Winterwandern im Herzen der Alpen
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- 36,983 km of trails
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What distinguishes a winter hike?
These kind of routes lead you mostly through easy terrain.
Winter hiking trails can be cleared – then the snow is removed and you walk on asphalt or gravel. Especially in open terrain, the courses are often flatted– this means that the layer of snow has been compacted so well that you can walk on it without any problems (comparable to a cross-country ski run).
If there is little snow, you can also walk off the signposted winter hiking trails. But don’t forget that crevasses and streams can lurk underneath the snow. As soon as the snow gets deeper, we advise you to use snowshoes.
What do you have to keep in mind for a winter hike?
You don’t need any special experience to go hiking in winter. Since most of our routes run through the valley or on well-surfaced panoramic paths, alpine dangers only play a role in exceptional cases.
However, walking in winter can be a lot more strenuous than in summer – especially if the trail has not been freshly cleared and gritted. Therefore winter hikes should always be planned and prepared separately from summer adventures.
If you are on the way with your children, you should plan enough breaks for building snowmen, sliding and a snowball fight. To make the route more appealing for kids, take a sled with you or stop at frozen lakes for an ice skating tour – which, by the way, works great in rubber boots.
Equipment for winter hikes
You should carry the following equipment with you:
- warm, waterproof shoes with a good tread and good insulation
- warm jacket and trousers (preferably wind and waterproof)
- scarf, hat, gloves
- sunglasses and sunscreen (snow reflects the sun rays)
- headlamp with charged batteries (if you are out in the afternoon)
- hiking poles
- sufficient provisions and warm drinks
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