Snowshoe hiking is a classic in this area. What makes Oasi Zegna particularly suited to this activity? “It’s ideal because it has itineraries that are already consolidated, nothing very steep, and well signposted. The routes are suitable for everyone and are used in summer for walking.”
Your favorite? “The one to Artignaga, an alpine grazing ground. It’s only a 90 minute walk to this tiny village of old stone dwellings that used to have bracken roofs. They’ve all been been renovated now but there’s still a very special atmosphere.”
Snowshoe hiking must be a sort of “slow philosophy”... “You have all the time in the world to stop and study the details. Embrace the landscape, become a part of it. You perceive its climate, colors, fragrances. If you’re lucky, you’ll come across deer and roe deer.”
Do you often see the fauna in Oasi Zegna? “Not infrequently: you only have to move a little away from the ski facilities and you’re in the heart of Valsessera, a very special place, wilder, with only a few unsurfaced roads and one or two grazing grounds. It’s very close to the concept of uncontaminated nature.”
Tips on dress?
“The classic onion method. It’s also a good idea to wear waterproof overpants, underwear for mountain sports and trekking boots. Trainers are off limits. You can rent snowshoes on the spot.”
And on behavior up there?
“Above all, it’s important to keep to the paths and not stray onto the downhill ski slopes or cross-country ski trails, where you’d be risking your safety. In general, I’d also say that if you go without a guide, it’s always best to check up on weather conditions and routes before you set out. You have to be cautious in the mountains, and if you’re in doubt, you should always consults the experts.”
25 January; 2, 8, 16 February; 1 and 7 March. The hikes start at 10.30 from Piazzale 2, Bielmonte (meet up at 10.00).
Where to book
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A guided hike lasts around 2 hours. Rates for medium difficulty trails (3.5 kilometers) including the uphill section to the panoramic Rifugio Monte Marca: 12 euros for adults, 8 euros for kids of 8 to 16. Snowshoes can be rented on the spot: 5 euros for a half day, 7 euros for a full day.