Stubai Ski Tour: Kraulscharte 3069m

A highpoint before descent from the Franz Senn Hut to the valley

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
9.9 km
Ascent
1 km
Descent
1.4 km
Duration
5-6 hrs
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
3.1 km
Gradient
44˚
Stubai Ski Tour: Kraulscharte 3069m Map

Our highpoint for today is Kraulscharte, a col at 3069m. You can either go with a daypack and return to the hut, or take all your stuff and do a steeper N facing descent direct to the valley.

Description

From the hut initially there are 2 possible routes. The most direct, not marked here, but visible on the local map, is SSW from the hut, taking the line of the summer footpath. This is shorter in distance, but steeper for longer, so less suitable in icy conditions or for those wanting a mellow start to the day. It can also be taken in descent if you are returning to the hut. The mellow alternative that is marked is to follow the main valley floor to the SSE, the SW, taking the long, easy slopes that lead up to a number of saddles on the ridge, one of which is known as the Kraulscharte. There is another col, a little higher up the glacier to the R, around a rocky spur, that is marked at 3142m.

From here, if you are not reversing your ascent route to the hut, you can descend, slightly further skier’s R, looking for a frozen lake at 2430m, on your R. A little way past this, at about 2410m, you will need to bootpack up a short steep mixed section to the ridge above, at about 2460m. On the far side head down to the N, negotiating a short steep section near the top, then roughly following again N, until you can take the approximate line of the streambed, passing to the L of some cliffs at about 2100m, which are to the skier’s R of the streambed. From here steeper wooded terrain takes you down to the main valley floor, and over the river to the parking, at Oberberg, at 1740m.

Alternatively, if you have chosen to return to the hut the descent takes the main route following the summer footpath, on a steepish L-wards traverse lower down.

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

March, April

Features

  • Alpine
  • Single Descent
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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