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Easy snow walking accessible by train

Can anyone recommend a beautiful place to go snow walking this weekend and also where to rent snow walking shoes.

It’s more about the view and natural beauty than the need for extreme exercise.

We would ideally like something easy to enjoy the beauty of the snow. Something accessible by train from Zurich would be good if possible.
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Can anyone recommend a beautiful place to go snow walking this weekend and also where to rent snow walking shoes.

It’s more about the view and natural beauty than the need for extreme exercise.

We would ideally like something easy to enjoy the beauty of the snow. Something accessible by train from Zurich would be good if possible.
Einsiedeln / Sihlsee? No need for snowshoes, well prepared hiking trail, basically flat.

https://www.eyz.swiss/de/detail/poit...itt-sihlsee-1/
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Re: Easy snow walking accessible by train

Hi BritSaffa
If the sky is clear, you can get supre views from Rigi. Train Zrh, Arth, Rigi.
There are a few different trails on Rigi, and as Komsomolez has mentioned, some of these are 'WinterWanderung Trails' which are already prepared, so you don't need snowshoes, just good walking shoes / boots.


https://www.rigi.ch/en/experience/ac...0&ipd=15475022


Enjoy the snow.
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Full overview of the official trails here. Can only recommend the get the app for all outdoor activities (maps are great).

https://schweizmobil.cleverapps.io/e...er-hiking.html
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Lovely walk on the Zugerberg. Very nice views, easily accessible.
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Re: Easy snow walking accessible by train

What is snow walking?

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Snowshoeing.
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Lovely walk on the Zugerberg. Very nice views, easily accessible.
Sounds lovely. Are normal hiking boots ok?
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Snowshoeing.
Just yesterday a Swiss-German friend told me that these are not the same, at all. Snow shoeing is with some extra structure added to one's shoe, or special shoes that do that. https://www.google.com/search?q=snow...X8Q_B16BAgUEAE
With this link, you have to scroll down to see the images of people with webbed feet.

Here's a better link:https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-adv...rst-steps.html

He told me that, at least in some areas, it is not permitted to "just go snowshoeing", but that one has to pay to go with a guide, so as to avoid stepping out into areas which are instable and where one could cause an avalanche. One can hire the shoes from the guide (or organisation), or own one's own. Of course, a bit like skiing, if you know what you're doing and how not to get into or cause trouble, you can showshoe by yourself.

Snow walking, he said, on the other hand, is going for a walk on prepared snow paths, i.e. spaces where a machine has been by to compress the snow and make it safe to walk on in regular hiking boots.https://www.blog.tirol/2020/11/winterwanderdorf/

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Just yesterday a Swiss-German friend told me that these are not the same, at all. Snow shoeing is with some extra structure added to one's shoe, or special shoes that do that. https://www.google.com/search?q=snow...X8Q_B16BAgUEAE

Snow walking, he said, on the other hand, is going for a walk on prepared snow paths, i.e. spaces where a machine has been by to compress the snow and make it safe to walk on in regular hiking boots.https://www.blog.tirol/2020/11/winterwanderdorf/
Many thanks for the clarification. Like MusicChick I had assumed that snow walking was, in fact, snowshoeing. Saving the very interesting link to read later.
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Re: Easy snow walking accessible by train

Thanks. Please note that I've updated my post, above.
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Sounds lovely. Are normal hiking boots ok?
Yes for the grip, but your feet may get cold.

I wear either good quality (Meindl) snow boots, or for good paths and no loose snow I find my lightweight Saloman half-boots warmer than my mountain hiking boots.
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Re: Easy snow walking accessible by train

Braunwald in Glarus is easily accessible by train from Zürich.

Take the S25 direct to Linthal, then the Braunwaldbahn up, about 1 hour 45 min total. It's a pretty trip once you get out of the Zürich area.

There are plenty of walking trails, there is also skiing and sledding. (Check the website for COVID restrictions.)

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For winter hiking - anywhere - I put Yaktrax on my snow boots, and snow tips on my nordic poles. I have boots with good gripping soles, but even then when the snow is packed down on a hiking trail it can get slippery or icy. Yaktrax (or similar) make that a non-issue.


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FYI, if you decide to go full-on snowshoeing sometime: If this is your first time be aware that it requires a bit more energy than hiking in boots, especially in new snow. It's often a good idea to start out on a less ambitious hike. It's a wonderful winter sport once you are comfortable in snowshoes.
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