the Longon valley Mercantour National Park

Ahh Winter...... and a first flush of excitement in getting amongst the white stuff..

We are loving it of course, but more keen on getting the snow shoes on and heading out - off piste if possible.....

Delighted to offer our guests the best of snow shoeing and winter walking between Christmas and the end of March - snow shoe walking, including time in the snow and a day or so down among the olive groves further south with great views over the French Riviera and even over to Corsica.

In addition we are very pleased to offer activity holidays which have as their basis, warm cosy accommodation plus other "all you might wish to do in the snow" activities - cross country and down hill skiing of course, ice climbing, wolf watching plus ski mountaineering, if you are hard nosed in the snow department.

Cougourde Refuge Alpes Maritimes January 2014


Come for a great holiday in the snow from the Christmas and New Year holidays, when you can escape from the commercial mania of normal life.

We promise to feed and water you well after your day's exertion in the snow.

Weather permitting we offer snow shoeing until the middle of March - but have been known to get our toes into the snow as late as July!!! It's fun to be on the plateau at Authion enjoying a cup of mulled wine looking down to the coast at Antibes and over to Corsica on a good day.

Winter activity

Our new "mix and match" activity holidays allow guests to book accommodation and meals, and then choose the activity which excites the most.

There's good skiing at entry level just 20 minutes drive away, as well as cross country skiing, snow shoeing (of course!), the Alpha wolf park, and ice climbing - a man made ice tower - just a stone's throw from a good restaurant - no need anymore to slog up a valley to find some enticing ice!

For experienced skiers - the Alpes-Maritimes offers great ski mountaineering. Dog sledding is also offered in the Roya valley at Casterino.

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