- 3 sets of warm underwear
- wind and water resistant functional clothing (Goretex, Softshell etc.)
- hat and gloves
- sun glasses and / or ski goggles, sunscreen
- waterproof winter boots
- snow gaiters are of advantage
- the backpack should have a fastening possibility for snow shoes
Highlights of the snowshoe tour in the Salzkammergut:
Snowshoe hiking on the Krippenstein - part of the UNESCO World Heritage
- Stay in the Inner Salzkammergut with the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt
- Tranquility and enjoyment in the Ausseerland - the quiet natural beauty
- Winter sports with fascinating panoramas on the Dachstein mountains
- At the foot of the Loser – the landmark of the Ausseerland
The walking distances are based on the following average walking speed:
2,6 km and 200 meters of elevation per hour
The execution of the tour depends on weather and avalanche conditions!
Changes of routing are possible!
- 5 x Overnight stays at ***Hotels with breakfast buffet and 3- or 4-course dinner
- 1 x welcome drink
- 1 x public bus ride back and forth to the Krippenstein cable car (day 2)
- 1 x Up and down ride Krippenstein cable car (day 2)
- 1 x public bus ride back and forth Bad Goisern - Gosau (day 3)
- 1 x 4 h entrance to the Narzissenbad Aussee SPA incl sauna (day 4)
- 1 x Transfer from Bad Goisern to the Narzissenbad Aussee
- 1 x public bus ride back and forth Bad Aussee – Altaussee Loser (Tag 5)
- 1 x maps and other information material
- 1 x luggage transfer (2 pcs included/person, max 25kg/pcs, further luggage: € 5, --/pcs, to pay on spot)
- Daily service hotline 09:00 am – 07:00 pm (incl. weekends)
The execution of the tour depends on the weather and avalanches!
Changes to the route due to weather conditions are possible!
Day 1: Individual arrival in the climatic health resort of Bad Goisern
Arrival in sun-drenched Bad Goisern. The pretty spa town with its outstanding geographical location on Lake Hallstatt attracts sports and mountain enthusiasts in both summer and winter. Depending on the time of arrival, a visit to the HandWerkHaus is worthwhile. Traditional, old craftsmanship is illustrated here, but the way to modern working methods in craftsmanship is also shown. You will receive your travel documents and a welcome schnapps at the hotel. (3 nights)
Day 2: Dachstein high plateau on the Krippenstein
The public bus takes you to the valley station of the Krippenstein cable car. You ride it up to the Schönbergalm (middle station) and further over steep rock faces to the high Krippenstein at an altitude of 2,100 meters. Located on the northern edge of the Dachstein massif, this limestone massif offers an overwhelming view of the broad karst plateau of the Dachstein.
From here there are several ways to explore the plateau:
Variant 1 (simple) Heilbronner Cross
From the mountain station of the Krippenstein cable car, hike the signposted circular route to the Heilbronnerkreuz. Here you can enjoy the spectacular view over the Dachstein high plateau. From the cross, it takes 1 ½ hours to the third section of the cable car, which takes you back to the starting point. But you can also hike an extra stretch along the ski slope to the Krippenstein mountain station.
Snowshoe hike: approx. 2,5 - 3 hours (7.3 km; 400 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
Variant 2 (medium) Wiesberghaus
From the Krippenstein mountain station, take the gondola again – this time to the Gjaidalm, which is ideal for a short refreshment. The karst plateau north of the High Dachstein is a wonderful area for technically easy snowshoe tours. The views sweep over the Salzburger Land as well as to the glaciers and rock castles of the Dachstein peaks. The path follows the gentle up and down through this wonderful natural landscape before you can enjoy the sun terrace at the Wiesberghaus at 1,882 meters. Finally, it's back to the cable car station and you take the gondola back down to the valley, where you can review the impressions of the day.
Snowshoe hike: approx. 4 hours (10.9 km; 700 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
Day 3: Goisererhut and Kalmberg
You start today with the public bus into the Gosau valley. The tour to the Goiserer Hütte with a stop for refreshments and to the High Kalmberg is a wonderful destination for a snowshoe tour with a view of the Dachstein and the Gosaukamm. In the district of Ramsau, the signposted ascent begins first through forest areas and over a spacious alpine pasture area, such as the Iglmoosalm and numerous other (unfortunately not serviced) huts. It goes up through a mountain spruce forest over the Schartenalm and in the direction of the Goisererhut. Once there, the fabulous panorama of the Goisern Valley stretches out below you. Depending on your physical condition, you can hike further past the Kalmooschurch on the High Kalmberg before returning to Gosau and taking the bus to Bad Goisern.
Snowshoe hike: approx. 5 hours (12 km; 1,066 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
(Without the ascent to the Kalmberg, the distance is reduced by about 2.5 km and 200 m of altitude difference)
Day 4: Relaxation day in Bad Aussee with a visit to the brine bath
Today you leave the Inner Salzkammergut and use the organized transfer to the Ausseerland. To get there, the Pötschenpass has to be overcome at 993 meters. Shortly thereafter, the valley opens up and the striking peak of the Loser comes into view.
Take a break from the sporting activities of the past few days and visit the Narzissenbad in Bad Aussee. In the brine water from the Ausseer Salzberg, the largest salt deposits in Austria, you can regenerate wonderfully. A bathing experience in a fantastic natural setting awaits you, because the Narzissen Vital Resort offers a unique view of the mountains and natural landscape of the Ausseerland. While you relax, your luggage will be transported to your booked hotel in Bad Aussee. (2 nights)
Day 5: Loser – striking panoramic mountain in the Styrian Salzkammergut
Today the bus will take you to Altaussee at the foot of the Loser. This mountain scenery with a mountain lake already impressed James Bond actor Daniel Craig in the film "Spectre".
If you are looking for a leisurely snowshoe hike in a fantastic setting, you will find it on the Blaa Alm. From the Loser Ski Arena you start in the direction of the Blaa Wirtshaus with a place to stop for refreshments; it goes past the so-called Blaa-Eck and over snow-covered meadows. This snowshoe hike, with a small difference in altitude, is the perfect tour to end the trip. After the descent, take the bus back to Bad Aussee.
Snowshoe hike: approx. 1.5 hours (7 km; 30 Altitude meters in ascent and descent)
Day 6: Ausseerland - Individual departure
If you have the opportunity to extend your stay in the sun-drenched Ausseerland, the repertoire of discoveries is far from exhausted and additional nights can be booked. Otherwise, the return journey will take place in the morning.
Rates per arrangement and person in €:
06.01. – 31.03.2024
Supplement for single room per stay
Supplement for single travelers
Extra night (before/after the tour)
Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 4,-- per person/per night)
Prices are subject to change
Snow shoes incl. poles: € 100,-- per person for the whole tour
Please book your snow shoes in advance.
Winter shoes not included.
We recommend travel cancellation insurance.
The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version.
Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.