Snowshoeing or raquette is a great way to extend the useful walking season in the mountains - and it's as easy as walking to get started!
The social hiking map below shows the routes that I've taken over the last few years around Grenoble.
Further down the page you'll all of the routes I've found summarized in a spreadsheet & Google map. A difficulty rating in words indicates a signposted trail from the tourist office. R1-3 ratings are from isere-rando.
If I've walked it, then there will be a link to My trail on that line (otherwise I've not tried that one yet)
Staying safe means being correctly equipped, checking the weather forecast & avalanche risk, walking with friends or a guide, and not taking unnecessary risks.
- SkiTrack Map - highlights slopes > 30 degrees
- Avalanches.fr - observed avalanches in France
- Data Avalanche - crowdsourced map of avalanches
- Henry's Avalanche Talk or UKClimbing overview provide good info on avalanche avoidance & reading the forecast
- How to kill yourself snowshoeing is a worthwhile read
- Piste Hors - provides lots of info on back-county skiiing
- Avalanche Awareness - from the SportsScotland
- What You Need to Know Before Off-piste Skiing
- National Avalanche Center - US Forest Service
- Col status 1 / status 2 - Can you drive thru?
Ski station information & trail maps
- Isere Outdoor now provide links to most of the trail maps
- Vercors - Villard de Lans: Guide
- Vercors - Corrençon: Map
- Vercors - Autrans: Weather
- Vercors - Gresse en Vercors: Map/Access
- Vercors - La Drome
- Alpe du Grand Serre: Map
- Chamrousse: Status / Weather
- Alpe d'Huez: Map
- Les Signaraux: Map
- Saint Sorlin d'Arves: Map