The tranquillity of the Innere Salzkammergut and endless kilometres of pristine white splendour opens out before you! Snow-shoe hiking is probably one of the most relaxing types of winter sports – especially when you head out on a guided tour and can really put your trust in your guide ...! Give it a go - so many inveterate boarding fans have, according to Wikipedia, already been convinced by this "tennis racket like" winter sports equipment!
The possibilities on offer in the Freesports Arena Krippenstein are endless on snow shoes! Hundreds of square kilometres of non-tracked splendour and the best guides make it possible for you to have an almost meditative experience on what is the most fascinating of all the mountains. Afterwards snow-shoe hiking on the flat is relatively easy, however going uphill and downhill can provide a challenge; Krippenstein provides the right terrain for every ability level.
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Experience an unforgettable day with expert snow-shoe mountain guides at
Information & Registration:
Either with Krippenstein’s snow-shoe expert
Tel. +43.664.60 81 43 31 or e-mail outdoor(at)dachstein.at
or, at Dachsteinsport Janu in the valley station for the Krippenstein cable car
or, at the tourist information office for the Dachstein Salzkammergut region.
No snow-shoes? Hire them!
Snow-shoe tour tips
Easy half-day tours:
WELTERBESPIRALE + 5FINGERS:
Krippenstein mountain station (2100m) – Heilbronn Chapel/Krippenstein summit – Pioneer cross/World Heritage panorama view (2034m), same return journey, approx. 1.5 hours walking time
This tour is very well signposted and easy to find. Please keep to the signposted route since you are in high Alpine terrain with all its risks and dangers!
HEILBRONN CIRCULAR TRAIL:
Krippenstein mountain station (2100m) - via Margschierf to the Heilbronn Cross (1959m) – continue to the Gjaidalm (1805m); approx. 4 to 5 hours walking time.
From the mountain station follow the ski piste initially (please keep to the edge of the piste), until you reach the platter lift exit in the valley. Proceed straight through the platter lift exit, then just follow the 4m long wooden posts. After around 40 mins you reach a small peak, the Margschierf. The route now proceeds slightly downhill to the Heilbronn Cross. On the right-hand side the winter signposts now take you back via Hirzkar Lake to section three of the Krippenstein cable car. Those of you who are unfamiliar with the area are best to book an experienced guide!
Gjaidalm (1738m) - Seichenklamm (1845m) - Zwölferkogel (1982m), same return journey, total walking time approx. 4 to 5 hours
From the valley station at section three of the Krippenstein cable car to Gjaidalm (1738m), then proceed in a westerly direction to "Wiesberghaus/Simonyhütte" – which is marked with posts – to the hollow situated to the north east of the Sonntagkar. There are also posts marking the route from the mountain station for the armed forces’ cable car. Take a right on a not very pronounced saddle, cross beneath the little rock faces to a hollow, gentle climb on the east side; at the end of the hollow proceed right again, pass the Wandeln (1930m) and head via flat S-ridges to the Zwölferkogel (1982m). Same return journey.
Krippenstein mountain station (2100m) – Gjaidalm (1805m) – Bärengasse – Wiesberghaus (1872 m), same return journey, total walking time approx. 4 to 5 hours
From the valley station at section three of the Krippenstein cable car to Gjaidalm (1738m), now proceed in a westerly direction on the "Wiesberghaus/Simonyhütte" – which is marked with posts – via the big ‘Zierbengrube’. Form here the route now branches off to the right to the Bärengasse (1870m); keep left at the end of the Bärengasse and proceed via two small ridges into the valley. Now take a slight right turn through the valley and a ridge to Wiesberghaus.
This is of course just an excerpt of the tour suggestions and the varied offer in the extensive Dachstein area. Information doesn’t replace scrupulous tour planning!!
Any tour can of course be individually tailored to suit your needs!
Download: NEW snowshoe hiking folder
Here you can donwload the snowshoe-hiking winter folder.
Mountain guide: contact
|Name||Phone number||E-Mail address|
|Outdoor Leadership||+43 (0)664 231 48 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Laserer Herbert||+43 (0)664 303 00 email@example.com|
|Kukla Thomas||+43 (0)664 390 31 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Höll Harald||+43 (0)664 116 84 email@example.com|
|Freysoldt Paul||+43 (0)664 444 87 firstname.lastname@example.org|
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For your safety – please keep in mind: the Krippenstein imposes natural limits – even on snow-shoes you are exposed to the corners and edges, avalanches and sinkholes in the mountains! Inexperienced and those who do not know the area well are definitely advised to join a mountain guide, or a guide who knows the area. In spite of the easy accessibility of the Dachstein plateau by cable cars, please don’t forget that you are in high Alpine terrain. Pay attention to the weather forecast, all tours should only be undertaken when visibility is good. Take emergency equipment with you as a matter of course (avalanche transceiver, avalanche probe, shovel, First Aid kit and a mobile)!
And another request – watch out for our snow grouses – they are a protected species and thanks to their discreet behaviour their typical tracks in the snow provide a fascinating view ...