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Video: Snowshoeing

Video: Snowshoeing
Video: Snowshoeing 101 - How to snowshoe 2023, March


Snow-covered winter landscapes exert a special fascination. Snowshoe hiking opens up this natural experience without having to master skiing. No special athletic knowledge is required for walking with snowshoes, and the handling of the snowshoes is uncomplicated. A prerequisite for being able to trudge through the snow for several hours is a good basic level of fitness…


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Healthy nature experience

With the original winter means of locomotion used by the Indians and trappers, extensive hikes can be undertaken in the flatlands, in the hilly terrain, but also in the mountains. Even with low snow conditions that do not allow skiing, snowshoes offer an opportunity to be out and about in winter. However, snowshoe tours in the mountains require alpine experience and knowledge of avalanches. Marked wildlife sanctuaries may not be entered during winter hikes away from marked trails. A good opportunity to gain initial experience is a guided snowshoe hike.

Snowshoeing is very beneficial to health: it strengthens the cardiovascular system and increases energy consumption. In addition, walking quietly in the snow is an ideal way to reduce stress.

The right equipment

Snowshoes have a large contact surface, so you can move easily on the snow without sinking deeply. Walking on hard snow in steep terrain is made possible by a removable “hard claw” made of steel. No special shoes are required for snowshoes. High, sturdy shoes are recommended. Ski poles make walking much easier.

Clothing: Breathable and weatherproof outerwear offers the necessary protection against wind and weather. For the clothing underneath, several layers of clothing are recommended. During strenuous sections, you can take off layers to regulate your temperature sensation. Dry spare underwear is important for longer tours to avoid heat loss. A hood and gloves are also part of the equipment for a snowshoe hike.

Backpack: Used to transport provisions, spare clothing and equipment.

Sunglasses: protect the eyes from UV radiation.

Avalanche transceiver: When snowshoeing in the mountains, an avalanche transceiver (avalanche search device) with an avalanche shovel and probe is important in order to be able to carry out a quick rescue in the event of an avalanche accident.

Note Alpine emergency number 140 (bring your mobile phone with you!)

Whom can I ask?

The alpine associations offer guided snowshoe hikes (see topic Exercise, "Links and Downloads"). Further offers can also be found under Fit Sport Austria.

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