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Each Winter, MNGS guides regular Snowshoeing Outings for every fitness and experience level. We keep our walks easy but fun and adventurous, as we track animals and learn about the way they live, feed, reproduce and shelter themselves in the harsh alpine environment. More importantly, these day hikes are led by Certified Alpine Guides, not volunteers or hiking accompaniers, and teach safe travel in avalanche terrain. These are the same professionals that teach avalanche courses in many Geneva schools.
On these unique outings we teach our clients how to:
– dress appropriately and avoid common mistakes preparing for cold environments
– about clothing design/function and choice, and wise purchase options
– what to carry and why, as the basic gear you should always have with you
– the most effective and functional ways to use your gear, clothing and supplies
– how to stay warm and comfortable in even the harshest Winter conditions
Our professional MNGS staff members have served as advisors and equipment testers for many major manufacturers and our many sponsors, and we apply this learning to help you enjoy cold weather, not shrink from it. No one enjoys being cold – and you do not have to be!
Our Snowshoeing Outings are led by Certified Alpine Guides, licensed Mountain Accompaniers with years of experience, and Avalanche Course Instructors whose extensive training and academic backgrounds will be evident as you learn about the amazing flora and fauna which surrounds us. While teaching you about avalanche avoidance, we track bouquetin (ibex), chamois, fox, ermine, martens, badgers, spot eagles and identify track patterns of animals either hunting or being pursued by predators.
We also teach you about Winter conditions which can influence your ability to travel safely in the backcountry. Participants learn about avalanche formation, areas to avoid and how to read the natural signs of pending danger when off-piste. As opposed to amateur hiking outings, MNGS Snowshoeing Outings are not legally limited as to our itinerary – we can go anywhere we choose and are not limited to particular areas, altitudes or conditions. Our guides have the training, experience and insight to intelligently assess/choose our routes and take you anywhere we wish to go, when appropriate and safe circumstances warrant. Come join us for a day out you will not forget, and be sure to bring your camera.
Avalanche Awareness Snowshoeing Outings
These snowshoe day hikes are an easy, effective way to learn the basics of avalanche avoidance and have fun at the same time. During these walks participants will:
– see avalanche terrain firsthand and learn to identify ‘Terrain Traps’
– be introduced to the equipment needed to engage in safe Winter activities
– learn the necessity of prior planning and judicious decision making
These outings are highly educational and physically easy for anyone – we have taken children as young as 4yrs and adults of 75yrs. MNGS takes you to see examples of avalanche types, their start zones, run-out paths and deposition zones. We identify terrain traps and areas regarded as dangerous or suspicious, and explain the cause and results of previous avalanches, including local case histories. At no time do you enter dangerous areas, but you travel with mountain professionals who demonstrate why knowledge and informed planning is necessary before entering the backcountry for any activity. The relationship of Terrain + Snowpack + Weather is explained juxtaposed with the profound influence of human activity.
Outings are open to individual participation, but we also arrange outings for groups, families and clubs with unique requirements. We keep these groups small (-10 people) to guarantee safety and an enjoyable day, while fostering the learning process.
Cost: 35 to 50€/person. Private group and family outings offered; contact us for bookings & pricing.
“When I heard about snowshoeing, I didn’t think it was adventurous…
but I was wrong! It was adventurous and I really enjoyed. Today I saw signs of avalanches and was surprised that it happens so often. If you have an avalanche course or another snowshoe hike, I would like to know. Thank you for guiding us today.”
K. Tsunematsu regarding their Snowshoeing Outing
“What really touched me was feeling safe and cared for, and being able to trust someone who took the entire responsibility for our safety. Thank you.”
E.Espoleta regarding their MNGS Outing
“I just wanted to say thanks again for a fabulous day on Sunday! I really enjoyed the snowshoeing. It is great to be able to go on an outing like that and learn something as well. I enjoyed learning about the awesome winter playground you are so lucky to call home! I am definitely looking forward to going Ice Climbing in February.”
J. Dreiss regarding their Snowshoeing Outing