Cold and snow offer more than ski-runs, sport tricks and a sense of excitement: snow shoes are the winter alternative to hiking.

Over the years, the traditional snow rackets consisting of wood and ropes has become a modern and light snowshoe made from plastic or similar material that you can strap onto the shoes. Below, the snow shoes boast snow cleats for a better grip in the snow that is particulary important in steeper uphill and downhill sections.

The northern shore of Lake Garda, with its hills and Monte Baldo, is ideal for snowhoeing and hiking along regularly fixed routes. The route from Prada to the alpine Fiori del Baldo hut certainly ranks among the most beautiful tours, leading along the “Strada per Noale” and a gravel road through the forest. The approximately two-hour hike, which covers a height of up to nearly 900 metres, provides a view of the Brenta Dolomites and the entire Po Valley.

The circular route from San Valentino to Monte Altissimo di Nago is another hike path. It leads to the alpine Damiano Chiesa hut, which is located approximately ten metres below the summit. This hike is 13 km long and covers a height of up to 800 metres.

The snowshoe trail from Pregasina to the Punta dei Larici viewpoint, with a length of 7 km and a height of up to 400 metres, is shorter but equally exciting.

Snowshoeing has no time limit. In fact, various organisations offer night walks led by mountain guides, during which participants can experience the winter landscape in the moonlight. During these hikes, it is often possible to have dinner at an alpine hut before returning home.

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