This is a first in Switzerland; the tourist office of Charmey is offering a new activity for the snow with ski-snowshoeing.
These skis look like 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 floor 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.
* Using ski-snowshoes off marked trails is not recommended. Before any trip, it is necessary to inquire about protected areas and for wildlife.
Full day CHF 30.- / pair
Half day CHF 20.- / pair
Ski-snowshoe evening** with fondue, Friday evening CHF 65.- / person.
The set of ski-snowshoes and poles
A marked trail and partially lit up
Moitié-moitié fondue at a partner restaurant in the valley
Registration until Thursday 4:00 pm before the Friday evening, after this time, we do not guarantee an assured start. Organisation on request for other days for groups bigger than 10 people.
Information - reservation
Tourist office of Charmey
** It is also possible to choose a snowshoe set.