Winter hiking in Alpendorf Obergassalm

Today, we are going on a nice little snowshoe trek near the mountain ski resort of Sankt Johann/Alpendorf and are setting off from the upper Alpendorfbergbahnen cable car station.


A family on snowshoes in Alpendorf, Sankt Johann im Pongau

You can start off as soon as you get out of the cabin, so we immediately leave the crowded routes behind and head across the pristine virgin snow towards the Obergassalm meadow.


Winter hiking in Alpendorf

Most of the snowshoe routes head off through the forest, which gradually brings travellers closer to the beautiful panoramic mountains but this route reveals breathtaking views right from the first steps. In this frame you can see the Tennengebirge massif in the background. Behind it lies the local state capital, Salzburg, only half an hour’s journey away.

A family on snowshoes in Alpendorf, Sankt Johann im Pongau

Winter hiking in Alpendorf, Sankt Johann im Pongau

A family on snowshoes in Alpendorf, Sankt Johann im Pongau


Right next to it you can find its no less impressive neighbour, Hochkönig – in the photo you can see part of it just left of the cabins. That’s where we went on our first snowshoe trek, which you can read about here – Snowshoe trekking at the Hochkönig massif​»

Kaiserwetter, in other words “Imperial Weather” is really something the Austrians love to talk about when there is not a single cloud in the sky and a blindingly bright sun is shining down on you.


Snowshoeing in Alpendorf


A girl on snowshoes

A girl on snowshoes


The Summit of Heukareck.


Winter landscape. Sankt Johann im Pongau and its Alpendorf

Winter landscape. Sankt Johann im Pongau and its Alpendorf


In spite of how easy snowshoe trekking may appear to be, it is extremely good cardio exercise for your legs, back and even arms, if you use trekking sticks, that is. If you’re not used to them, it’s unlikely your muscles will let you forget about the trek for a few days to come. However, this just pales into insignificance compared with what you get from the mountains themselves.


Father and son snowshoeing in mountains

Father and son snowshoeing in mountains


I love skiing, I love the speed, the adrenaline it gives you when you’re heading downhill, but these kinds of treks just give you a completely different feeling. The ski has a beginning and end and a few repetitions. When you’re snowshoe trekking yourself, however, you are in control and have the freedom to come up with your own route. On these kinds of treks it really is possible to enjoy nature, feel the sensation of freedom and, despite the physical load you’re carrying, well and truly relax.


A girl on snowshoes


Finally, a little on snowshoes. On this particular occasion, we used snowshoes from the American company Tubbs, who has been long fighting for popularity in Europe. We think they’re the best brand going, but that is, of course, our subjective opinion.
It is possible to rent snowshoes at the bottom ski-lift station for around €8-10 a day.


Snowshoes TUBBS

Snowshoes TUBBS



Photos from this post and others on hikes can be seen in the album: open»



About the town

Sankt Johann im Pongau is a small town in Austria, located in the state of Salzburg. It is part of the same district and its administrative centre.
Due to its mountainous location, the town attracts thousands of tourists all year round since it offers an endless number of possibilities for travellers to do – from adults right down to the very smallest.

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See also: you can also visit Liechtenstein Gorge» nearby.


Getting there

Plan route to Alpendorf» (to the ski-lift)


By car


Public transport

You can easily plan your public transport route in detail here: ÖBB — Austrian Federal Railways» (the planner doesn’t just work for Austria – it can also plan your trip from any point in Europe).


Sankt Johann by map:


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