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 45.- / 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 noon 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.