Karrine

Innsbruck

Nordkette

A true classic of Innsbruck and a good introduction to steeper freeride lines.

Freeride Skiing Severe

Distance
1.1 km
Ascent
25 m
Descent
395 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
40˚
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Description

A brilliant steep freeride couloir with some great rip-able terrain below.

From the Hafelekar cable car station, at the top of the Nordkette ski area, hike west along a signposted path for 10 minutes to reach a col overlooking a stone hut. Put skis on here and zip across the shallow bowl immediately north of the hut to reach the wide col at the top of this line. Drop into the line, which is 40 degrees and 10 metres wide at the top and gradually opens into a wide, fun slope below. Rip down this, making sure you always drift right in order to reach the Übungshang piste. If you ski straight down towards the Seegrubbe lift station (instead of drifting right to the piste) you will end up in the big dip to the north of the Seegrubbe and will have to hike out. It's only a 3 minute hike but it will reduce your "cool points" with the tourists who watch people ski this line!

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

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

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Couloir
  • Walk Required

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