My first snowshoe hike
Snowshoe hikes are the perfect way to explore the deep snow-covered winter landscape in a very special setting and offer non-skiers the opportunity to experience adventures in the snow. Snowshoe hikes are also a very suitable leisure activity for families, since no previous knowledge is required. Lena and her father Matthias put it to the test and set off on a snowshoe hike around Lake Obernberg.
The right equipment
You have to check your equipment before setting off. Needless to say, you should not be without the snowshoes themselves (available for children from the age of 6), hiking poles and breathable hiking/skiing clothing. The layering principle is recommended here, i.e. put on several, thinner layers on top of each other so that you can take off one layer if necessary to avoid sweating too much. The footwear with which you slip into the snowshoes should be waterproof and have a slightly higher shaft so that your feet stay as dry as possible. Another essential item is a good snack and a thermos of tea in your rucksack.
Fun in the snow
The equipment is ready and the weather is at its finest. The tour starts at the Lake Obernberg car park. From here, you head along the toboggan run until you see the first barns on the left. This is where we strap on our snowshoes and set off into the deep snow-covered winter landscape. You quickly get used to the snowshoes, which are unfamiliar at first, and you also notice what new adventures they open up in winter. The tour takes the two of them along the signposted summer trail around the lake.
It’s a lot of fun to trudge through the deep snow on such a sunny day. There is also time in between to conjure up a snow angel in the snow covering. The panorama with the snow-covered mountains and the mountain meadows with the rustic barns are particularly beautiful here. The view continues to wander over the lake, which is well hidden under a deep blanket of snow. “Lena really enjoyed making the tracks herself and taking new routes (alongside the already well-trodden ones),” says dad Matthias.
After approx. two and a half hours and plenty of frolicking around in the snow, Lena and her father arrive back at the starting point where they begin their journey home, a little tired but very satisfied. Thoughts of where the next snowshoe hike could take them are already in their heads…
The benefits of a snowshoe hike?
There is no need for prior knowledge and you can explore the landscape and let off steam in the snow in peace and quiet even if the snow conditions are not so ideal. Of course, when moving in untouched and steeper terrain, the avalanche situation must always be taken into account. The most recent avalanche report should therefore be taken into consideration before every snowshoe tour and when choosing a tour.
Start: Lake Obernberg car park
Walking time: 2.5 hours for the entire circuit
Elevation change: approx. 250 m
Trail length: 6 km
Tip: You can rent snowshoes and poles free of charge from the Tourism Association using the guest card.
You will find plenty of other snowshoe hikes on our interactive map maps.wipptal.at