Gilfert Southeast Ridge

Hochfügen

Amazing route near the Metzen east face, hike required.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
2.5 km
Ascent
134 m
Descent
442 m
Low Point
2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
41˚
VIEW ON MAP
Gilfert Southeast Ridge Map

Description

This is a really beautiful route, requiring a hike, but it's worth the effort. You reach the face using the 8er Jet and the 2000er chairlift. After exiting the lift to the left on top follow the ridge to the north until you can have a look at the hill opposite. Here is a good place to stop before gaining speed to ski up the Metzen as far as possible. When you stop you need to hike the next part up the hill for about 400 metres. When you reach the top of the hill at 2300m first of all take a deep breath and enjoy the wonderful panorama. Follow the ridge to the north for about 700m, then stop on the top of the second ridge on the right (east) side, where you have a good look down to the ski resort and the hill you're going to ski now. You will find the best powder when you follow the ridge on the right hand side. After 200m rocks will appear on the left, maybe you'll find one you can jump over here. Afterwards the hill gets really wide, perfect for long turns. Try to gain some speed before reaching the bottom, otherwise you don't have enough speed for reaching the chairlift again. For this run avalanche danger should be low and weather should be really good, otherwise it would be easy to get disorientated.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area