Achensee Snowshoeing Camp

IMPORTANT UPDATE: At Monday, 15 February 2021, the Austrian Federal Government announced that restaurants, hotels, accommodations have to  closed until further notice. Health is our utmost priority, and we continue to support these measures to combat the virus. Unfortunately, this also means that the Achensee Snowshoeing Camps 2021 will have to be cancelled. 

A Snowshoeing is a wonderful winter activity that lets you experience nature off the cleared winter paths. Get away from the crowds and go on a journey of discovery through the crunching deep snow in the crisp mountain air. How about joining a course that teaches you everything about snowshoeing?

Schneeschuhwanderung in Steinberg am Rofan © Achensee Tourismus

Schneeschuhwanderung in Steinberg am Rofan © Achensee Tourismus

The snowshoeing camps at Lake Achensee complement your winter experience and offer participants the opportunity to learn the basics on being safe in the open terrain. The camps occur on 27/28 February and on 6/7 March 2021. The 2-day camps are run by state-certified mountain and ski guides. The time is divided between theory and hands-on practical sessions, teaching participants the proper behaviour in the mountains and the requisite skills, such as tour planning, how to deal with avalanches, assessing potential risks and choosing the right equipment.

Participants will stay overnight at Hotel Bergland in Pertisau. The first day will be rounded off with a warming group dinner, followed by an informative lecture about equipment, alpine dangers and avalanche awareness. On the second day, the group will be breaking trail and put their skills to the test in the breathtaking wintry landscape of the Achensee region.

  • Programme

    Day 1

    • 09.00 meeting in the hotel
    • Round of introductions
    • Distribution of equipment and group assignment
    • Venturing out into the open terrain
    • Methods how to assess the risk of avalanche, behaviour during the tour and hands-on practice with emergency equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe)
    • Theory session: equipment, snow and avalanche awareness, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, basics of modern risk management and application of assessment methods
    • Group dinner together with the mountain guides
    • Evening lecture: materials, alpine dangers and how to deal with avalanches


    Day 2

    • 08.00 Group breakfast
    • Planning the tour up the Zwölferkopf mountain
    • Reading and interpreting the current avalanche bulletin
    • Snowshoeing tour: practice your skills, especially behaviour in open terrain
    • Convivial gathering to round off the course


    Programme subject to change.

  • Participation & Fee

    Participation fee for the Achensee Snowshoeing Camp is EUR 239 per person and includes:

    • 1 overnight stay at the 3*** Hotel Bergland in Pertisau incl. half board and small wellness offer
    • 2 days course with state-certified mountain and ski guides
    • 1 round trip with the Karwendel cable car
    • Theory on equipment, snow types, avalanche awareness
    • Information and tips on tour planning
    • How to read avalanche bulletin
    • How to assess risks
    • How to deal with avalanches
    • Hands-on practice how to rescue avalanche victims
    • Basics of modern risk management
    • Guided group tour
    • Rental equipment: snowshoes, telescopic poles, Ortovox avalanche transceiver, shovel & probe
    • NOTICE: Please bring your own provisions for the tours. Beverages at the hotel are not included in the package price.


    Participants must bring the following:

    • Equipment (fitted snowshoes & telescopic poles with basket – if available, winter hiking boots)
    • Sun protection (sun glasses, sunscreen)
    • Weather appropriate clothes (rain jacket, insulation jacket)
    • Functional underwear (merino recommended)
    • Spare clothes
    • Cap, gloves
    • 30 litre backpack
    • Snacks for 2 full days, thermos flask
    • Emergency equipment (shovel, probe, avalanche transceiver – if available)