Snowshoeing on the Dachstein

Krippenstein news: This has never happened before

The start of the summer season in a mix with snowshoeing and ski touring on the Dachstein Krippenstein. The late snow makes it possible: Snowshoe hikes to the 5fingers as well as the Dachstein-Hai (Dachstein shark) are also possible due to the snow on the mountain (about 150 cm). The trails are signposted and offer a unique May experience with direct glacier views.

Snowshoe adventure for climbers

Leaving tracks through the winter landscape with snowshoes - the silent means of transportation – is finding more and more fans. On the Krippenstein and the Dachstein mountains one will find a wonderful winter landscape. Still the comfort is not missing; numerous alpine cabins in the area around the Dachstein invite you to refreshments. Strap on some snowshoes – let the snow crunch underfoot, and recharge your batteries with a snowshoe tour. A snowshoe hiking campaign is being launched for all snowshoers in the Freeride Arena Krippenstein. Unlike ski tourers (ski mountaineers) who follow one after the other, snowshoe hikers look for untracked snow whilst ascending and descending – therefore they go so much more in the area.

For all keen snowshoe hikers, along with those who wish to become one, there is a special ticket on the Krippenstein. The huge massif of Dachstein offers two different worlds: the winter wonderland with its Swiss pine trees and massive boulders and the fabulous expanse of Hallstatt glacier, the largest in the Northern Limestone Alps. This includes ascent and descent with all three sections of the Krippenstein cable car, alpine lodge voucher (Lodge am Krippenstein, Gjaidalm or Krippenbrunn) and the hire of the snowshoe equipment. Information is available at the Obertraun tourist office (+43 (0) 06131/351) or under

Guided snowshoe hike on Dachstein plateau

The great thing about snowshoeing is that it requires no prior knowledge or special skills. Also, the snowshoes are now equipped with sophisticated technology: A movable binding, crampons and low weight ensure pleasant climbing and tracks in the snow. Amongst others, popular destinations on the Krippenstein in Obertraun are the Heilbronner chapel, the World Heritage panorama (Five Fingers) and within the area around the Gjaidalm a hike to Dachsteinblick is highly recommended! Incidentally: most local ski schools also offer snowshoes for hire. And who does not want to go alone can walk in groups. For the latest schedule please check our calendar of events or with the tourist office Obertraun under (+43 (0) 06131/351 So: On with the snowshoes, ready, go! 

Enjoy a gentle tour

The winter in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has many facets - also a very tranquil one. As a nature lover, you can enjoy the snowy winter landscape around Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley at its most romantic. Many prepared winter hiking trails invite you to relax, marvel and enjoy the snow-covered landscape. The smooth, soft crunching of the snow, the wintry silence and the magnificent winter scenery all have magical power. Numerous winter trails are even located right on the doorstep of your hosts and together with the thermal spa offerings they make a perfect combination for a great winter vacation around Lake Hallstatt. See you in Austria!

More time to enjoy!

To save you unnecessary searching on various websites, we have summarised all relevant information for you below: contact details, opening times, travel times of cable cars, links to public transport and much more. In this way, you get all the information at a glance and have more time to enjoy the breathtaking mountains of the Salzkammergut.

Information at a glance

  • Information regarding the opening and operating times of the Dachstein-Krippenstein cable car in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt are available below from the Dachstein AG. Expert advice regarding hiking routes or snowshoe rental can be obtained from the Gosau tourist office.

  • Opening times:
    Winter season 2017 / 2018 in the FreeSportArena on Mount Krippenstein in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt in Austria: We are starting on 24th of December 2017 and have then open right through to 2th of April 2018 (Easter Monday)7.