Snowshoeing begins before the start of the ski season. This ancient form of getting around has been enjoying something of a renaissance in recent years. The principle of increasing the surface area of shoes so as not to sink into the snow was developed independently in various different snowy regions.
For an extensive tour through the idyllic winter landscape, you need:
- Snowshoes to keep you on the surface of the snow
- Gaitors or cuffs to prevent snow getting into your shoes
- Ski sticks with large baskets to prevent them sinking into the snow
- Breathable, waterproof, warm winter clothing
- High, waterproof winter shoes or hiking boots
- Hat, scarf
- Rucksack with hot tea and a small snack
- Sunglasses for nice weather
As a passionate hiker and nature lover, Daniela Pfefferkorn loves it everytime she can swap her office chair for snowshoes. Once a week she has to find time to enjoy the wonderful scenery and the crystal clear air.
Walking over the open snowfields has something meditative about it. The rhythm of your steps, the regular inhaling and exhaling, and the fabulous glistening of the snow have a calming effect. The balance of body and spirit come into harmony again.
You couldn’t ask for a better location to enjoy snowshoe walking in the Arlberg region. The Hotel Goldener Berg stands in car-free Oberlech, right next to the ski piste, just a few minutes from the edge of the forest. You can start your snowshoeing adventure from the doorstep.
As you head out across the Arlberg sunny plateau, look out for little tracks in the snow next to. You will be able to recognise the tracks of deer, rabbits, and fox. As the end of March approaches and the days get warmer, the animals in Oberlech become busier, and if you keep your eyes open, you may well see some wildlife scampering over the snowfields.
After a lovely long walk, there is a 30+ km network of paths to choose from, you have earned a reward. How about some lovely “Kaiserschmarrn” and a mug of coffee on the sun terrace of the Goldener Berg?
Refuel on vitamin D whilst enjoying the tranquillity of car-free Oberlech.