Swiss Mountain Leader is a Switzerland-based ski site that was formed by Ian Spare who is a well-known International Mountain Leader. Ian has been living in the Switzerland for a long time after having moved from the UK in 1999. The Swiss Mountain Leader is being operated and maintained from Leysin in the beautiful Swiss Alps. The site offers useful information on a wide range of mountain climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledging, trekking, and walking holidays in the Swiss Alps. It also provi…
Five alternative things to do on the slopes featuring snowshoeing with SwissMountainLeader
Switzerland. You possibly couldn’t find a more diverse climate or landscape in such a relatively small area. Despite this, its ski resorts attract tourists in droves for the dramatic alpine scenery, après-ski and numerous lakes. One of its better known, Lake Geneva, is just 30 minutes west of Leysin. This beautiful resort is home for Ian Spare, a member of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML), and his partner Julie.
We also did a day’s snowshoeing with Ian, which was great fun and he tailored it to the fitness of the whole group so that everyone could enjoy it at their own pace. The views were fantastic and Ian is very knowledgeable on the area. Excellent hospitality from Ian and Julie. Ian picked us up from the station when we arrived, which was very welcome after the 2 hour train journey, Julie provided a lovely breakfast both mornings we stayed and both of them couldn’t have been more fri…
thanks Ian, it was an awesome weekend and thanks so much for guiding us there and back in one piece!
I just wanted to say thanks again for having us. It was a once in a lifetime experience and you and Julie truly made our experience memorable.
A perfect location and wonderful hospitality. Leysin village is a short stroll for shopping and restaurants (Fromagerie is a must). Bedroom large and well equipped. Breakfast very good quality. Kitchenette if required. Expert snow shoe guiding and advice with Ian Spare
Ian Spare is a true mountain expert. As a renowned international mountain leader (IML) he guides anyone interested to some of the most beautiful parts of the Swiss Alps. With his website and company SwissMountainLeader.com he is the place to go for exceptional Alpine Hut Tours, Alpine Hiking and Snowshoeing.
Ian is an International Mountain Leader and leads snow show walks in the winter. We had 5 days of guided walking which were generally off the beaten track and included advice on snow conditions, avalanches and animal tracks. Highly recommended. The chalet was very clean, comfortable and well furnished – everything you would expect of a Swiss B&B. It was the little things that really made the difference – Ian and Julie are really friendly people and extremely hospitable. Although…
JL and GL
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