Hiking on a thick layer of snow

Experience the snow-covered winter landscapes in the Ybbstal Alps far from regular slopes. Put your snowshoes on – off to adventures!

You want to escape the stress of everyday life and avoid the hustled crowds? Come to rest, enjoy nature intensively and experience the snowy winter world at your own pace? Then try snowshoe hiking in the Ybbstal Alps!

More than just a trend sport

Snowshoeing is a healthy but gentle alternative to the often fast-paced skiing and snowboarding, and a popular sport for those who want to enjoy a slower pace. No previous knowledge is necessary to hike our presented routes. Important are good hiking boots and gaiters made of water-repellent material to prevent the snow from getting into your boots and trousers.

Animal observation on silent soles 

It can happen that you discover an animal track on your tour. Please do not follow it, because our native wild animals are particularly slow in deep snow and live on a lower energy level anyways due to the lack of food. If they are forced to run off with the low energy they have, it might be their death sentence. It's a better idea to stop more often during your tour and observe the snow-covered landscape. With a bit of luck you might see deer, chamois, hare or fox in their natural environment. Please keep your dogs on a leash!

These are our most beautiful routes:

Snowshoe hiking on Hochreit / Göstling an der Ybbs
Leave the cross-country skis at home and experience the Hochreit cross-country center in a different way! Since this winter you can choose between two beautiful tours in the sunny Hochreit:

Ablass-Groß Schöntal tour: 
Length: approx. 5 km, 150 meters of altitude
Hochreit panorama tour:
Length: approx. 7 km, 250 meters of altitude

Snowshoe rental:
Jausenstation Ablass, Family Zettel, T +43 7484/2422, E zettel.ablass@a1.net

Snowshoeing on the Prolling / Ybbsitz
Here you can also try cross-country skiing as well as the trend sport snowshoeing. On approx. 3km you can have extraordinary beautiful panoramic view into the snowy nature of Ybbsitz:

Weyerbauer tour:
Length: approx. 6 km, 200 height meters
Prolling tour:
Length: approx. 4 km, 100 meters altitude

Snowshoe rental:
Mostheuriger Weyerbauer, Family Helm, T +43 7484/2422, E nl.weyerbauer@outlook.com

Snowshoe hiking in Lackenhof on the Ötscher
Lackenhof has a lot to offer for winter sports enthusiasts. Not only perfectly groomed cross-country skiing trails are waiting for you but also two constantly signposted tours for snowshoe hikes:

Eibenkogel tour:
Length: approx. 1.2 km, walking time: approx. 40 minutes
Kesselgraben snowshoe tour:
length approx. 3,5 km, walking time approx. 1 hour
Snowshoe rental:
Ski school Ötscher Lackenhof: T +43 7480/5001, E info@lackenhofskischule.at
Lackenhof ski school: T +43 7480/20256, E info@skischule-lackenhof.at

Please note the general prohibition for snowshoeing and skitouring on the Hochkar in Göstling an der Ybbs!