Welcome to the fascinating world of snowshoeing

Welcome to the fascinating world of snowshoeing, a magical experience that will lead you to discover the most authentic mountains, enveloped in fresh snow and the enchanting silence of winter.

Snowshoes, fascinating and evocative snowshoes, become your passport to explore breathtaking winter landscapes, providing a unique experience during your mountain holiday.

With snowshoes, you will be able to move easily on the white snowpack, avoiding the annoying sinking.

An activity within everyone's reach, which not only benefits your health but also allows you to embrace the mountains in all their winter splendour!

RECOMMENDED ROUTES

1. FORT OF OGA / MALGA SAN COLOMBANO

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Technical information:

Difficulty: Easy
Length: 4 Km 487 m
Duration: 1 h 45 min
Height difference ascent: 525 m
Descent gradient: 0 m
Departure: Oga Fort
Arrival: Malga San Colombano

Download the route in PDF from here https://www.valtellinaoutdoor.it/arcgis/rest/directories/arcgisoutput/Valtellina/Multimedia/Report_CIASPOLE_1_IT.pdf

The trail starts at the locality of Forte di Oga at about 1727 m.a.s.l. A beautiful little road climbs up through fir and larch woods to the San Colombano alpine hut, passing the localities of Baite Streita, Sposina Bassa and Pozza.

The malga is located in a spectacular spot with a view of the Bormio basin, between the slopes of the Corno San Colombano, the Dosso le Pone behind (with the San Colombano pass and the little church of the same name) and to the south the slightly elevated Masucco.

2. VAL DI REZZALO

Technical information:
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3 Km
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Height difference ascent: 375 m
Descent: 0 m
Departure: Fumero
Arrival: La baita refuge

The starting point is Sondalo in the hamlet of Fumero (1465m). The hike starts along a comfortable mule track uphill, often used in winter by many ski mountaineers who make their ascents in this valley.

From Fontanaccia, after one kilometre we enter the valley, meeting the Baite Pontella (1631m).

From here the slope becomes less tiring and as we leave the forest we begin to admire the peaks of the head of the Rezzalo Valley.

We now continue until we reach the small church of San Bernardo di Chiaravalle, and then take the fork in the road in the direction of the La Baita refuge, which we soon reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. OVEN TRAIL

snowshoe_pathTechnical information:
Difficulty: Media
Length: 12 Km
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Height difference ascent: 770 m
Descent gradient: 770 m
Departure: Santa Caterina Valfurva (La Fonte)
Arrival: Branca Refuge

Download the route in PDF from here https://www.valtellinaoutdoor.it/arcgis/rest/directories/arcgisoutput/Valtellina/Multimedia/Report_Passeg_2_IT.pdf

In addition to the charm of a silent, wild valley dominated by the imposing north face of Monte Tresero, there are at least two added values for this valuable winter hike: the almost always beaten ground and the presence along the route of a warm and cosy refreshment point.

From the 'La Fonte' car park in Santa Caterina Valfurva, follow the flat road heading eastwards towards the Forni refuge.

The roadway proceeds flat for about a kilometre until, at the end of the 'Lusseda' meadows, the ascent begins.

You can stop at the first Dei Forni refuge, or for the more courageous you can reach the Branca refuge at 2493 metres.

Equipment needed

Before you dive into this adventure, make sure you are properly equipped. Wear a robust windbreaker, warm gloves, a cap to protect you from the cold, and sunglasses to shield you from the reflected light on the snow. Trekking shoes or hiking boots, along with a roomy backpack and gaiters, complete the outfit. Don't forget ski poles and snowshoes, easily rented from local sports shops, we suggest renting them from here: https://okgoskirent.com/

 

Conclusions

If you prefer to experience it in a group, know that you can join one of the snowshoe hikes organised weekly by the Alpine Guides, find out about their programme here: https://miramontibormio.it/2023/11/28/vacanze-sci-bormio/#ciaspolate-collettive

Do you need to agree on a fully customised hike? You can contact the Alpine Guides directly to arrange unique, tailor-made experiences from here: https://www.guidebormio.com/

Get ready for an unforgettable experience in the mountains with snowshoes! Enjoy the hike!