Snow shoes are the most ancient device for getting around in winter when the mountains are covered with snow. There is something magical about a hike on the pure and sometimes untouched snow, rediscovering and savouring the pleasure of moving slowly and silently, delighting in the wonders that lie hidden just outside the busier areas, and identifying the tracks in the snow left by the woodland wildlife. When you find yourself surrounded by nature, walking through larch and stone pine forests and perhaps encountering local wild animals and birds (roe deer, chamois, mountain hares, ermine, snow grouse, squirrels, nutcrackers and eagles), it is not difficult to appreciate and marvel at the evocative light and the colours of winter.
All the routes indicated are deemed safe under normal conditions and are marked on the ground. It is important to follow them so as not to disturb the natural environment or risk losing your way. Varying environmental conditions can result in a significant reduction in safety levels, and all hikers should be aware of weather and snow conditions and ask for information at the local tourist offices. It is good practice not to go hiking alone and always to advise someone of your destination. Inexperienced snowshoers should contact a mountain guide or ask at the ski school. Before any hike, you are advised to consult the snow and weather reports.
In an emergency, dial 118 for mountain rescue (Soccorso Alpino) and provide:
- your personal details
- your location
- your telephone number
- the type and seriousness of the emergency
- the number of people involved
then stay where you are and await instructions from rescuers.
Keep strictly to designated piste-crossing points and be vigilant, making your presence known and always giving way to skiers and snowboarders. It is good practice to carry self-rescue equipment: avalanche beacon, snow shovel and probe. Use a topographic map and plan your route in advance. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate to the winter environment. Do not leave rubbish en route but take it with you, also picking up any left by other people.
There are various mountain restaurants in the area, marked on the map, where you can warm up and ask for information