Office du Tourisme de Charmey

A new activity that blends skiing and snowshoeing: the ski-snowshoe

This is a first in Switzerland,the tourism office of Charmey is offering a new activity for the snow with ski-snowshoeing.

This is a first in Switzerland,the tourism office of Charmey is offering a new activity for the snow with ski-snowshoeing. These skis, resemble a snowshoe with its bindings, and come from the Altai region, the mountainous areas between Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. There, the farmers get around with this sort of ski-snowshoe. There is a skin that is incorporated into the sole of the ski; the ski-snowshoe allows you to walk in thick snow. The ski slides for the descent and the walking movement becomes more fluid than with a snowshoe.

From the thin layer at the first snowfall or late season snow and end of season spring snow are the ideal conditions for ski-snowshoeing. The configuration of the terrain of Charmey and more widely Fribourg Pre-Alps is ideal for winter hiking with ski-snowshoes. The gentle slopes, signposted paths* for snowshoe trails are suitable terrains and available to all. The technique is learnt after a day; a few gentle tumbles are expected. Have a good time with family, friends and colleagues and have a laugh.

The advantage of the ski-snowshoe is its simplicity. No need for ski boots. A good pair of walking boots or winter boots is enough. The steps are more fluid and the descents become a real experience. While the snow takes its time to arrive at the beginning of winter, ski-snowshoeing can be done with a thin layer of snow. Furthermore, it can be practiced up until the last snow at Easter. So we believe that ski-snowshoeing can extend winter activities, even when the ski lifts are closed.
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