Snowshoeing & winter hiking

Out and about in a winter wonderland

On our snowshoe trails and winter hiking trails, you’ll see a whole new side of the fascinating mountains and the beautiful winter landscape of the Pennine Alps. You’ll glide through the wintry world on the Simplon Pass accompanied by the muffled sound of snowshoes in the fresh snow and a refreshing breeze caressing your face.

In Rothwald and Rosswald and on the Simplon Pass, you have the choice between groomed winter hiking trails and signposted snowshoe trails.

Plenty more snowshoe adventures await in the Simplon region. However, please note that there are certain rules you need to observe. The terrain is not always safe; avalanches can happen and you have to be considerate of the forest and wildlife.

Snowshoe trails

Follow the pink markings on the following signposted winter snowshoe trails in Rothwald and Rosswald and on the Simplon Pass.

Winter hiking trails

There’s no need for snowshoes on the Simplon Pass winter hiking trail, which is groomed weekly.

More Alpine tours

Explore the Simplon region in winter on various snowshoe routes. Please note that these routes are not secured, signposted or maintained. Check up on the routes and their different levels of difficulty as well as the current avalanche situation. If you lack experience and are unable to judge the snow conditions, you should definitely hire a mountain guide or hiking guide who has received the appropriate training. A guide is doubly worthwhile since they will also be able to share plenty of interesting information about the region.

Respect to Protect

The ‘Nature & Recreation’ association advocates snow sports activities in nature and has put together some top tips and handy hints

Considerate snow sports practice – Respect to Protect:

  1. Respect designated wildlife areas and wildlife reserves. They provide wild animals with an undisturbed habitat.
  2. Stay on paths and designated routes in the forest. This allows wild animals to adjust to the presence of humans.
  3. Avoid forest edges and snow-free surfaces: this is where wild animals like to be best.
  4. Keep your dog on a lead, particularly in the forest: wild animals run away from dogs running free.

Chamois, ptarmigans and other wild animals are forced to use their energy sparingly in winter due to the cold conditions and the lack of food. If they are disturbed and put to flight, their survival is at risk. In the worst case, they may even die of exhaustion. However, if you treat the wild animals with respect and go about your outing considerately, you can enjoy nature with a clear conscience.

The best way to avoid stressful encounters is to follow the rules.

Take a look at the ‘Wildlife-friendly conduct in the outdoors’ brochure to prepare yourself thoroughly. Order the brochure

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