Winter hikes

You need not use the skis to discover the Alpe di Siusi. About 30 km of beaten and well-groomed hiking tracks will lead you to the most fascinating and faraway destinations. What seemed impossible only few decades ago is now a unique bonus of this plateau: it can be enjoyed on foot! Every year, more and more enthusiastic winter hikers join the skiers who spend their holidays here.

As winter turns into spring the area becomes more and more fascinating. The first snow-free corners on the sunny southern slopes can be found in March, with the first spring flowers. The sun starts shining on the old round beams of the barn walls and announces the awakening of nature.

Wonderful winter panorama on the Bullaccia on the Alpe di Siusi with the Sella and the Langkofel mountains in the background

Wonderful winter panorama on the Bullaccia 

Hiker on the Alpe di Siusi in winter
Hiking sign in winter landscape on the Alpe di Siusi with the Sciliar mountain in the background

Suggestions for winter hikes:

Alpe di Siusi/Compaccio – Hotel Steger Dellai – Gasthof Ritsch

Start your hike in Compaccio, following a well-beaten track below the road to a junction. Take the track to the Hotel Steger Dellai. Follow the track through snow-covered meadows until you pass the hotel and reach the inn called Ritsch. You can either stop and rest here or continue at your leisure.

Magnificent winter landscape on the Alpe di Siusi with the Sciliar in the background
Hiking signpost in winter landscape on the Alpe di Siusi
Perfectly groomed cross-country ski slope on the Alpe di Siusi

Siusi – S. Osvaldo – Siusi

From Siusi take the road to S. Osvaldo till you reach the Peterlunger farm. Right before the farmhouse turn left on a well-marked track called Plattenweg towards S. Osvaldo. The first part of the track is a steep descent through a low shrub and ends in a low landscape of meadows with a beautiful view over the snow-covered Santner peak and Mount Sciliar, the ruins of Castle Hauenstein and the village of S. Costantino. Once there, follow the sound of the nearby brook called Rio Nero. The track follows the brook, past the Malenger mill to the Simmelemüller farm. There turn right and take a small track to the herb farm Pfleger and the nearby ruins of Aichach Castle, built centuries ago by a lord with the same name, but now only partly preserved. Also the shop of the Pfleger farm is well worth a visit. There you can get products of more than 500 different kinds of herbs and medicinal plants grown organically at the farm.Continue down through a chestnut wood and orchards to the village of S. Osvaldo. Near the village church there is a small pond. In Summer in this area grows a type of grass that produces thin, pale yellow feathers that are bundled together to decorate the hats of Schützen and musicians in their traditional costumes. Now return to Siusi on the same way or take the main road.

The Saint Valentine church with Siusi and the Sciliar in the background
Snowy branches
Snowy winter landscape in Siusi with the Sciliar in the background

Snow shoes

Snowshoe hiking
in the Sciliar Region

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