Snow-shoe hiking on the Dachstein


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Snow-shoe hiking
Snow-shoe hiking

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 Dachstein 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.

Attention!!!

Snow-shoe hiking without a guide on your own risk!

Info hotline: Guides snow-shoe tours!

Geführte Schneeschuhwanderung

Experience an unforgettable day with expert snow-shoe guides and mountain guides!

Requests at Dachstein Tourismus AG by phone +43 50 140 or send a mail to info(at) dachstein.at and
at Outdoor Leadership in the valley station of Dachstein Krippenstein cable car by phone +43 6135 6058

Back: Yeti ticket

Yeti ticket for snow-shoe hikers

The comeback of the 'Yeti-Ticket' ensures you enjoy great value journeys up and down the mountain and snow-shoe hire deals. Price includes tickets for a journey up and down the mountain at all three stages, snow-shoe hire at Dachsteinsport Janu
Yeti ticket: adult Euro 30.- | children Euro 17,-

Snowshoe trails on the Dachstein Krippenstein

snowshoe trails

Snowshoe-trails: groomed & signposted!

Groomed & signposted snowshoe trails the Krippenstein
Groomed & signposted snowshoe trails the Krippenstein

Discover on the four signposted (yellow snowshoe signs on red posts, approx. 30 m apart) and groomed snowshoe trails the charming winter landscape at the Krippenstein with best view on the Dachstein glacier. 

The four signposted and groomed snowshoe trails and winter walks lead you to the most beautiful and breathtaking viewing points of  the Salzkammergut.

WINTER WALK NO. 1: WELTERBESPIRALE
Level of diifficulty: easy | groomed and marked with posts and yellow signs (labeled ‘Welterbespirale’) | posts spaced at intervals of 30-40m | distance covered: 0.5km | approx. 32m altitude gain
Duration: 45 min. (there and back)  
From the Krippenstein mountain station, it goes directly under the third section of the cableway line, passing on through in a SW direction. After 50m approx. you come across several little lodges. Beyond the lodges follows a short and somewhat steep incline. Then after that it’s approx. 150m further to the east, and you’ll have reached your destination. From the ’Welterbespirale’ you’ll have a 360-degree panorama over the surrounding Alpine world. Then it’s back the same way you came. KEEP IN MIND: last cable car ride to the valley at 4:40 pm 

SNOWSHOE TRAIL NO. 2: 5fingers 
Level of difficulty: easy | groomed and marked with posts and yellow signs (labeled ‘5fingers’) | posts spaced at intervals of 30-40m | distance covered: 1km | approx. 120m altitude gain
Duration: 1 hour (there and back)
From the Krippenstein mountain station, it goes directly under the third section of the cableway line, passing on through in a SW direction. After 50m approx. you come across several little lodges. Beyond the lodges follows a short and somewhat steep incline. It’s approx. 100m further in an easterly direction until you reach the Heilbronner Chapel. Now it goes down a few metres to your left and then right again for approx. 200m slightly down the mountainside until you enter a dip. Past this dip, the path gently climbs up onto a hilltop. Once you’ve reached the top, it goes slightly down to the left over a small snow cornice. Then after 50m further slightly to the right, you’ll have reached your destination. And it’s back the same way you came. Info – the route guidance may change depending on the snow situation.
KEEP IN MIND: last cable car ride to the valley at 4:40 pm

