When yoga met snowshoe walking

These days, French ski resorts offer plenty of activities for those who don't want to be on the pistes all day. Catherine Cooper discovers the most gentle

Most French ski resorts offer plenty of activities other than skiing or snowboarding – everything from ice-skating and igloo-building to parapente and giant zip wires. Plenty of people visit ski resorts who don’t want to ski all the time (or even, at all) and wellness pursuits such as spas, massage, pilates and yoga are increasing in popularity in mountain locations.

Val Thorens has introduced weekly excursions which combine snowshoeing and outdoor yoga. The three-hour outings are led by mountain guide Brigitte Ruff, who has been leading snowshoe excursions since 1993. She deals with the snowshoeing side of things while Anita Thevenot, an ayurvedic masseuse and yoga teacher, leads the yoga sessions at intervals along the course.

The walks take place a short minibus ride from the main resort in a small valley with a pretty stream during most of the season, or ...

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