Some skiers spend years trying to get off piste and into the silence of the winter mountain but never quite manage it. Sometimes, the answer is so simple it’s hard to believe: just ditch the skis, strap on a pair of snowshoes, and walk. Leave the resort behind and don’t look back. Instant silence. Just you and your walking companions, the birds, and the peaceful white mountain. A very occasional skier crosses your path but they are gone in an instant. Blissful.
In the still of the morning the winter chill nips at nose and ears.
The sun rises from behind the castellated limestone peaks that dominate the skyline. We set out across crisp snow, unmarked apart from the occasional fox and bird track. This is a pure wilderness experience. Snowshoes liberate us from prepared tracks and crowds. We can venture anywhere knowing we are the first to cross the virgin terrain.
Walking from St Zyprian we are surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the Alps. The jagged outlines of the Catinaccio, the Rosengarten, and the Sciliar group peaks are distinctive and captivating. Changeless yet changing with moving shadow and light, these accompany us on all our walks.
Our walks may leave us pleasantly tired at the end of the day. Back at the hotel we have cake for tea and relax before the first class dinner that the four-star Hotel Dosses offers. They keep a pretty good wine cellar, as you might expect and the wellness centre offers a range of facilities including a hot tub, sauna, steam room and solarium. As with all winter activities snow cannot be guaranteed. However the walks are equally spectacular on snow shoes or walking boots.