SNOWSHOE TRAIL NO. 3: DACHSTEIN SHARK
Level of difficulty: easy to intermediate | groomed and marked with posts and yellow signs (labeled ‘Dachstein-Hai’ (Dachstein shark) | posts spaced at intervals of 30-40m | distance covered: 3.4km | approx. 220m altitude gain
Duration: 1 hour 30 min. (there and back)
The trail starts at the mountain station on the Krippenstein, where the signposted snow shoe trails begin. The path first takes you along the ski slope for about 15 minutes towards the chairlift valley station where you’ll come to a platter lift in the hollow. After you cross the lift path at the top end, you’ll be leaving the secured skiing area. It now goes first downhill slightly over open terrain before you then go up again, gaining approx. 15 metres of altitude. At this point you’ll also find the little Krippenstein ice cave, which you can explore for yourself when the snow conditions are reasonable. About 50m beyond the ice cave, the path branches off semi-left and you follow a slight inclination for approx. 20 min. in a northeasterly direction until you reach the Dachstein shark. And it’s back the same way. When you walk back, the ‘Lodge on the Krippenstein’ is always well worth a visit.
Don’t miss: coffee and home-made apple strudel on the viewing terrace.
KEEP IN MIND: last cable car ride to the valley at 4:40 pm

SNOWSHOE TRAIL NO. 4: DACHSTEIN VISTA      
Level of difficulty: easy to intermediate | groomed and marked with posts and yellow signs (labeled ‘Dachsteinblick’ (Dachstein vista)) | posts spaced at intervals of 30-40m | distance covered: 3km | approx. 220m altitude gain
Duration: 1 hour 30 min. (there and back)
From the Krippenstein you ride the third section of the cable car down to the Gjaid station. The signmarked snowshoe trail begins at the panorama panel. You are now following a well-groomed piste for approx. 10 min. and continue straight on into a large dip, where you’ll find the refuge lodge of the Gjaidalm. Past the ’Gjaidalm’ after approx. 250m, it goes uphill slightly off to the right and then on through avenues of mountain pine for about 30 min. continuing in a northwesterly direction. The path concludes with the Dachstein vista, giving you a breathtaking view over the Dachstein and its glacier when the weather is fine. Then it’s back the same way you came, where the Alpine lodge ’Gjaidalm’ invites you to a well-earned snack.
KEEP IN MIND: last cable car ride to the valley at 4:30 pm

No snow-shoes? Hire them!

Snow-shoes
Snow-shoes for hire

In the valley station near Dachsteinsport Janu,
with Moni at the Lodge or
Michael on the Gjaidalm 
you can hire snow shoes.

Note: Individual snowshoe tour

This is of course just an excerpt of the tour suggestions and the varied offer in the extensive Dachstein area.

Any tour can of course be individually tailored to suit your needs! We recommend you an organized tour with a mountain guide for an individual snowshoe tour! 

Information doesn’t replace scrupulous tour planning!!

Mountain guide: contact

Name Phone number E-Mail address
Outdoor Leadership +43 664 2314824 office@outdoor-leadership.com
Laserer Herbert +43 664 3030001 office@laserer-alpin.at
Kukla Thomas +43 664 3903137 t.kukla@alpenalpin.com
Höll Harald +43 664 1168407 prielschutzhaus@direkt.at
Freysoldt Paul +43 664 4448706 paul.freysoldt@gmx.at
     

Safe snow-shoeing!

Observe and pay attention to warning lables & safety signs!
Observe and pay attention to warning lables & safety signs!

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.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR SNOWSHOW HIKING        

  • We assume no liability. Each guest is directly responsible for themselves and should be able to assess their own fitness levels.
  • Keep in mind: In the open terrain there are sinkholes (collapses or funnel-shaped hollows in the earth’s surface, which have arisen from stones in the bedrock coming loose or from caves collapsing)!
  • Keep an eye out for a potential change in the weather – signs to look for are wind picking up, fog, and temperature increase.
  • Check out the current situation from the avalanche bulletin, e.g. at www.lawinen.at 
  • Pay attention to the avalanche warning lights and notice boards. Follow the instructions of the piste patrol and the rescue service.
  • Never rely on tracks already made in the snow! They do not guarantee your safety from avalanches and could take you in a completely wrong direction – or straight into a sinkholes.
  • Save the phone no. for the lift operating company (+43 50 140) and the mountain rescue service (140) to your mobile for emergencies. If you should find yourself in a hollow without reception, take out your SIM card and dial 112.
  • For long distance walks off the trails: 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 ...