SNOWSHOEING IS BECOMING POPULAR
This is something that would have bemused me 10 years ago. I love snowboarding! I also love my Splitboard. I was constantly looking for fresh powdered terrain to ride my board and escape the skiing crowds. It was all about the journey down, about being fast, furious and slightly on the edge of control!
THEN THINGS CHANGED
I spent more time in the Austrian mountains during the winter. I started to notice that locals worked with the weather conditions and that being outside was very important. I tried cross country skiing and loved it. It was completely different to my snowboarding experiences and I loved the variety. The week later I went on my first snowshoe trip. After a brief introduction on how to adjust my poles and fasten the snowshoes, a group a five of us started our 4 hour journey. The guide showed us deer tracks and we were lucky enough to see an eagle. We meandered through the woods then above the tree line. We were away from everyone and then we began the climb towards a mountain hut. It was tranquil and picture perfect, for the first time in my mountain life, the journey up was the focus. I had time to appreciate the views, the silence and breathe it all in. Mountains are so majestic and this first snowshoe trip was a taster of future adventures.
Now that I live in the Austrian mountains, of East Tirol in the Hohe Tauren National Park, I am spoilt for snowshoe routes and remote hiking destinations. Don’t get me wrong I still love the thrill of my snowboard, but now I also love the simplicity of attaching my snowshoes, packing a hot flask and heading off on an adventure. After a few years of exploring the area we decided that we were ready to share our love of the area and combined with our knowledge and with Barbara and Hubert, our hiking guides, we set about designing our snowshoe holiday and our winter experience holidays at our base, MoaAlm at 1800m in Kals Am Grossglockner. No previous experience is required to take part in a snowshoe holiday, just a good level of hiking fitness and some waterproof layers. We love adventures and we are so constantly blown away by the beauty of this area of Austria that we are always excited to share it with everyone.