Walking in the snow without sinking into it, even the softest snow, filling your lungs with fresh air, surrounded by lush vegetation, climbing up schusses: this and lots more is possible thanks to a simple pair of snowshoes.
The Plan Maison area of Cervinia (which can be reached by both ski lift and/or gondola lift from the town) offers two trails for enthusiasts of this winter sport. These are very scenic, compacted, signposted and safe and they all enjoy views of the Matterhorn. The first trail is approximately 4.5 km long and winds along the left-hand side of the Plan Maison chair lift (2,500 metres a.s.l.), ending up at the station above the Fornet chair lift (2,800 metres a.s.l.). The second trail, which is also in Plan Maison, is longer (6 km) and ends up at the Cime Bianche Laghi station (2,812 metres a.s.l.). It can take from two to three hours to complete the trail.
The off-pist route "Tour of Mande" trail in Valtournenche starts from the arrival point of the Valtournenche-Salette gondola lift (2,281 metres a.s.l.) and can be travelled both on foot and with snowshoes, or even with cross-country skis. The long trail is 7 km while the ‘short’ stretch is 4.5 km. In the hamlet of Maen, only 3 km from Valtournenche, another trail runs alongside the lake of that name (4 km). ( find out previously at the ticket office about the praticability of the route)
NOTE WELL: the concessionary and the lift manager are not responsible of the accidents that happen on the off-pist route served by the lift. The ski mountaneers have to protect oneself with approriate electronical system to guarantee a suitable rescue intervention.
Information provided by: Cervino S.p.A, The Matterhorn Alpine Guide Association
Three equipped routes are accessible without having to use any ski lifts:
Crépin - A walk during which sightings of roe deer, ibex and chamois are all possible (sunnier in the morning at this time of year). 5 km, 2 hours 15 minutes of walking, 226 m elevation gain.
Loz - A route to discover Lake Loz in winter (sunnier in the afternoon at this time of year). 2.5 km, 2 hours of walking, 101 m elevation gain.
Layet - A route with an eye always on the Matterhorn. 3 km, 1 hour 45 minutes of walking, 85 m elevation gain.