February is the busiest month of the winter, when schools across Europe are all on half-term break at the same time and families head en masse to the Alps for their annual ski holiday. There are a few ways to avoid the crowds though, and cross-country skiing is one of my favourite alternative activities.
The recent warm sunny weather has left the Chamonix ski de fond trails looking a bit worse for wear, but head higher up the valley to Argentiere or take the Prarion lift up to Les Houches and you’ll find that conditions are much better.
We headed for Les Chosalets, the nursery piste at the bottom of Les Grands Montets, for a leisurely spin around the Argentiere forests. At first glance we were dismayed to see large patches of grass and big sloshy puddles at the start of the trail but fortunately it wasn’t indicative of the rest of the area and once we got amongst the trees there was plenty of snow to scoot around on.
Location: Chamonix - Argentiere
Activities: Cross-Country Skiing