Snowshoeing

Fresh snow underfoot for the purest Alpine experience

 

Snowshoeing is one of the most delightful ways to enjoy a winter holiday in the mountains.

Snowshoes – ciaspole in Italian – attach to your usual hiking shoes, allowing you to literally walk on deep snow rather than plunging through it. Accessible for all generations and abilities, it’s an invigorating way to admire the mountains at their most charming as you move through this fairy-tale winter landscape. 

SNOWSHOEING: THE EQUIPMENT

Going for a snowshoe hike requires the following:

a windproof jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, hiking shoes or suitable winter-proof equivalent, backpack, gaiters, ski poles and snowshoes (these two key pieces of equipment can be rented at various sports shops throughout Valtellina – contact the Info Point for more information).

SNOWSHOE ROUTES

Before embarking on a snowshoe hike, make sure you check the snow forecast and avalanche bulletin as well as the snow conditions on your chosen route (For details on the current situation, enquire at the closest Info Point and/or ask a qualified mountain guide).

To ensure your snowshoe excursion is risk-free, contact a local mountain guide to assist with organising a hike in complete safety. Throughout Valtellina, there is a busy calendar of excursions during the winter season. All of these events will be led by experienced mountain guides, and some even happen under moodlight.

Valtellina is home to many routes of varying difficulties and lengths. Here’s an overview of the main ones.