Snowshoeing promises an intense experience of unspoilt nature. With snowshoes strapped to your boots, you are free to explore bewitching snowy landscapes, far from crowds and prepared trails. From short routes for novices and families to demanding itineraries, the Engadin offers walks to suit all tastes.
Muottas Muragl may be a popular excursion destination, but you only have to walk a few steps from the footpath to find yourself in pristine nature, cradled in snowy stillness. Novices best tackle the circular trail marked blue (for easy), which leads for 3.1 km through the winter landscape, starting and finishing at the funicular summit station. There is also a more demanding variant (marked red) as well as a 7-kilometre route for experienced snowshoeing enthusiasts (marked black). You can round off a wonderful day in suitable style with a romantic sunset enjoyed from the panoramic restaurant of the Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl by the funicular summit station.
Up on Furtschellas, you will find a trail with an extra level of convenience: the Furtschellas Lake Trail, marked with wooden posts throughout. At most you could lose yourself in the beauty of the landscape, but you will reach your destination even without map and compass. All the same, it is important not to leave the marked trail! Starting at the Furtschellas-Chüdera middle station, you reach vantage points with magnificent views over the snow-blanketed valley, with its frozen lakes. After 1.8 km you arrive at a simple but cosy mountain restaurant, the Ustaria Rabgiusa, where you can fortify yourself with delicious local specialities before heading back along the same trail. For an even more carefree version of this enchanting tour, try one of these packages.
Another marked route is the enchanting Staz Forest Trail, which passes through woodland and across snow-covered clearings and moorland, promising an experience of deep calm. The itinerary leads from the Pontresina cross-country ski centre by the railway station to the cross-country ski school in Celerina, and is also a delight to walk in the opposite direction. In contrast to the Furtschellas Lake Trail, you can regard the marker posts simply as guidance, and can trace your own route. Pontresina is also the starting point (Resgia car park) for the easy trail to Morteratsch railway station, which leads over open plateaus and through winter forests.
The Morteratsch Trail, which starts by the railway crossing in Morteratsch, offers a chance to experience this captivating glacier region in total tranquillity. Highlight of this walk towards the Bernina massif is the spectacular view of the sparkling Piz Bernina. Head back from the snout of the glacier to Morteratsch station via the same trail.
Magnificent panoramic alpine views are also a highlight of this rather more demanding walk along the Rhaetian Railway’s Bernina line, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Get off the train at Bernina Suot and follow the trail between the railway line and the edge of the forest, passing the Diavolezza cable car base station to reach Alp Bondo. Continue the loop to return to the starting point.