4 Tips for your next snowshoeing hike

We show you which points to consider when planning your next snowshoe hike. With this preparation, your snowshoe adventures are sure to be a success!

1

Find out about the current snow and weather conditions in the planned touring area. Study the avalanche bulletin and the weather report. Don't just look at the pictures, but also read the corresponding text - it contains helpful information about the avalanche danger and the weather development.

2

Draw your route on a topographic map - you can do this analog or digital. Online tour planning tools also help you with step-by-step planning.

When planning your tour, remember the three factors - conditions, terrain and people.

3

When planning your tour, take into account the wildlife protection areas and wildlife rest areas. These are coloured orange/red on the 1:50 000 ski tour map. On the digital topographic maps you can switch these "layers" on and off.

4

The minimum standard emergency equipment you take with you on every snowshoe tour includes a switched on avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel and an avalanche probe. In addition, a small pocket first aid kit, cell phone, orienteering equipment and sun/cold protection are useful in case something should happen. The safety equipment does not protect us from avalanches or a change in the weather, but can save lives if used correctly.

A pair of snowshoes sitting in the snow around the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Snowshoe tours

Snowshoe guide hiking through the forest, with incredible light and snow falling from the trees.

Snowshoe courses

Avalanche safety instructor demonstrating how to use the equipment.

Avalanche courses

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