Gilfert Southeast Face

Hochfügen

A long hike is rewarded with a long, beautiful descent.

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
6 km
Ascent
522 m
Descent
948 m
Duration
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.5 km
Gradient
47˚
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Gilfert Southeast Face Map

Description

This route requires a long hike up to the top of the Gilfert so ski mountaineering equipment is needed, because you need to hike up the mountain for about 2 kilometers and 400 height metres height gain. Take the 8er Jet to the top and exit it to the right, in direction of the 2000er chairlift. Go past the lift, until the piste makes a sharp turn to the right, then go ahead in a northerly direction until you need to put your skins on. Follow this wide hill, which is formed like a small valley for about 600 metres. Here you need to turn to the left (west) and walk up to the ridge for 300 metres. When you have reached the ridge follow it in a northerly direction, until you reach the top of Gilfert, after 1 kilometer and 200 height meters. When you have reached the top you can have a look where you will start the long descent. On the right side, where the hill is turned more to the east, there is the flattest and also safest part for the descent. The first part of the descent is 700 metres long, here you can find some kind of small cliffs, which are really fun. After the first slope a flat part appears, here it's useful to regroup. Afterwards the slope gets really wide and steep again and on the left side you'll find some small alpine cabins. Here you can take the ski track back into the ski resort, because in spring avalanche danger is really high in this part. When the safety allows it, you can also ski down the hill until you reach the valley. You will end up at the T-bar lift (and the blue piste, number 13). This route requires a long ascent, but it's worth the effort, because normally you will be nearly the only one who is skiing down this part of Gilfert. Check avalanche safety before and only go there when the weather allows it.

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

3 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

January, February, March

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins