Pfaffen East 3.0

Hochfügen

Beautiful route with a long descent and a breathtaking panorama

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
4.7 km
Ascent
47 m
Descent
856 m
Low Point
1.5 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
40˚
Pfaffen East 3.0 Map

On a nice powder day in winter this is THE run you want to do here in Hochfügen, you get a 1000 metre descent with small effort, in a wide area with nothing more than mountains and snow.You access the route with the 8er jet gondola and the 2000er chairlift. At the exit of the chairlift you have to ski in direction of the mountain in front of you. Traverse skiers right, immediately at the avalanche barriers, from here you can see the north face you need to cross, until you reach the ridge you see from the lift top station. Here there are normally are tracks but if not, try to do one more run here in the area of the 2000er, because breaking trail through the fresh powder is really exhausting and time consuming. You need to traverse for 400 metres and always try to stay as high as possible. It may takes 10 to 15 minutes, because there are some passages you need to keep your speed and some flat parts, but it's really worth the effort. Space out while crossing, because avalanche danger could be high in this area. After you've reached the ridge, first of all take a minute and enjoy the breathtaking panorama. NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF THIS SENTENCE- From here you need to follow the ridge for about 400 metres again until you reach a cove of the ridge and it's increasing again. Here you have a good view down the slope, with about 30° steepness. You can follow the slope for about 350 metres and afterwards it's possible to ski more on the left side, where some obstacles and also some steeper parts appear. Here you have all possibilities, small cliffs or wide slopes for big turns and always with a great view. You will see down to the mountain huts, it's better to stay on the left of the huts and immediately get back on the track, try to follow it, keeping some speed, so you don't need to pole through the flat parts. After a first long section, the next mountain huts appear. Stay on the track until you are back at the parking space next to the 8er jet. This route takes a lot of time, but it's truly worth it on a beautiful powder day. Good weather and good snow conditions are required! In spring you can do this route on warm days before lunch and you'll have some fun. If there is some fresh snow in Spring this is only a good route in the morning, the later it gets the stickier is the snow.

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

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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