Snowshoeing in the Chamonix valley is totally access free. However, a municipal by-law (December 10 2004) does not allow this activity on ski runs.
Experienced snowshoers will find interesting loops in mid mountains, in good conditions most of the winter (Charousse, Chalets de Chailloux, Carlaveyron Plateau, Petit Balcon nord and sur, Vallon de Bérard, Alpages de Loriaz…)
Please note that many mid-mountain trails are not accessible during winter, on foot or with snowshoes, due to terrain profile.
No matter how experienced you are at snowshoeing, it is highly recommended to check all relevant information that may affect safety during your outing (profile, avalanche couloirs, technical difficulties, weather, temperatures etc.) A good experience in snowshoeing, and wandering into the mountains in a responsible way (appropriate training and knowledge) are necessary to reduce the risks and ensure a safe experience.
We recommend the guide book “ 52 ballades en raquettes autour des villages du Mont Blanc” by Pierre Millon. It is full of very useful information and advice and has an extensive literature reference list. Joining a guided group is always a good option for those who require more experience. It is also a wise decision if you wish to discover a new area.