Snowshoeing Pays des Ecrins Description

As you look down on a map of Freissinieres you will easily pick out the endless web of paths and trails around the valley. When winter begins they become invisible with snow and unbreachable in normal hiking boots. You can start snowshoeing just in front of the Hotel 5 Saisons, carry on above us and further into the narrowing valley leading to the infamous settlement of Dormillouse, where no roads go and where you will stay overnight in a refuge during the week.

The mountain-walking leaders for your stay live and work in the locality and as conditions can change from day to day, they know where to go and when in a safe environment. They will introduce you to the fascinating history of the valley and its hidden alpine hamlets and caves.

On the arrival evening you will be fully equipped with your snowshoes as well as all the safety material needed for a Snow-Shoeing week. The 1st morning the week´s program starts with a try-out and even if you are experienced it gives you time to pick up your technique.  From here on you’ll enjoy a week of the best show-shoeing in the Alps.

Departures and rates

New year week 26/12-01/01/2017 760€/pers with new year supper suppl incl

Week 4 (22-27/1), W5 (29/1-3/02/2017), W8 (19-24/02/2017)W11 (12-17/03/2017), W13 (25/3-1/4) from 420€/pers

Physical level:

You practice sports on a regularly basis, i.e a couple of times a week; cycling, walking or similar. You have already been walking in mountains before, above 1000 m.

Technical level:

You have been snowshoeing before, just as you have been walking in the Alps or similar at high altitudes on steep tracks.   



1- You contact us by phone or email to ask about availability and an option.
2- You confirm this option with a payment of a deposit (30% of total amount) by sending the registration form.
(Payment by PayPal, credit card, cash, IBAN/SEPA transfer )
3- Upon reception of your payment and form, we will send you a confirmation.
Online booking :
On our website, several interfaces allow you to view live our availability by type of residence and date. Our secure payment service PayPal gives you the possibility to pay for the stay, subject to our terms and conditions.
We advise you to take out cancellation insurance, travel interruption, corresponding to 3.5% of the total amount of your stay. Most credit cards already include this insurance, please inquire.
Registration for any stay constitutes acceptance of the proposed rates, terms of sale and the technical details of your stay.

Getting to Les 5 Saisons

Freissinières access by road:
3 main directions allow Freissinières reach by road.
From the North:
A48 motorway to Grenoble, then Col du Lautaret (RN91). Briançon  direction Gap, Argentiere Bessé and just before La Roche de Rame turn right towards Freissinières.
From Italy:
A43 Maurienne by the Fréjus tunnel or Turin – Oulx and the Montgenèvre pass. Briançon, direction Gap, l´Argentière la Bessée and just before La Roche de Rame turn right towards Freissinières.

From the South:
A51 motorway to La Saulce, then towards Briançon (RN 94). Cross the Roche de Rame, then first road left towards Freissinières.

Before driving, find out about road and weather conditions along your route. We can assist you in updating via email. We also recommend that you note the below number in order to keep updated throughout your journey:
Information on Col du Lautaret and the pass of Montgenèvre: +33- 04 65030005  or

Freissinières access by train;
By train the nearest station is “l´Argentière les Ecrins”, info and booking on the SNCF website:
SNCF provides direct and daily connections from Paris, Marseille, Grenoble to the station “l´Argentière les Ecrins”.

Oulx in Italy  by fast train “TGV” where there is a shuttle that goes from Oulx-Briançon (information 04 92 20 47 50 – From Briancon we can arrange further transport.

Paris-l´Argentière, direct trains + night-trains.

Marseille- l´Argentière, regular daily connections.

By air;
The nearest international airports are:

Grenoble St Geoirs at 140 kms:

Turin Caselle (Italy) 130 kms:  Regular bus transfers available at

Lyon St Exupéry to 240 km:

Marseille Provence at 260 kms: (Regular bus tranfers available)

Regular buses running to Briançon from Grenoble. Contact the carrier or visit their website for timetables.
VFD: – Phone: 04 76 60 47 08
From Nice, Marseille or Gap with SCAL carrier
Regular buses to l´Argentière les Ecrins and Briançon from Nice, Marseille or Gap.
SCAL: http: //www.scal-amv-voyages

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