When first snow is covering the peaks and trees of the Rätikon you know it is about time for you to dig out your snowshoes. But beware: Snowshoeing is an arduous activity. Before you set out to plough through the deep powder in your monster-sized boots it is wise to get into a state of general fitness through other endurance sports. Do not worry though, as we fit all kinds of beginner’s and athlete’s routes into this collection so you will have a plentitude to choose from.
Some advice for your first snowshoe hike:
Do not wrap up too warm for you will sweat. The onion principle applies. Avoid longer breaks in which your body cools down. Always carry at least a dry shirt and enough liquids in your backpack. Hot and isotonic drinks are ideal thirst quenchers. Pay attention to local avalanche warnings and ask the locals if necessary.
This slightly shorter tour is a perfect start for your winter holidays in the Montafon and for walking with snowshoes in general. Overall, it is not too steep, but leads you over enough climbs, so you can familiarize yourself with your snowshoes in the steep terrain. In addition, the view from the Bartholomäberg, modestly speaking, is outstanding.
If you feel a little safer on your snowshoes then this tour is for you. Again, the breathtaking Rätikon extends in front of you as you trudge past numerous small huts and a charming chapel. On the way you can strengthen yourself in the cozy Gasthof Rellseck neat, because snowshoeing is finally hard work and the delicious Kaiserschmarrn you have earned in any case afterwards.
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In the shadow of the most powerful summit of Vorarlberg, the Piz Buin (3312m), you can explore the high alpine mountains here. The imposing Silvretta lake has already frozen over and even when it gets really cold, even the Klostertal brook at the southwestern end of the lake stops falling. At the end of the tour, the Wiesbadener Hütte awaits you, which opens its doors from about mid-February to early October. A winter room is always open.
This exhausting round trip takes you across a charming landscape of lush forests to the freestanding peak of the Muttjöchl, from which you can expect a panorama that you will surely never forget. The tour is for seasoned and experienced snowshoe hikers and is rated in Montafon as medium.
Whether snow-covered forests, magnificent views or cute villages - this winter hiking trail offers you the best that Montafon has to offer in the cold season. On the way you pass the beautifully situated St. Agatha Miners' Chapel, which is worth a visit. At the end of the tour, the Knappastoba awaits a hearty dining room for hungry hikers.
Around Gargellen there is snow on the treetops, the midday peak is white and there is a heavenly peace in the valley. Exactly the right conditions for this light snowshoe tour. It leads you through the cozy village and over a particularly beautiful mountain trail, from which you have the mighty foothills of the Rätikon in view.In Montafon, this snowshoe tour is rated as medium.
This powerful sight will not let you go so fast. The iconic "Three Towers" tower high above the Gauertal and now in winter they look even more impressive as their bare rock walls stand out against the white landscape. The hike is a bit longer, but not very steep except for a short stretch at the beginning.TIP: If you lift a sled up to the Lindauer Hütte, you will save yourself the descent and increase the fun factor ten times.
In the middle of the skiing and hiking area Golm lies this enchanting little nest at about 1520 meters. With the Golmerbahn you can easily get from Vandans in the valley to the middle station Matschwitz, where you can enjoy crystal-clear air and a breathtaking view of the mountains of the Rätikon. Best food is ensured in the house Matschwitz and the trails are partially prepared well in winter.
A second time we lead you into the Gauertal, because this impressive mountain ambience is guaranteed worth it. You still know the iconic "Three Towers" high above the Gauertal from your hike to the Lindauer Hütte. This tour takes you on a relaxing circuit through the beautiful valley. On your way you will pass the Gauertalhaus with its certified organic kitchen, which is open throughout the winter from mid-December.
This short hike is great for getting used to snowshoeing and getting a feel for how good your condition is with them, to balance the rest of your vacation. First you run parallel to the Ill, a tributary of the Rhine and later through the village of Partenen back to the starting point. On the way you can make a short detour into the beautiful little parish church of St. Martin.