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Euro Snowshoe Vibe

French snowshoes imported by Wānaka couple Janelle Fletcher and Pierre Champagnat have a classy Euro vibe and are ideal for winter exploring in Central Otago’s backcountry.

Their company TSL Outdoor NZ imports and sells the TSL snowshoes direct from the French agency in Annecy.

“We love sharing these cool snowshoes for local outdoor experiences in snow and nature,” says Janelle. “ They are technical and super-easy to use offering quiet access to amazing wilderness trails.”

Pierre, a builder who grew up in Annecy learning to ski, climb and snowshoe and Janelle who is a local marriage celebrant want to make snowshoeing more affordable and accessible to a wide cross-section of people.

“ Our motivation is to meet inspiring local people and help them discover the beauty of the outdoors in a tranquil way while enjoying stunning local spots,” says Janelle.

She says TSL Outdoor France is considered the world’s top snowshoe company.

“ Both the composite and hyperflex snowshoes are unique providing a sense of safety, security and ease of mobility for everyone. They offer plenty of traction and are suitable for a variety of terrain from soft deep snow to more icy, difficult conditions.”

“ The simple ratchet back strap system – much like a snowboard – with easy front strap can be put on and off quickly and the shoes are adjustable so you can share them with your friends and family.”

Pierre and Janelle, who live off grid in a yurt in Wānaka display their range online at

“ However, we prefer face-to-face sales and typically don’t tend to sell online but personally take people through the selection process. There are limited stock numbers so now is a good time to buy.”

“Snow Farm is our key local Wānaka connection with their willingness to host and promote our snowshoes a win-win,” says Janelle. “We recommend their beautiful environment as a very easy, local option to experience our snowshoes on superb local trails.”

Pierre and Janelle are sponsors and supporters of Aspiring Avalanche Dogs.

“The organisation plays a vital role in the community saving lives and snowshoes help rescuers to carry out more extensive searches in wilderness areas.”