The Barmus loop trail : Snowshoe Passy
La Maison de la Réserve
In order to feed during the winter, it will collect the seeds of cembros or other pine-trees during the summer and hide them in the ground. By dispersing the seeds while transporting them, it participates in the forest regeneration process.
The Crested Tit
Its presence is linked to that of old trees, whether dead wood or aging trees, which are also called "senescent wood". It particularly appreciates softwood forests (spruces, pines and firs).
It is a little bundle of energy, lively and in constantly in motion, easy to recognize by its crest. It feeds on small insects, larvae and spiders but also of conifer seeds.
Encounter with a wild animal, what to do?
- Stop and wait quietly untill the animal goes away.
- Do not shout or make sudden movements which would stress the animal even more.
- Do not try to approach it nor follow it.
The Black Grouse
The male, or rooster, keeps its blue-black plumage in all seasons. The hen, which raises the broods on its own, has a less colorful and reddish-brown plumage, providing good camouflage and protection from predators. Homochromy is the word used for this protective coloring in animals that makes an individual visually become part of the landscape.
The Rock Ptarmigan
Its name, which means "hare's foot", refers to its foot digits covered by fuzz in the winter!
It is one of the most endangered bird species in the Alps.
Every year the nature reserves of Haute-Savoie, in collaboration with "L'Observatoire des Galliformes de Montagne", carry out population monitoring in order study their evolution.
- From the chalet, head towards La maison des lutins and follow the children's tow rope, located on the right. Continue to the bottom of the ski lift le Blaireau. Immediately next to it you’ll find the start of the marked forest trail.
- Follow the trail which overlooks Lac Vert and then climbs to the Chalet d'Ayères refuge.
- Take, on the left of the refuge, the trail that goes up through the forest to the chalets Les Mollays.
- Cross the "village" and turn left after the last climb. Enter the forest, flat, until you cross the Arc-en-ciel ski lift and arrive at the Barmus chalets.
- Then go down to the station, along the slopes, on the left, staying within reserved area for snowshoes.
Always be careful and plan ahead when hiking. Asters, CEN 74 can not be held responsible for the occurrence of an accident or any inconvenience on this itinerary. Before leaving : - Check the weather conditions: adapt your equipment - Your hike on these marked trails is under your own responsibility - Walking times are estimations You are in a fragile environment: respect it Access to the trail is conditioned by weather conditions. For more information, contact the l’Office de Haute Montagne de Chamonix : +33 (0)4 50 53 22 08. https://www.chamoniarde.com/
Access and parking
Parking at the entrance of the station.
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