Frequently Asked Questions
About Your Trip
Even well established ski resorts have trouble guaranteeing good snow conditions throughout the season, but we have the great advantage that we can operate in a variety of snow conditions which skiers might find difficult. There is generally good snow cover throughout our snowshoeing season, but at times we may have days when we will be walking below the snowline. In light snow conditions you might expect to begin walking with your snowshoes strapped to your pack, then stop to put them on as we reach more consistent snow-cover. Usually April departures may be spring-like, with snow on the top, and wild flowers appearing at lower levels, although recent years have had late heavy snowfalls.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
You should take waterproof walking boots or insulated boots with good ankle support. Snow shoes can be adjusted to fit any size boot, so you shouldn't have any problems.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
Sue Weatherby, one of our clients, travelled on an Exodus showshoeing trip and you can read her article to get a personal viewpoint of the activity.
We have chosen to categorize this holiday as ‘Mountain snowshoeing’.
This is described as: taking place in mountainous terrain, but where we restrict travel to areas considered to have very low or non-existent avalanche risk. In certain extreme conditions avalanches may become a risk in areas generally considered to be safe, and standard walks may have to be re-routed, replaced or cancelled. There will be steep and dangerous terrain in the region, but this can be easily avoided in the choice of walks.
Each day the leader will carefully assess the situation and choose the route according to current conditions and those forecast, with the overriding priority being group safety. Our leaders are required not to proceed with any proposed route (including those mentioned in brochure or trip notes) if they believe the risk to be unacceptable.
Previous mountain walking experience and a good level of fitness are essential.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
Throughout the week we use 3 different mountain gites. Each offer something unique, whether it is their remote location, fresh bread cooked on site or the local beer on tap! Rooms will be dormitory in style with shared facilities and all will offer hearty food and a warm welcome. They are all certified “Gites de France”, with solid reputation for cleanliness and food quality.
Katarzyna Crompton - Customer Operations
France Specific Questions
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to France where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
Italy Specific Questions
Please visit the Exodus Travel Guide to Italy where you can find out what plugs they use, as well as more detailed Country information in the menu on the left of the page.
Winter Activities Specific Questions
For more information on the different types of winter trips that we do, please have a look at our Winter Activies programme online.
Our leaders will do their utmost to ensure the personal safety and security of our clients,but all winter activities do bring a risk of physical injury. Beginners to certain activities such as cross-country skiing or ski-touring will inevitably fall over many times; usually the falls are minor and are regarded as part of the fun, but occasionally more serious injuries (such as broken bones) occur. On all mountain winter holidays we have to take extra care for our clients’ safety. Where there is a risk of avalanche, falling on slopes or dangers due to the cold, our guides are extra cautious. If the guide considers situations to be above a reasonable level of risk, activities may have to be cancelled. However, please note that we can never completely eliminate all risks.
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