Winter hiking with a view at Tauplitz, near Kriemandl-cabin 1880 m above sea level, Ausseerland; clothing: Lodenwalke Ramsau | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm Winter hiking with a view at Tauplitz, near Kriemandl-cabin 1880 m above sea level, Ausseerland; clothing: Lodenwalke Ramsau | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm
Off the beaten track and in the midst of nature

Snowshoeing in Styria

Snowshoeing in the tranquillity of the Low Tauern Mountains, the Totes Gebirge, the Gesäuse, the Seetal Alps and the Fischbach Alps is a feast for nature lovers. Hiking through the pristine snow with lightweight snowshoes is a great alternative to skiing or snowboarding. Away from the hustle and bustle, countless snowshoeing routes criss-cross the winter landscape of Styria.

The best thing about it: No prior experience is required. Simply put on your snowshoes and off you go!

Don’t forget: Please respect our guidelines on safety in the mountains!

The region’s best snowshoe hikes

Styria boasts a multitude of snowshoe trails for all skills levels, ranging from relaxed circular tracks for a first try-out to more challenging forest routes. If you’re looking for even more tour tips, we recommend the “Rother Schneeschuhführer Steiermark“ guidebook by Silvia Sarcletti and Elisabeth Zienitzer.

Snowshoeing | © Steiermark Tourismus | Himsl

Are you looking for a snowshoe hike?

Carefree snowshoeing: On guided tours with a mountain guide, you can forget about your worries and enjoy nature to the fullest.

Ready, set, hike! For an overview of winter hikes in Styria, consult our tour portal.

All snowshoe hikes at a glance

Natural and culinary delights during snowshoeing

The best thing about a long and glorious snowshoe hike? The breaks! Take a seat a mountain hut and enjoy the sunshine and great views. What’s more, the traditional Styrian delicacies served at the mountain huts always come with a side of fresh mountain air.

Safe snowshoeing

5 steps to a perfect snowshoeing experience:

  1. Plan your snowshoe hike in advance! Ideally, choose trails with little altitude difference as this makes it easier to tackle the ascents and descents.
  2. Check the avalanche forecast and find out about the current warning level! 
  3. Bring adequate gear:
    1. warm boots and waterproof gaiters
    2. solid snowshoes with climbing aid
    3. high-quality, telescopic hiking poles
    4. a backpack with sufficient food and drinks as well as a set of spare clothes
    5. an avalanche kit including an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and a probe
  4. Use the right technique! Walk naturally, use the climbing aid when necessary and optionally remove and store the snowshoes on downhill passages.
  5. Respect nature and the animals!

Perfectly prepared: The information and safety tips provided by the Austrian Alpine Association help you to plan your snowshoe hike so that it becomes a one-of-a-kind experience.

„The mountains are mute masters who make for silent pupils.“
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Pure pleasure: snowshoeing in Styria

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