QUI]=&params[DOC_CODE_QUI]=&lien_documentation=https://www.morzine-avoriaz.com/medias/documents/documentation/documentation-BAL1011-FR.pdf

One of my favourites is a variation on Walk No8 in the book.

My variation is.......Start in town, take supr Morzine gondola and then Zore Chair up, From the top of Zore chair join the shared cross county ski and walking path. Walk all the way to Avoriaz. ( Most of the time Don't need snow shoes for this walk unless lots of fresh snow as they piste bash it) but need very sturdy boots, and poles are a help. Once in Avoriaz, find the hotel Dromonds and go for a Coffee or Cocktail. Its a lovely joint, like a step back in time to a 60's bond Set (Hotel was Built in 1967) then catch the Prodains telecabin from Avoriaz down to Prodains and jump on the free regular bus that takes you back to town.

Other 'Nice' ones in the book are......

No 12, Can be started from town starting at the Pompiers. There is also a free bus letter E to get to to and from the Valley de la Manche.

No5 top of Plenny Telecabin

No9 walk along Lac Montriond. Free bus M will get you there and back.

Walk No 2 & 3 are start from Erigne where No 12 finishes.

Hope that helps a bit.
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@Hastings89,
Sounds fantastic. I hiked up to the Col this summer whilst on holiday and its beautiful up that Valley. Sounds brilliant
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Yes the walk up to Col de Cou is nice and starting from Eringe there is also a number of routes up towards the Pointe d'Angolon and then turn left across towards the Tete de Bostan.
Any routes you do in this area will be starting from outside my house, there's always lots of walkers or ski tourers who park outside each morning, so feel free to pick up my dog and take him with you. Very Happy
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Thanks again!

Could the col de Cou be done without a guide?

Also what about avalanche risk?
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Yes it could be done without a guide, it’s a fairly obvious route.
I couldn’t advise on avalanche risk, but the route down from Fornet which is a couple of peaks along from the col de cou, tends to avalanche in a couple of places per season.
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