Tips for winter hikers
We have compiled several tips for your hikes through the snow:
- Make sure that you have the right equipment with you, such as suitable, waterproof boots (e.g. hiking boots) and warm outerwear.
- Other useful items include: headgear, gloves, snow goggles or sunglasses, sun screen.
- “Shoe chains” prevent slipping on ice and snow: they are available from shoe shops and sport shops.
- Trekking poles are also helpful.
Winter hiking trails throughout the whole of the Bregenzerwald region are clearly signposted in a highly visible pink colour.
Notes on safety
- Stay on the signposted hiking paths (pink signposts).
- Taking short steps and maintaining an even pace save your strength when going uphill, and protect your joints going downhill.
- Walking downhill with a slight forward bend in your upper body reduces the danger of slipping.
- Take plenty of drinks with you: it is also important to drink even if you are not thirsty.
- Ask your hosts about the weather forecast. Fog and bad weather can set in surprisingly quickly. Turn back in good time rather than risking getting into danger. As a winter hiker (or a summer hiker), you hike at your own risk.