A Saturday afternoon in the mountains
Foppolo, Province of Bergamo, Italian Alps
Saturday we went with friends snowshoeing for the first time. We didn’t know what to expect and I have to say it is surprisingly fun!
Walking on snowshoes is a beautiful experience for everyone who wants to explore the winter landscape in a sustainable way.
However, buying a pair of snowshoes can be a bit expensive, so, if you are not sure about becoming a regular snowshoes fanatic straight away, I suggest you to rent them. We rented our snowshoes with Sharewood, a peer-to-peer platform where people can share and rent all sorts of sport equipment.
You can find out more details on their website, as well as choose the locations, which are many and widespread.
We had chosen to pick ours up at the ski shop at ski station in Foppolo, in the Italian Alps, and off we went!
The track was really beautiful and the landscape around us stunning. It is a little bit harder than just hiking and, at first, you will have the impression to walk on sand when at the beach, so my advice would be to start out slowly on easy trails.
A little tip that might come in handy is to dress in layers so you can remove clothing if you get too warm. Also, make sure you wear warm winter boots (waterproof is a plus) and if you’re planning on doing a lot of uphill climbing with your snowshoes, you might want to get some hiking poles as well. It will make everything a lot easier and more fun!
After our adventurous afternoon we nipped in at the restaurant down the hill, at start of the slopes, and tucked into a well deserved and delicious pizzoccheri, which are short tagliatelle classically prepared in Valtellina and cooked along with cheese, greens cabbage, and cubed potatoes, and salamella with taragna, a kind of sausage with polenta taragna, a mixture of cornmeal and buckwheat flour, typical to the Valtellina in Lombardia!