Snowshoeing Tour 1: Fähnerenspitz, Appenzell

Well, it is almost midweek before I finally got around to writing this post. But here I am. Sunday, Yves and I made the most of the beautiful weather and went for our first snowshoeing tour of the season (together). After spending way too much time digging out my gear from storage, we had a late start.

For my first tour of the season, Yves decided that yeah 360 meters up a 25 degree slope would be no problem for me! Lucky me, huh? Anyway it wasn’t so bad, just typically steep for canton Appenzell.

Our start at Restaurant Eggli. View of Altmann, Ebenalp and the Säntis.
Our start at Restaurant Eggli. View of Altmann, Ebenalp and the Säntis.
Yves  with the Altmann as a gorgeous backdrop.
Yves with the Altmann as a gorgeous backdrop.
The king of the Alpstein mountain range the "Säntis" with "Ebenalp" below.
The king of the Alpstein mountain range the “Säntis” with “Ebenalp” below.

The official hike is   ca. 5.3km: Eggli – Fähnerenspitz – Gross Sütteren – Guggeier – Fähneren Weidli – Eggli. Yves’ report on hikr.org is a lot more detailed.

The only reason I agreed to go snowshoeing in the steep hills of Appenzell was that Yves promised a beautiful view, at the top; and I wasn’t disappointed. On Fähnerenspitz summit, you could see the end of Lake Constance, as well as a clear view of the snowy Swiss Alps to our West and the Austrian Alps to our East, not to mention the very green Rhein Valley at our feet.

"Fähnerenspitz" Summit
“Fähnerenspitz” Summit

My favorite part was coming down through the woods though and getting to dive into the soft fresh snow with my shoes.

A farmers summer residence, all locked up tight for the winter.
A farmers summer residence, all locked up tight for the winter.
Blue Alpine skies
Blue Alpine skies
Bench
Bench
Another Alpine hut.
Another Alpine hut.
Soaking up some rays.
Soaking up some rays.

Well that’s all for this post, wishing you sweet  snowy dreams!!

Jodie

4 thoughts on “Snowshoeing Tour 1: Fähnerenspitz, Appenzell

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  1. I’m so jealous! This is such a beautiful walk! Wow, what an amazing place you live in! It so beautiful there. I’m so grateful for the time I got to visit. I regret not coming over more often, if only I knew then what I know now!

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    1. And what do you know now? That’s what I want to know!? I mean I think if you came with Alex you would have a lot more fun than by yourself. Or even with your parents? Anything but alone.

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  2. I know that I would have come as often as I could! Loved talking to you the other day, can’t wait to see more of your stuff and I absolutely loved Stephies quilt. It was so beautiful and she wouldn’t let go of it! She felt so special!

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    1. Oh thanks for the update on Stephie’s Quilt!! I was so pleased her reaction. And you can still come! Just save. Hopefully we are getting snow for tomorrow’s snow shoeing tour! Hope you guys had a great holiday and remember you can skype me.
      Love you,
      Jodie

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