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The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.
If you want to try this type of gentle winter sports on Yeti's tracks, contact the local ski schools or the certified hiking guide Wolfgang Santer directly. Sölden's "Mr. Snowshoe" knows the surroundings like the back of his hand and leads sporty people to the most beautiful places off the beaten tracks. The tours and destinations are designed according to the preferences of his guests. For most winter fans a stopover in a quaint mountain hut is an absolute must: some would like to meet with their skiing friends in a hut - no problem, the experienced guide takes snowshoe hikers to the right place at the right time. Wolfgang Santer also has the appropriate rental equipment (boots of all sizes, poles and headlamps for evening tours).
Basically, there is no age limit for snowshoeing. Everyone who is fit and motivated can take part in this fabulous adventure. Even children and young adults like to "go astray", for example on the exciting tour from Zwieselstein into the valley on the ice-covered Venter Ache mountain brook. Animal tracks in the snow, the sounds of a wintry forest, adventurous slides on steep slopes: sharpening the senses instead of digital overstimulation has become a trend.
Tip: An information sheet including winter hiking trails and map is available in the Ötztal Tourismus offices.
When: daily upon request, booking required
Duration: depending on the destination, the snow and weather conditions
Popular destinations: Stallwiesalm, Gaislachalm, Brunnenbergalm, Granstein, Gampealm, (all huts serviced) and Hochsölden and Giggijoch.
Some hikes are only possible with a guide.