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“We quite simply have the most beautiful valley in the world. Tourism has made no mistake…  Ski joëring is offering the environment a helping hand: by putting our horses in the meadows, we are protecting this agricultural land from the invading woodland. We are farmers, after all! Even if it is my fellow farmers that have cows, in our way, we also play a role in conserving natural areas. Taking tourists for rides in the forest, we offer tourists an activity that neither pollutes nor involves cable cars.  I know it’s utopian, but as Chamonix is currently raising awareness through free public transport, I think the return of horse-drawn carriages would be a nice idea. With a big car park at the entrance to the town, they could be limited to the town centre and free for skiers with ski passes. It would be a great idea, wouldn’t it? “

Christophe André,
riding school manager

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A former ski patroller and rescuer, Christophe André opened the Mont Blanc riding centre in Les Houches in 2013. Inspired by the purchase of a shire horse, Christophe trained as an instructor in ski joëring, natural skiing with reins.

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Christophe André,
riding school manager

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“There’s a path I go on when ski joëring along the right-hand bank of the Arve, which isn’t always accessible, but it’s always sunny, has deep snow and is well away from any traffic. Sometimes we come across deer and stags, but we always have a different view to that from the ski resort…”

Christophe André,
riding school manager