Leave the hectic pace behind and experience the untouched winter landscape above Arosa - the Prätschalp-Schneeschuhtrail is perfect for this. First you walk through the forest along the cross-country ski trails to the edge of the forest. Several times along the trail you have a unique view of the elongated Schanfigg valley and the mountain landscape of Arosa. On the Prätschalp, the turning point of the tour, about half of the way is over: in summer around 100 cows are summered here by farmers from Chur. In winter, it is ideal for a break and refreshment. Afterwards it goes uphill again in the direction of Ober Prätschsee. Not far from the lake is the Guisanplatz. General Henri Guisan (1874-1960) attended a 1st August celebration here during the Second World War. A commemorative plaque commemorates the historical event. Gently downhill, it leads back to Maran, where the free local bus picks up the winter sports enthusiasts again.
Rest StopCheese Making Factory Maran
A snowshoe tour leads into insecure terrain. Tours are not signposted or prepared. The Arosa Tourism Office cannot be held liable. Please inform yourself about the current snow and avalanche condition before every tour.
We recommend conducting the first tours with a guide.
Tips and hints
Cross-Country and Snowshoe Centre Geeser
T +41 81 377 22 15 / M +41 79 445 53 13
Swiss Ski and Snowboard School
T +41 81 378 75 00
Getting thereOnce you arrive in Chur, follow the sign posts "Arosa". At the village entrance, opposite the petrol station, turn right towards the golf course.
Parking spaces at Maran are limited. It is highly recommended to park at the Ochsenbühl car park and to take the local bus to Maran.
- Carmenna Sport T +41 81 377 12 05
- Sprecher Sport T +41 81 377 12 07
- Snowshoe Centre Geeser T +41 81 377 22 15
- Schmid Sport AG T +41 81 377 25 95
Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
- Lip protection (SPF 30+)
- Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
- moisture wicking skull / knit cap
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking
- Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.