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Snowshoe hiking in the Murau-Kreischberg region

Snowshoe hiking or snowshoe trekking is easy to learn and doesn't require much equipment. In fact, it's just like winter hiking, only with snowshoes. The important thing about snowshoes is to have a relatively large frame to prevent you from sinking into the snow. After completing your climb, or during the hike itself, you are rewarded with superb sweeping views and unspoiled winter landscapes away from prepared trails and slopes.


Snowshoe touring for beginners, advanced and pros

In the Murau-Kreischberg region, there are some diverse snowshoe hikes to choose from. There are easy tours for leisure hikers and less sporty walkers or beginners to truly challenging tours. You can rent out snowshoes at the valley station on the Kreischberg, so you have the opportunity to try it out at least once on your winter break, either for a few hours or a half day.

 

Group snowshoe hikes

During the winter, group snowshoe hikes and moonlit snowshoe hikes are offered on a regular basis. On these, you will be given all the rental equipment you need and tips on how to do it properly. Join other winter sports enthusiasts on a fun excursion with this gentle winter activity and enjoy the beauties of unspoiled nature and crisp air.

 

Snowshoe rental

Intersport Rent Pintar at  Kreischberg

Address: Kreischberg 1, 8861 St. Georgen am Kreischberg, Tel: +43 3537 222 22
Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 8.00 am to 6.00 pm (in winter)
Web: www.sportpintar.at
Offers: Rental, service, andshop
Cost: from € 10.00 per day

 

 

Preparing for the perfect snowshoe hike

  • Decide on your destination and check the weather and avalanche conditions
  • Compare the altitude difference with your own physical fitness for the ascent and descent
  • Check level of difficulty of the trail and snow conditions
  • Adjust your clothing to the temperature and apply the 'onion principle' layering approach

 

Tips for buying snowshoes

As a rough guide, there is a difference between the "Originals" with wooden frames and leather bindings, the "Classics" with aluminium frames and plastic bindings as well as "Moderns" made of flexible plastic.

  • Size: Snowshoe size is in accordance with body weight, stride length and intended use.
  • Weight: the snowshoe should of course not be too heavy.
  • Binding: Different types include strap bindings, ratchet bindings and snowboard bindings. The binding is purchased along with the shoe.
  • Crampon: The crampon is integrated into the binding and is necessary if you tread on ice.
  • Climbing aid: Facilitates walking on steep slopes.
  • Pivot point: This should be under the balls of the feet as centrally as possible with movable bindings.