Navarre is a focal point for cross-country skiing, one of the gentlest forms of winter sports, which enables the enthusiast to enjoy the sport safely and at the same time to take pleasure in the scenery.
The highest points in the region are situated in the western Pyrenees, in the northeast, where the climate is favourable for snow all through the winter months. Places of great natural wealth, untouched by human hand, are covered with snow and create an exceptionally beautiful setting. There are two main cross-country skiing areas, both of similar characteristics:
When the snow is heavy, Navarre can offer other options for cross-country skiing, albeit in areas that are not well equipped, such as the Aralar and Urbasa-Andía mountain ranges , where the beauty of the scenery accompanies the skier.
Although snowshoes have long been used in areas with frequent snowfalls, they now represent an original opportunity for those who would never dare to put on skis, to plough through the white carpet that covers the landscape.
Snowshoes are platforms with a central frame on which the foot is supported for walking; its wide surface prevents the body from sinking into the snow. There are different types, which adapt to the conditions of each terrain; the latest models incorporate crampons that provide a strong grip on steep slopes as well as on ice.
Navarre offers unbeatable terrain for expeditions with snowshoes, which enable you to enjoy the impressive winter landscapes and the most secluded places. The wildest areas of the western Pyrenees and the gentler contours of Aralar and Urbasa combine harmoniously to offer the visitor pretty and varied itineraries, which can be accessed thanks to a simple and safe means of travel, suitable for all.
Companies that carry out Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and sledging:
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