How do you walk in the snow?
Walking in the snow couldn’t be simpler – wearing your regular hiking boots, you follow trails that have been specially prepared and which are clearly signed. The snow on the trails is flattened and compacted by machines to facilitate walking; while the waymarks used have been designed in such a fashion as not to be obscured by fresh snowfall.
What do you need to hike in the snow?
One of the joys of hiking in the snow is that there is very little you need to purchase in advance or carry with you. It’s advisable to take a copy of the local trail map when out walking, as well as a small amount of money – most routes offer the chance to stop at a mountain inn for refreshments.
What should I wear for winter walking?
No special equipment is required, but it is important to dress for the conditions:
- Waterproof walking boots
- Waterproof & windproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers (or gaiters), plus walking trousers
- A breathable base layer and additional warmer layer
- Wool or fleece hat
- Thermal gloves
- Good-quality woollen or synthetic socks
The most important piece of equipment in any winter walker’s arsenal is a good pair of waterproof hiking boots. If you wish, you could also take some grippers or shoe chains to attach to these – they can be useful if conditions are icy. Although you’ll be walking on flattened snow, it’s best to wear waterproof trousers over your regular walking trousers, and a waterproof and windproof jacket will be invaluable. As well as making provision for chilly conditions – by packing a warm hat, thermal gloves and good-quality socks – be sure to also take sunglasses and sun-cream.
Where can I go winter walking in Europe?
So extensive are the winter walking possibilities in Alpine nations such as Switzerland, Italy and Austria that you could happily fill a week in many of our destinations by doing little else! The designated trails are well signposted, and the local tourist office can offer advice appropriate to the snow conditions.
When we say this is one of our favourite activities, we really mean it – many of the Inntravel team have enjoyed their own winter walking breaks, including Alison García Hall, who said of her experience: “It was a revelation. The trails were marked and the surface, while well compacted, was not at all slippery. Kitted out in my trusty walking boots, favourite fleece, walking trousers and walking poles, I set off. I strolled through snowy mountains with incredible vistas; I nodded, greeted and smiled at the other walkers; and I lunched in mountain huts, soaking up the indescribable atmosphere.”