Virgin snowscapes and an endless sea of glistening white. Silence and tranquility envelop this magical scene and create the space needed to allow your thoughts to wander. Sounds really tempting, right?
Snowshoeing is an old sporting discipline that adds real enjoyment to the winter season – now rediscovered, and an ideal alternative to the bustling ski slopes.
And why do we love this sport? Snowshoeing requires little equipment and is easy to learn. After a few warm-up steps you will already feel comfortable starting your first tour.
We have collected some of the most beautiful tours for you in or around the top ski areas of Zell am See, Ischgl, Saalbach and Schladming.
Zell am See: Winter hiking path from the Sonnkogel to the Schmittenhöhe
Having arrived in Zell am See, head for the car park at the foot of the Schmittenhöhe. The first stage involves a lift ride on the Sonnalmbahn up to 1400 meters above sea level, then hop on the Sonnkogelbahn, which will bring you to the starting point of this alpine hiking path. Following the ridgeline, you will first come to the Hochzelleralm, and ultimately the summit of the Schmittenhöhe at 1965 m.
During the hike, you will be treated to wonderful views of the Zeller See, of the highest peaks in the region as well as the surrounding landscapes. Spanning 2.2 km and 146 vertical meters, this route takes roughly 50 minutes to complete, making it a good choice for rookie snowshoers.
“Winterwanderweg Ebene” in Ischgl
This promising tour leads from the Silvretta gondola lift via a valley path in the direction of Kappl. If you follow the signs marked “Winterwanderweg Ebene”, you will reach your destination in just two hours.
A little above the Trisanna river, you are able to escape the crowded ski metropolis and relax. Now, either return the same way you came under your own steam or take the bus from the Weiler Ebene.
During this 8.5 km hike, you also have the opportunity to stop at numerous inns along the way for some well-earned refreshments.
Winter hiking path at the valley head in Saalbach
This tour does not demand much in the way of experience at all, making it a good choice for beginning snowshoers. The starting point is in Lengau next to where the sleighs wait for customers. The route takes you close to the cross-country ski trail, all the way to the valley head.
In one-and-a-half hours, the romantic path will lead you through forests blanketed deep in snow to your ultimate destination, the Lindlingalm. Local specialties and a tea to warm your cockles will be impossible to resist.
If you are too exhausted to return the same way, you may also choose a more comfortable option, such as a horse-drawn sleigh or a toboggan.
Winter hiking path to the Rossfeld in Schladming
The starting point for this snowshoe hike is on the Hochwurzen and easy to reach using the Hochwurzen summit lift. You will also find refreshment opportunities for an added energy boost or as a reward at the end of the day.
The path is initially a cleared winter hiking path, though from the Hüttecksattel on you will find yourself in open terrain (don’t forget avalanche safety gear incl. transceiver, shovel and probe). Backtrack along the same route. In the course of two hours, you will cover 3.4 km and 278 vertical meters.
All of the tours guarantee a spirit of adventure and a glorious winter feeling! So, now there’s nothing left to do but head out into the fresh winter air!