Tips on how to behave when winter hiking

Safe winter hiking in the Lenzerheide holiday region

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General tips for behaviour

So that the wonders of nature continue to be preserved - and you are safe on the trails.

Tips on how to behave when winter hiking

  • Compulsory leash for dogs
    Please note that dogs must be kept on a leash in the Vaz/Obervaz municipal area. This applies to residential areas, wildlife rest areas, playgrounds and the entire Heidsee area. Failure to comply with the leash requirement will result in a fine of CHF 100.00.
  • Respect animals and their environment
    You will often see wild animals on your walks. Enjoy the sight of these animals in their familiar surroundings.
  • Do not litter
    Please take litter and leftovers from picnics home with you.
  • Do not leave the officially marked winter footpaths 
  • Do not use closed paths
  • Leave hiking trail markings
Wolf im Winter | © Marcel Langthim from Pixabay

Contact with Wolves – How not to take a risk

The wolf population in Switzerland is growing continuously. Basically, wolves are not dangerous for you. Direct encounters with wolves are rare. Nevertheless, you should follow important tips on how to behave.

  • Stay on trails and places and respect wildlife habitats.
  • Do not dispose of food scraps in the forest, even if the amount is small. As a general rule, wolves should not learn that humans provide food.
  • Always keep your dog under control.
  • Stand still. If the wolf notices that you have spotted it, it will usually retreat.
  • If the wolf does not flee immediately, draw attention to yourself with a certain voice.
  • Retreat slowly, the wolf will watch you or flee directly.
  • Under no circumstances try to approach the wolf - not even for photos.
  • Never chase a wolf!
  • Never feed a wolf!
  • If you find a torn wild animal, please report it to the gamekeeper Marcel Höltschi. P +41 79 405 98 85.
  • Immediately report any wolf sightings to the game warden Marcel Höltschi. P+41 79 405 98 85.
  • Report any conflicts or damage.