It's been a busy couple of months and I have been somewhat remiss and not written here for a while. But don't worry, Trekking in the Alps has been running on full steam snowshoeing over in the Queyras and the Val Clarée, both of which are in the southern French Alps near to the Italian frontier.
The Queyras in particular is not the easiest place to get to, requiring a fairly long transfer from whichever airport you arrive at, but the unanimous feedback from my groups has been that it's more than worth the effort. Like the Val Clarée, the Queyras is not too spoiled by busy ski resorts and attracts holidaymakers who are looking for the authentic mountain experience.
The snow conditions have been excellent throughout the winter, even during the last couple of weeks of hot sunshine. My groups have all been superb (so far) and it's been a blast all round. I am hoping that will continue for my last week - once again in the Queyras.
For next year I will certainly be offering trips in these regions again, both the programmes already established this year and new ones in the Queyras too.
Here's a whole bunch of shots to sum it up.
|Photo Louise Shaxson|
|Photo Sandy Parker|