Snowshoe trails: Nature at 360°

A hike on fresh snow amidst the unspoilt nature of Media Valtellina

Media Valtellina offers numerous snowshoe trails that allow hikers of all ages to experience the beauty of the surrounding nature, crossing forests and clearings, meeting the animals that live there and admiring the picturesque snowy landscape, almost as if it were a painting.

Snowshoes, also known as "ciaspole", allow hikers to walk easily on the snow without sinking and are usually worn over mountain boots. Within everyone's reach, they allow for sporting activity without too much effort, in the spectacular mountain landscape of Valtellina: Impossible not to try them out during the winter holiday!

Both in Aprica and in the villages of Trivigno and Pian di Gembro there are numerous routes of varying difficulty, including: the run "Del bosco gentile", an easy route that starts near the Magnolta cable car in Aprica and offers breathtaking views of the Valtellina and the Rhaetian Alps; the trail "Le Bratte", suitable for adults and children, which runs along the Baradello Superpanoramic and, crossing fir and larch woods, offers captivating views of Aprica, the Nature Reserve Pian di Gembro and Mount Padrio; the trail "Dos della Croce", starting from the small church of San Gaetano in the silent Trivigno basin, crossing fir woods and clearings; the trail "Trivigno-Padrio", which leads from the cross-country skiing centre of Trivigno to the summit of Mount Padrio at 2.150 m, from where you can enjoy a unique 360° panoramic view. Finally, inside the Nature Reserve Pian di Gembro, there is an easy route that is mainly flat and with just little  altitude difference uphill, offering unique views of the Valtellina and the Adamello group. But that's not all: also in Prato Valentino in Teglio, one can find a wonderful panoramic terrace at 1.695 m overlooking the valley with a stunning view of the surrounding peaks; but above all, there are trails of easy or medium difficulty such as the "Verdomana"  and the "Doss Laù".

Before setting off on a tour, find out about the snow and avalanche bulletins and the snow conditions on the routes at the info points in the respective area or from the Alpine Guides.

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