Access to the place
There are basically 2 loops, the one down from the Mourtis resort to the pass, and the one up to the Escalette hut. Given the snow conditions, snowshoes (or ski touring) are mandatory. Easy hike, accessible to all, low gradient.
From Artigue to Col de Menté
In the resort, go to the snow front at the skate park and follow the green trail to the village of Artigue. Descend below the village and pick up the fairly obvious forest path that runs in almost opposite directions towards the pass. This is a long, gentle descent and then a very gentle ascent to the pass.
From Col de Menté to Cabane de l'Escalette
Go to the other side of the parking lot. Follow the red 42 loop signposted at the bottom of the pass. The climb twists and turns to the left, very gradually, through fir trees before finally emerging above the forest. You then reach the Cabane de l'Escalette, a free refuge at the foot of the Pic de l'Escalette. Beautiful views over the valley and surrounding peaks.
To avoid having to retrace your steps, start almost from where you came but a little lower down to find a path between the trees which will quickly descend steeply, zigzagging and heading straight for the Col de Menté.