Beneath the Hittisberg mountain in Hittisau, the giant boulders of the Rappenfluh become a mysterious place when night falls. The combination of forest, giant stones and caves is tailor made for adventure tours. As the sun fades on the horizon, outdoor guide Christoph Oberhauser invites his guests to enjoy a torchlit snowshoe hike.
Shortly after four o’clock in the afternoon, when many have already retired to their hotel room or the sofa at home after a fun day of skiing, the adventure beneath the Hittisberg mountain is just beginning. Here the fun is free from traffic jams, ski passes and the hustle and bustle. As the last rays of evening sun set, the powder snow glistens and sparkles. The cold makes your breath freeze and joyful excitement hangs in the air. The equipment is easy to put on. All you really need is snowshoes, gaiters and poles. And we’re off. After just a few metres, Christoph leads the tour into the powder snow. “People have this image in their mind of walking with tennis rackets on their feet,” says Christoph. But those days are long gone. After all, a lot has changed in the world of snowshoe hiking in Austria since the 1990s. Trudging through deep powder snow is now quite easy, even fun!