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Snowshoe hike to Alp Valpun

Alp Valpun (1’800 m); Distance: 10km; 400m ascent /descent; 3.5 hours of walking

Another sunny day with blue sky in pretty Prättigau.

Today we were ambitious and aimed at Philippe’s favorite mountain spot called Gafäll (2’000 m). The snow on the path to Boden was partially compressed and easy to walk, as it is classified as winter hiking path (“Winterwanderweg”), but after Boden it turned into just snow – no path. We put on our snowshoes,  getting ready for a 400m ascent in deep powder snow. Beautiful … and cardio!

After tramping on the snow for two hours, the majestic snow-capped Rätikon mountain range came into a view. We finally arrived at Alp Valpun, 1900m, just underneath Gafäll. Around the same time a group of snowshoe hikers came from the opposite direction,  St. Antönien.

The familiar Alp Valpun, where we come often in summer, was completely covered in snow, including our usual lunch spot.
Philippe’s favorite flying spot, Gafäll, was also in the deep sleep.
We had our sandwiches and a dearly needed cup of hot miso soup. But a light and very cold wind was blowing enough to make my hands and feet numb.

Soon it became too cold to keep standing and we decided to escape from this cold north slope as quickly as possible. To heat up our body we marched down at record speed!

On the way we stopped at the sunny Bodenhütte for a hot chocolate and enjoyed the warmth on our face, chatting away with friendly locals.

Modellsegelflug auf der Alp Valpun – Target F3B

Das War ein wahnsinns Modellsegelflugtag. Am morgen verhiess der verhangene Himmel nichts gutes. Die Sonne drückte nur manchmal durch. Aber ich war guten Mutes und stieg die 40 Minuten auf die Krete unterhalb des “Chrüz”, dem Panyer Hausberg. Das hat sich gelohnt – und wie. Ein wenig Ballast in die Flügel und ab ging’s. Beste Konditionen mit schönem Hangwind und dramatischer Kulisse mit Sicht auf das ganze Prättigau und die Fideriser Heuberge. Ein Traum.