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Snowshoeing & ski touring in the Mostviertel

Tramping through the Mostviertel Alps.

Down-to-earth, honest and worth every ascent: The winter disciplines snowshoeing and ski touring have a lot in common with the Mostviertel region itself. So it is no wonder that the alpine Mostviertel is full of striking tracks and trails for these two fascinating sports.

About snowshoeing

What do you need for going on a snowshoe hike? Outdoor clothing, waterproof shoes, a good condition and an open mind to discover the beauty of unspoilt nature. In four alpine villages, professional instructors lead you along the rough countryside.

  • St. Aegyd am Neuwalde: Outdoor-expert Christa Strametz invites winter fans for snowshoe walks over an idyllic terrain embedded between St. Aegyd’s home mountains Gippel and Göller. Hiking tours start at the local Nordicsports Academy, where snowshoes can be rented easily. www.nordic-sports-academy.at
  • Lackenhof am Ötscher: The ski rental shop offers equipment for snowshoeing as well. Routes go along the woods or lead up to the upper station Eibenkogel. On Wednesdays, it is possible to go on a guided hiking tour. www.lackenhof.at
  • Hochbärneck: The village is located right on the opposite side of imposing mountain Ötscher. You can rent snowshoes at the hut Almhaus Hochbärneck. www.hochbaerneck.at

Romantic walks in the moonlight

Snowshoe hiking tours are known as one of the most charming kinds of winter sports, not only by daylight. By night, the starlit sky and glistening snow make romantic feelings become more and more intense. Snowshoe hikes by night or under full moon are offered in St. Aegyd/Neuwalde, Göstling-Hochkar and Hochbärneck.

About ski touring

It’s like in the beginning days of ski run when you go up the slopes with climbing skins. It’s the feeling of absolute satisfaction after you have reached the top of the mountain. And, last but not least, it is really adventurous to wedel down the slopes in deep snow. Mostviertel Alps offer a large number of possibilities for getting to know the pleasures of ski touring.

The most popular routes

Situated near four large Mostviertel ski areas, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy both, ski rides down the slopes as well as real nature feeling off-piste. Choose from one of the following areas:

  • Annaberg: The Tirolerkogel near the ski area is one of the most appreciated backcountry mountains as the hut on top is offers delicious food and drinks all year long.
  • Gemeindealpe: On two signposted routes, ski tourers reach the currently re-opened, modern hut Terzerhaus, located near the summit (1,600 metres above sea level).
  • Göstling-Hochkar: Capture the imposing summit of Dürrenstein (1,878 m) or go up the Ringkogel (1,688 m).
  • Lackenhof-Ötscher: On the way up to the peak of landmark Ötscher, make a stopover at hut Ötscher-Schutzhaus for reloading your batteries.
  • St. Aegyd am Neuwalde: The summit of Göller rewards ski tourers with a great outlook over the Mostviertel and Styria.

Other highly frequented backcountry mountains are the Muckenkogel near Lilienfeld and the Schnabelberg, which invites holidaymakers to go on peaceful ski tours in front of the town Waidhofen an der Ybbs.

For beginners

When moving around in the open countryside, please consider to bring with you the required equipment, local knowledge and a good ability to assess possible risks like avalanches. For absolute beginners, it is recommended to learn ski touring only under professional instruction. Contact:

  • Ski touring in Annaberg – Roland Bauer, Mobile: +43 664/284 26 05
  • Ski touring on Hochkar - Skischule JoSchi, Phone: +43 7484/72 13
  • Ski touring in Frankenfels – Mr. Nürnberger, Phone: +43 2725/72 06