Known as randonnée en solo in French, lone ski-trekking in Europe is on the up and up. Long considered too dangerous, solitary ski hikes have now become a lot more do-able thanks to a number of new, signposted routes in resorts like Crans Montana in Switzerland. Opened in 2017, its so-called Rando-Parc now offers 15 itinéraires (routes) that include the epic, advanced-level La X’trême which offers four “uphills” and an elevation of 3,000m.
Not all are so tough, though. The highest ski resort in Europe, Val Thorens, France, has introduced five, fully avalanche-safe tracks, including the easy 1.5km La Camille, opened in 2018, which climbs 280m and finishes with a blue ski run back to the resort. So, why the uphill struggle? According to Carole Deu, a ski marketer at Val Thorens, the interest follows the trend for outdoorsy adventures. “It allows full immersion in the mountains and nature.”