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Maran - Prätschli - Prätschalp - Prätschsee - Maran

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  • Schneeschuhlaufen Prätschalp
    / Schneeschuhlaufen Prätschalp
    Photo: Andrea Mende, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen Prätschalp
    Photo: Andrea Mende, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen Prätschalp
    Photo: Andrea Mende, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Schneeschuhlaufen Prätschalp
    Photo: Andrea Mende, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Isblaatere
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Sennerei Maran
    Photo: Andrea Mende, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Prätschalp im Winter
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Aussicht von der Prätschalp im Winter
    Photo: Arosa Tourismus, Arosa Lenzerheide
  • / Schneezauber
    Photo: Angela Oppenberger, Community
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Through the forest, over dreamy clearings, up to the alp, past the Upper Prätschsee: a breathtaking view over the Schanfigg and the mountain landscape of Arosa.
moderate
Distance 3.7 km
1:28 h
146 m
146 m

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.

 

 

 

Author’s recommendation

Our moonlight snowshoe hike is very popular. Explore the stars without disturbing artificial light.
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Author
Andrea Mende
Update: July 03, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
2,005 m
Lowest point
1,860 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Cheese Making Factory Maran
Restaurant "isblaatere"
Prätschalp

Safety information

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.

www.slf.ch/lawinenbulletin

We recommend conducting the first tours with a guide.

Tips and hints

Guides

Cross-Country and Snowshoe Centre Geeser
geeser-arosa.ch
T +41 81 377 22 15 / M +41 79 445 53 13

 

Swiss Ski and Snowboard School
sssa.ch
T +41 81 378 75 00

Start

Maran (1,861 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'771'227E 1'184'858N
DD
46.792861, 9.681586
DMS
46°47'34.3"N 9°40'53.7"E
UTM
32T 552017 5182371
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Destination

Maran

Turn-by-turn directions

The trail passes along the Prätschsee lake and through the forest to the Prätschalp and back again.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Rhaetian Railway leaves Chur to Arosa and back at hourly intervals. From the train station Arosa take the local bus to Prätschli and get off at the bus stop "Maran".

 

Getting there

Once you arrive in Chur, follow the sign posts "Arosa". At the village entrance, opposite the petrol station, turn right towards the golf course.

Parking

 

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.

 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'771'227E 1'184'858N
DD
46.792861, 9.681586
DMS
46°47'34.3"N 9°40'53.7"E
UTM
32T 552017 5182371
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Euqipment rental

  • 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
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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.

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Angela Oppenberger
January 22, 2017 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
3.7 km
Duration
1:28 h
Ascent
146 m
Descent
146 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Forest roads Clear area Forest
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1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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