Snowshoe and winter hikes in the Montafon

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Montafon

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.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    02:07
    3.64 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    5.30 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you feel a little safer on your snowshoes then this tour is for you. Here, too, the breathtaking Rätikon extends in front of you as you trudge past numerous small huts and a charming chapel. On the way, you can properly strengthen yourself in the cozy Gasthof Rellseck, because snowshoeing is after all hard work and you have earned the delicious Kaiserschmarrn in any case!

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    9.53 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    04:02
    4.80 mi
    1.2 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    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.

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  • Easy
    01:30
    3.09 mi
    2.1 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Easy
    00:56
    1.94 mi
    2.1 mph
    325 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    8.49 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,425 ft
    2,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This powerful sight will not let you go so fast. The iconic "Three Towers" tower high above the Gauertal valley and now in winter they look even more imposing as their bare rock faces 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 pull up a sled up to the Lindauer Hütte, you will save yourself the descent and increase the fun factor ten times.

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  • Easy
    00:24
    0.80 mi
    2.0 mph
    150 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the middle of the skiing and hiking area Golm lies this magical 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.

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    5.34 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Easy
    00:34
    1.20 mi
    2.1 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Easy
    01:45
    3.77 mi
    2.2 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short hike will take you through the tranquil village of Vandans, nestled in a picturesque setting of rugged mountains and forests. In the village center is also a real eye-catcher: the old baroque church with its iconic onion dome.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    47.9 mi
  • Duration
    26:35 h
  • Elevation
    11,800 ft

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