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Snowshoeing around Schladming

Greek historian and philosopher Strabo (63-24 BC) already reports of people who navigated the winter snows with snowshoes on their feet. In recent years, snowshoeing has become a popular winter sport – also as an alternative to backcountry skiing. Here are a few tips for snowshoeing near Schladming.

NEW: signposted snowshoeing tour to Obertal valley
NEW in winter 2017 is the signposted snowshoeing tour to Obertal valley in Rohrmoos. The route is marked with signs for approx. 17 kms – trail heads are located in the village of Rohrmoos (next to Hotel “Das Platzl”), at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable car, and at Windbacher Stub’n inn in Obertal valley. Along the signs you snowshoe into idyllic Obertal valley.

In Obertal valley the sound of the Obertalbach creek is your constant companion – also in winter. The glint of the snow around you adds an additional charm to the scenery. The ruins of the Nickel melting furnace at the valley head are an attraction to – in summer it is open as a museum two days a week. Best starting point for a tour is at Windbacher Stub’n inn, where you also can enjoy regional delicacies after your tour into the idyllic and quite Obertal valley.
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Snowshoe tour in Untertal valley
From Waldhäuslalm inn (reachable with Planai buses) walk along the banks of the Untertalbach creek. Soon you will realize why the XC ski runs are called “Kristallloipe” (crystal ski runs) here. Over meadows and through forest you reach the car park “Seeleiten”
(summer only) after about 1.5 hours. For the way back take the same route.
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Snowshoe hike to Rossfeld
With snowshoes strapped to your feet, make your way from the Hochwurzenhütte chalet briefly along the sled run, then past the Hochwurzenalm chalet and via the “Kleine Wurzen” towards Hüttecksattel mountain saddle. Gently downhill through
high pine forest, before the path begins to wind its way uphill to the Rossfeld. The views of the surrounding mountains are every bit as breathtaking in winter as they are in summer. Return along the same route.
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Sport Tritscher in Rohrmoos village, Schi Lenz – in Rohrmoos village and at the valley terminal of Hochwurzen cable car – and Windbacher Stub’n inn also offer snowshoes for rent.  

Look for more snowshoeing routes at www.schladming-dachstein.at