winter wiesen bei moseralm dahinter rosengarten
winter wiesen bei moseralm dahinter rosengarten

Snowshoe hike to the Emperor Stone

This easy snowshoe hike takes us through the forests below the Catinaccio Massif, more precisely from Nova Levante via the Moser Mountain Hut to the Emperor Stone on the Passo Nigra road.

This short snowshoe hike starts at the Hotel Adler above the village of Nova Levante (Welschnofen), located right before the bend of the Passo di Costalunga (Karerpass) road. The path no. 9 leads us through a little valley to the Hotel Moseralm, situated on the eponymous mountain pasture - on the first section it proceeds steeply uphill, than it gets flatter and becomes more pleasant. At this point the ski runs of the well-known Carezza skiing area meet.

We continue our snowshoe hike uphill through the forest, the trail no. 9 snakes its way to the Passo Nigra road. Above our heads the impressive peaks of the Catinaccio Massif tower into the sky. At the bus stop the path to the Emperor Stone (Kaiserstein or Sasso dell'Imperatore, 5 minutes away) and the Masaré Mountain Hut branches off. The big stone below Mt. Roda di Vaèl was one of the favourite places of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

The trail leads further on to the Masaré Mountain Hut, overcoming additional 100 metres of altitude difference and requiring further 25 minutes of walking time.

Author: AT

If you want to do this snowshoe hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Nova Levante, Passo di Costalunga road (at the Hotel Adler)
Signpost: no. 9
Distance: approx. 3.2 km (each way) resp. 4 km (Masaré Mountain Hut)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (ascent), 1 hour (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 450 m (Emperor Stone) resp. 540 m (Masaré Mountain Hut)
Altitude level: between 1,380 and 1,830 m a.s.l. (resp. 1,920 m a.s.l., Masaré Mountain Hut)
Experienced in: January 2018

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