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Snowshoeing in Austria

Amazing winter views and relaxed walks in the untouched mountain top snow


Snowshoeing is all about enjoying refreshing winter landscapes while walking through beautiful snow-covered mountains. It's a chance to escape the noisy skiing resorts and breathe in the freedom of undisturbed snow on the mountains. Most modern snowshoes are designed for your comfort and warmth. They are made of light metal or plastic and the heel is left "free" for easy walking. The only thing you'll need is walking poles to help with rhythm and balance. The most impressive trails for snowshoeing can be found in Salzburg's Rauris Valley. The amazing high peaks towering above you will make a huge impression before you even begin. This trail takes approximately 3 hours. After that, ​you can enjoy a warming meal at the Alpengasthof Ammererhof. You can even take a toboggan or skis with you for a faster way down. Or you can spend the night in one of the guestrooms and proceed with your adventure in the morning.

Practical info

When is the best time to go snowshoeing in Austria?

If you plan to go snowshoeing in Austria, it's recommendable to do it during the winter months from December to March. During these months, there are perfect outdoor snowshoeing conditions except on the days when there's heavy snowfall or avalanche warnings. It's advisable to check the weather conditions before embarking on the journey. Show more

Where can I find the best snowshoeing trails in Austria?

Rauris Valley in Salzburg offers some of the best snowshoeing trails in Austria. One of the most spectacular tracks leads from the valley's end to the beautiful Gaisbach waterfall. Alpengasthof Ammererhof provides an excellent place to rest and refuel. Other good snowshoe trails include Dachstein, Lech Zürs am Arlberg, and the Weisssee Glacier World in Zell am See-Kaprun. Show more

Can I snowshoe at night in Austria?

Night snowshoeing is an incredible activity that you can enjoy in Austria. Several snowshoe tours are available at night across different parts of Austria. You can take part in a group led by a guide or venture out independently, provided the trails are well-lit. Remember to bring essential lighting equipment like headlamps and torches for a safe experience. Show more

What should I wear while snowshoeing in Austria?

Wearing the right gear is important when going snowshoeing in Austria. Invest in insulated hiking/snowshoeing boots and warm woolen socks. Dress in layers, including a warm hat, gloves, and a good-quality jacket. Thermal leggings and windproof pants will protect your legs from the cold snow. Remember to carry a backpack with water, snacks, sunscreen, and sunglasses to complete the ensemble. Show more

Are there any restrictions on snowshoeing in Austria during peak ski season?

Snowshoeing in Austria is only allowed on marked and planned trails. Therefore, it won't be affected during the peak ski season on designated snowshoeing trails. However, if you decide to go off-trail, ensure you follow the laws and regulations set for skiers to avoid accidents. Wearing brightly colored clothing is also advisable to enhance visibility, especially during periods of high skiing activity. Show more

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