Snowshoe walks

If wandering through areas of fresh virgin snow as you explore sites that are inaccessible on skis is something that you dream about doing, snowshoe walks are the perfect way to get away from it all by setting out on a real adventure! This is a sport anyone can try and is also an ideal way of exploring the lower parts of the mountainside with family or friends. 

Squirrel trail

Circuit de raquettes à Chalmazel - EcureuilThis is a very easy 3-km route offering a great introduction to snowshoes. It will take you through a fir and spruce wood - an environment very popular with squirrels.

Distance: 3 km

Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Start / end: at the foot of the Les Jasseries chairlift

Difference in altitude: 100 m

Difficulties: none

Signposting: squirrel tracks


Roe deer trail

Circuit de raquettes à Chalmazel - Chevreuil

This route requires intermediate technical ability and alternates between easy sections along a forest trail and some fairly steep slopes. The trail gives you the opportunity to explore the deeply wooded valley of the Morte and passes close to some peat land (please note that this area is very damp, especially when the snow melts).

Distance: 6 km

Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes / 3 hours

Start / end: at the foot of the Les Jasseries chairlift

Difference in altitude: 220 m

Difficulties: fairly steep slopes

Signposting: roe deer tracks


Fox trail

Circuit de raquettes à Chalmazel - RenardThis route, which involves taking the Les Jasseries chairlift, offers a trip to and from the Hautes-Chaumes du Forez and allows you to enjoy the panoramic view from Pierre-sur-Haute, at an altitude of 1,640 m. Please note that this route is not recommended when the weather is bad.

Distance: 2.5 km

Time: 1 hour

Start / end: Les Jasseries chairlift

Variant: As a round trip (5 km) or by taking the chairlift either on the way out or on the way back

Difference in altitude: 150 m

Signposting: Fox tracks


Accompanied snowshoe walks

If you want to set off to explore the area around the ski resort and the paths which are not accessible to skiers, why not let someone show you around? 

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Le Forez mountain guides can offer routes tailored to both your own abilities and the kinds of thing you will enjoy (where you start, how long you spend, differences in altitude, etc.),

and if the ski resort does not have any snow, why not give Nordic walking a try?

  •  Rando-Forez

Anne-Marie Griot, medium-altitude mountain guide

Tel.: 04 77 24 83 26

  • Archipel

Francis Baroux, mountain guide

Tel.: 04 77 58 79 26

Nordic evenings

Explore the Le Forez and Le Pilat mountains at twilight by going on a snowshoe walk with a medium-altitude mountain guide.

Here is how a Nordic evening works:

5 p.m. - The participants arrive

5.30 p.m. - Semi-nocturnal walk

8.30 p.m. - Mulled wine and a typical mountain meal


Nordic evening schedule


Forthcoming dates

Sites: Chalmazel ski resort - Col de la Loge - Sauvain

Forez Tourisme : Tel. : 04 77 52 18 18
Online bookings only


From March to December

On request (depending on the availability of guides and caterers)


Information and Bookings
Le Pilat Tourist Office
Tel. : 04 74 87 52 00



Price: €36/person over the age of 12 (does not include snowshoe hire)

If there is not enough snow, there will be a normal walk on foot rather than on snowshoes.

Practical information


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