Winter hiking & snowshoe hiking on the Schmittenhöhe
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Winter hiking & snowshoe hiking on the Schmittenhöhe

Unforgettable winter moments on foot

You think the wintry Schmittenhöhe in the Zell am See region is only for skiers? Far from it! The Pinzgau’s adventure mountain is perfect for hiking during the colder months. Little or “big-footed”: Enjoy the snowy winter landscape to the fullest! 

Guided winter hikes - Weekly programme

Of course, it’s great to explore the Schmitten on your own. But sometimes it’s a nice idea to do so in a group! That’s why there’s a number of guided winter and snowshoe hikes from Monday to Friday. Nordic Walking tour, High-Altitude Promenade or snowshoe hike – an active nature experience takes centre stage during each one of them. Take your pick and let’s go!   

Snowshoe hike

Date: from 16.12.2019 to 23.03.2020
Time: 9:45 am
Meeting Point: Schmittenhöhebahn valley station
Registration:

Information and registration

under infocenter@schmitten.at 

or +43 (0) 6542 789 211

 

Nordic Walking Tour

Date: from 17.12.2019 to 24.03.2020
Time: 9:45 am
Meeting Point: Schmittenhöhebahn valley station
Registration:

Information and registration

under infocenter@schmitten.at 

or +43 (0) 6542 789 211

 

Winter Hike High Altitude Promenade

Date: from 18.12.2019 to 25.03.2020
Time: 9:45 am
Meeting Point: Schmittenhöhebahn valley station
Registration:

Information and registration

under infocenter@schmitten.at 

or +43 (0) 6542 789 211

 

Snowshoe hike

Date: from 19.12.2019 to 26.03.2020
Time: 9:45 am
Meeting Point: Schmittenhöhebahn valley station
Registration:

Information and registration

under infocenter@schmitten.at 

or +43 (0) 6542 789 211

 

Winter hike Reservoir Plettsaukopf

Date: from 20.12.2019 to 27.03.2020
Time: 9:45 am
Meeting Point: cityXpress valley station
Registration:

Information and registration

under infocenter@schmitten.at 

or +43 (0) 6542 789 211

 

Winter hiking trails on the Pinzgau’s adventure mountain

Winter and snowshoe hikers can mainly be found on two trails of the Zell am See-Kaprun region’s scenic-view mountain. The first one – the High-Altitude Promenade – leads hikers from the Areit III mountain station to the summit of the Schmittenhöhe. 590 metres, 20 to 30 minutes, 61 metres of elevation gain – on this short hike, you’ll pass Elisabeth Chapel. True “Sisi” fans won’t get around visiting it! As an alternative, the winter hike to Plettsaukopf reservoir pond is a great option, too. To reach it, take the Sonnenalmbahn and then the Sonnkogelbahn to Sonnkogel mountain station. Hike along the mountain’s crest to the Hochzellerbahn lift and hop on to swiftly and comfortably cover some distance. The hike continues at Hochzellerbahn mountain station. Your destination: the mountain station of the Schmittenhöhebahn. The hike takes about four hours in total – 1.5 of which are actual walking time. Good to know: Both winter hiking trails can be hiked in the opposite direction as well! 

The best scenic viewpoints on the wintry Schmitten 

A panoramic view of 30 impressive three-thousand-metre summits and Lake Zell at your feet: The Schmittenhöhe really deserves its nickname of “scenic-view mountain”! The little hill on the Salersbachköpfl is not the only location where you have an amazing view of the surrounding scenery. Read more about this and other fantastic photo spots on the Schmitten. As well as the two Photo Points where you can have your picture taken in front of a stunning mountain backdrop … 

Experience winter on the Schmittenhöhe while hiking

Winter hiking and snowshoe hiking promise one thing first and foremost: ultimate relaxation! In contrast to sports on the slopes, these two relatively slow-paced activities emphasize calm movement. No hustle and bustle, no stress, no time pressure: Take a moment to admire the breath-taking mountain panorama at 2,000 metres above sea level time and again. Numerous options for taking a break on Zell’s landmark mountain guarantee varied joys. 

You’d like to escape the turmoil on the slopes and explore the Schmittenhöhe with and without skis? That’s great! Put on your hiking boots or snowshoes and let’s go! 

Tips for relaxed winter hikes in Zell am See

You’ve decided on a winter hike on the Schmittenhöhe? That’s great! To make it a resounding success right from the start, you should check out the various possibilities of how to get there and the parking options available on site. Additionally, we recommend sturdy footwear for each one of the hikes. Don’t forget your hat, gloves, sun glasses and camera! And watch out for the signposts along the trails – especially if there are skiers nearby. 

Good to know: 

  • Participating in guided hikes is for free with a valid cable car ticket! 
  • Snowshoes and other equipment can be rented on site. Just provide one of your valuables as a security deposit and off you go on your hike! 
  • For further information and registration, send an e-mail to infocenter@schmitten.at or call +43 (0) 6542 789 211!