In my fitness section I already wrote about the benefits of snowshoeing and now would like to share my most magical snowshoeing tour with you.
Pischa to Mäderbeitz
Pischa is the unspoilt alternative for anyone wishing to enjoy the mountains away from all the hustle and bustle of the other arenas. The focus is on alternative sports in the Flüela Valley winter sports arena. The region offers perfectly groomed winter hiking routes, designated snow shoe trails, high-altitude cross-country ski tracks and 4 fatbike tracks . The area is also an excellent starting point for ski tours in open terrain (freeriding). All activities are concentrated on the cable car from Dörfji to Pischa, which operates every day (no ski lifts).
Since snow-shoe trekking is currently en vogue, I went on an amazing tour, together with Milos from Trendlupe and Andi from Gipfelfieber. Away from the much-trampled paths we conquered deep snowy forests and untouched winter landscapes with snow shoes. It was breathtakingly beautiful, gliding almost weightlessly over the snow as we explored the snow-white wintry landscape. I literally felt like I was in heaven. But see for yourself!
After about a three-hour tour we arrived at the Mäderbeiz, a homely cottage in the middle of the Swiss mountain of Flüela- Valley. Only a 35 min. walk away from the Pischa Parkingplace. We enjoyed the local food, nice cold and hot drinks and relaxed.
This tour just made it on my top 10 most magical winter moments. <3 If you are ever in Davos Klosters, make sure to book a guided tour. I promise you an unforgettable experience!
Snowshoeing is fun and easy. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. Still, here are some tips you might find quite useful when going snowshoeing for the first time.
Guided tour: When you have no experience, book a guided tour to learn about the different techniques and safe slopes. You also need to learn about avalanche-prone areas.
Cloting: Layer your clothing so it can be adjusted to your activity level and the weather. Avoid cotton. Wear a base layer (synthetics and wool retain warmth even when wet)! I wore long underwear that wicks away moisture, insulates well and dries quickly. As an insulating layer I can recommend a polyester fleece or primaloft and for an outer layer, a waterproof, breathable (!) shell jacket and pants.
Also: Always wear suitable boots and moisture-wicking clothing layers for snowshoeing. My suggestions: insulated, waterproof boots are best.
Hat, gloves and accessories: When it is extremely cold (below -20 degrees Celsius), I always recommend mittens, since they keep your hands warmer. I then combine shells with fleece mittens to keep dry and warm.
A wool of synthetic hat retains heat, which is very important when being in the Alps for a longer period of time.
Even when it’s not sunny, think of snow blindness. The reflection of the snow can literally blind you. So, always take along your sunnies – you’ll need them!
Also take along a BUFF. I always put it over my mouth and nose when the air is extremely cold in alpine regions.
Use poles! While optional on flat terrain, poles come in handy on many snowshoeing outings. They not only provide you better balance, they also help give your upper body a workout.
Snowshoeing techniques: Walking on flat or rolling ground is fairly intuitive when you first start out. Most snowshoes have simple “strap and go” bindings that fit a wide range of boot styles and sizes. Your stance should be a little wider than normal when you’re on snowshoes (in order to keep from stepping on the insides of the frames), so you may feel your hips and groin muscles ache after the first few times out.
In powdery snow ehen going uphill, use the kick-step technique. Pick up your foot and literally kick into the snow with the toe of your boot to create a step. Your snowshoes will be on the angle of the slope, with the tails hanging downhill behind you and the toes above your boots.
On descents, keep your poles planted in front of you, knees bent and relaxed, and your body weight slightly back. Walk smoothly and plant heel first, then toe.
photo credits: V’s World