Winter Tour on Thanksgiving Weekend: Stolzenberg & Rosskopf at Lake Spitzingsee

Man, this is the best Thanksgiving gift ever: lots of snow and the mountain trails all to myself. ๐Ÿ—ป๐Ÿ’—

You can take different routes on this tour, none of them is particularly difficult. However, there are some pretty steep passages, which makes the route I took more suitable to endurance hikers. For those who are not used to mountain tours in snowy conditions, I recommend hiking poles. Spikes are a must on this tour.

Though it was mostly cloudy and it was snowing all day long, I had a blast. Snow is just my element. I could have it all year round. ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ—ป๐Ÿ˜Œ

Afterwards, I simply relaxed at the Arabella mountain Spa at lake Switzerland and fully enjoyed my first Sunday off in a very long time. ๐Ÿ’— And in two weeks, I will even have a whole long weekend off, going back to Switzerland. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

xoxo

photo credits ๐Ÿ“ท: Munich Mountain Rebel, Arabella Alpenhotel Spitzingsee

Taubenstein & Rauhkopf at Lake Spitzingsee

The first snow tour is always magical. ๐Ÿ”โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’— Winter is my favorite season. The crisp winter air, I love the cold and the snow and a hot sauna afterwards.

One of my most favorite sceneries here at home are the mountain ranges at the Spitzingsee. When the sky is clear, you have these gorgeous views and can simply relax. This winter, my first tour was to the Taubenstein and Rauhkopf.

Loved it ๐Ÿ’—โ„๏ธ

Snow Day Trips Near Munich

One thing 2020 taught us is to you cherish the little things in life. Here I put together some of my favorite tours during the lockdown, exploring our home mountains near Munich ๐Ÿ”

Sport Sessions at Lake Spitzingsee

Whether you take a little hike to the Obere Firstalm, go fatbiking or explore the cross-country trails, it is one of my favorite places for a short sports session.

Recovery Hike at Lake Tegernsee

After a tough workout I love to go for a little recovery hike at lake Tegernsee – especially the Hoehenweg from Gmund and to the Neureuth mountain hut.

Snowshoeing Kreuzwankl

For those who are fit, I recommend a snowshoeing tour in Garmisch. You start at the valley station of the Hausberg, take the hiking route up to the Kochelbergalm. There you check your mountaineering gear and put on your snowshoes hiking up to the Bayernhaus, then even further to the Kreuzwankl skiing slopes and to the Trรถgelhuette with majestic views of the Zugspitze.

During the lockdown all slopes and cable cars are closed so that you need to be fit enough to climb up in deep snow and also hike back down. Elevation gain with some very steep passages: 800 – 1,100 m, 17-21k.

Lake Eibsee

Once you are already in Garmisch and did a great snowshoeing tour, take a relaxing recovery walk along the lake Eibsee and just breathe: a nice 8k walk to refuel your energy.

Josefstal at Lake Schliersee

Another magic recovery tour is the hike from lake Schliersee to the Josefstal waterfalls. A calming route with beautiful views.

However, always make sure to check weather reports, bring the right equipment & safety gear, lots of fluids and always listen to your body. Only go on tours you can manage & remember that touring in snowy & icy conditions is more difficult & might take up more time as well. Stay safe and healthy!