HOW DO YOU HIKING ALL THROUGH WINTER?

Does hiking rhyme with summer for you? Keep reading and you'll discover that hiking is compatible with winter. You will even discover new sensations and new sports!

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1/ HIKING WITH SNOWSHOES

To be attached to your hiking boots, snowshoes make walking on snow and especially in powder easier. By increasing the area of your feet in contact with the snow, it allows you to sink less into the snow while giving the necessary boost to move forward. Most snowshoes are also equipped with crampon spikes at the front of the foot to move forward on slopes and on frozen snow.

Big advantage of snowshoeing, it is adaptable to all tastes and all physical forms on condition that you prepare your route well! Many ski resorts offer snowshoeing routes, so give it a go.

How do you go hiking all through winter?
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2/ CANI-HIKING

Do you like to walk and are you also a dog lover? Cani-hiking is just for you! More than a simple walk, you are towed by a dog using a harness and a lanyard.  More sporty than it sounds, it is also a great moment of complicity with your dogs! Perfect compromise between the sled dog and classic hikes, cani-hiking will attract all age groups. This activity allows you to discover new sensations while taking full advantage of the joys of snow.

3/ SKI TOURING

Combine the pleasures of hiking with the pleasures of skiing? Ski touring is there for that! Be careful, however, it requires good preparation and it is recommended to only do it accompanied by a guide. On the way up, you progress thanks to the skins fixed under your skis which stop you slipping backwards. You can also attach your skis to your backpack for steeper slopes.

You therefore avoid taking the ski lifts and access virgin trails, which promises a beautiful descent in powder! To get started, some resorts offer secure and marked routes along the slopes, check with the Tourist Offices and equip yourself with suitable ski touring equipment.

How do you go hiking all through winter?
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4/ CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Do you want to hike while sliding? It's possible.Cross-country skiing is there for you. Cross-country skiing is composed of 3 disciplines:Classic cross-country skiing (also called alternative) where you just have to follow the tracks provided for this purpose and let yourself slide! Skating which is more intense but also more fun. You imitate the skater movement to slide forward and can descend gently on small slopes.

And finally nordic ski hiking (or "nordic cruising") which will allow you to get off the groomed tracks and enjoy the vast expanses of virgin snow. An outfit adapted to your sport is of course recommended. Do not hesitate to inquire about cross-country ski resorts around your home, including at low altitude, and remember to warm up well.

Before setting off on the snow-covered expanses, you will need to choose the right equipment for hiking comfortably and safely.

You will need at least waterproof and non-slip boots, gloves, a waterproof jacket and hiking pants as well as warm headgear of course. As a reminder, 30% of body heat escapes through the head! Also remember to dress according to the principle of the 3-layer system.

You're ready to hit the tracks this winter! First of all, know that there are many groomed routes that allow you to follow the usual routes, with hiking boots adapted to the snow.

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