Plateau Hike

Axamer Lizum

The access hike for over a dozen freeride lines and ski tours.

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
550 m
Ascent
110 m
Descent
2 m
Low Point
2.3 km
High Point
2.4 km
Gradient
32˚
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Description

From the Hoadlhaus restaurant (2340 metres), ski south down the Olympia Abfahrt Damen piste for 1 minute to reach the HoadlSattel col (2264 metres), where the piste bends sharply to the left.

At the Hoadlsattel, take your skis off, put them on your rucksack (there's a short and easy rocky scramble on the bootpack so carrying skis on your shoulder isn't advised - you'll need your hands free) and start hiking southwards along the snowy ridge that is straight ahead.

Hike for 10 minutes on the low angled ridge crest and then, when you reach a steeper, rockier section, drift right and climb up through a 10 metre rock band via a short little gully.

This is easy enough but can feel a bit exposed in icy conditions and you'll be glad of having strapped your skis to your rucksack so that you have your hands free.

If the rock step looks too icy and difficult, it's also possible to traverse around it to the right (west) and then climb back up onto the ridge crest on the far side of it.

Whether you go through or around the rock band, both options lead to a 10 metre wide col.

Rinne 2 drops in from here.

For Rinne 1 and Dogleg, carry on hiking south up a 20 metre slope to reach a large, flat plateau with stunning views of the Kalkogel peaks.

Walk out into the middle of this then go due north for 50 metres to reach the northern edge of the plateau.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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, April, December

Features

  • Walk Required

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