Guidebook

The Ultimate Tirolian Ski Touring Ticklist

From steep couloirs to mellow trees runs - these 25 adventures showcase what ski touring in Tirol is all about!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

With no 4000 metre peaks and countless small ski areas but no 3 Vallees-style monster resorts, Tirol doesn't quite get the recognition it deserves as a destination for adventurous skiers. That's bad news for the local hotels and restaurants, but it's fabulous for the tourers who do visit and don't have to share the mountains with too many other skiers!

The so-called "big 3" of Tirolian ski touring are a trio of legendary hut to hut trips, in the Stubai (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/37/big-mountains-big-views:-the-stubai-alps-ski-traverse), Ötztal (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/38/climb-tirol's-highest-peak-on-the-otztal-ski-traverse) and Silvretta (https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/36/bagging-big-peaks-on-the-silvretta-traverse) ranges, but there are literally thousands of day tours to be enjoyed all over the region. 23 of the tours listed here are single day adventures, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the legendary Tirolian cuisine every evening. It's hearty stuff but by doing these tours you'll have earned the vast number of calories you'll consume in the average Austrian restaurant...just!

The only multi day trip in here is a 2 day crossing of the truly wild Karwendel National Park - a trip which should be high on any adventurous skier's to-do list. The Karwendel is said to be the largest area of the Alps which is not inhabited year round and the only way to cross it in winter is to tour on day 1 to an unmanned hut and then over the highest peak in the range on day 2. It might just be the biggest non-glaciated ski adventure in the Alps, but don't take our word for it - go and check it out for yourself!

So if you've got a free winter and want to "tick" the Tirol then get your skis waxed and get started!

Thaneller North Face
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Thaneller North Face

5 - 6 hrs
8.5 km
1,291 m
1,291 m
48 °
A fantastic route to an amazing summit with a bit of everything; a bowl, couloir, face and even some trees.
Severe
Private
Nockspitze North-east Face
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Nockspitze North-east Face

Axamer Lizum
1 - 2 hrs
3.0 km
444 m
689 m
44 °
An exciting ski line which is visible from virtually all of Innsbruck city centre.
Severe
Private
Rohnenspitze Ski-Tour
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Rohnenspitze Ski-Tour

3 - 4 hrs
6.3 km
913 m
913 m
40 °
The spectacular Rohnenspitze (1990m) ski-tour from Zöblen
Moderate
Private
Geier Runde Wattental
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Geier Runde Wattental

1 day +
21.6 km
1,857 m
1,857 m
29 °
An incredible, long circuit around some of the Tirol's most wild peaks.
Moderate
Private
Stempeljoch
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Stempeljoch

Innsbruck
6 - 7 hrs
14.3 km
977 m
2,473 m
49 °
A truly wild tour through a series of stunning valleys.
Difficult
Private
Kuhlochscharte
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Kuhlochscharte

Seefeld - Rosshütte
5 - 6 hrs
13.3 km
1,053 m
2,080 m
47 °
An exciting and varied tour from the Seefeld lift system
Severe
Private
From Praxmar to Zischgeles (3003m)
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From Praxmar to Zischgeles (3003m)

5 - 6 hrs
9.6 km
1,317 m
1,317 m
42 °
A very popular ski tour to the summit of a relatively easy 3000er.
Moderate
Private
Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 1 - Hafelekar to the Hallerangerhaus
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Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 1 - Hafelekar to the Hallerangerhaus

Innsbruck
6 - 7 hrs
12.0 km
1,418 m
1,942 m
49 °
The first half of a magnificent 2 day ski journey
Severe
Private
Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 2 - Hallerangerhaus to Hinterriß via the Birkkarspitze
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Karwendel Ski Traverse Day 2 - Hallerangerhaus to Hinterriß via the Birkkarspitze

1 day +
30.4 km
1,803 m
2,636 m
35 °
Crossing the Karwendel via its highest peak, this is an epic ski touring adventure by any standards.
Severe
Private
Gaishorn ski-tour
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Gaishorn ski-tour

5 - 6 hrs
11.5 km
1,189 m
1,189 m
43 °
A classic ski-tour up to the impressive Gaishorn summit (2247m).
Moderate
Private
Gaiskogel North Couloir
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Gaiskogel North Couloir

2 - 3 hrs
4.3 km
419 m
1,109 m
46 °
A fun little mini adventure which feels remote despite its proximity to civilisation.
Severe
Private
Pockkogel
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Pockkogel

3 - 4 hrs
7.6 km
563 m
1,257 m
43 °
Lift access helps to make this a short tour with big rewards
Difficult
Private
Roßkogel Nordrinne
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Roßkogel Nordrinne

Rangger Köpfl
4 - 5 hrs
9.5 km
772 m
1,351 m
47 °
A classic steep couloir which has the added draw of being visible from Innsbruck city centre!
Severe
Private
Zuckerhütl
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Zuckerhütl

Stubaier Gletscher
4 - 5 hrs
8.2 km
920 m
920 m
41 °
A wonderful, varied and scenic tour to the highest peak in the Stubai range.
Difficult
Private
Kalkogel Loop
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Kalkogel Loop

Axamer Lizum
1 day +
18.6 km
1,434 m
2,749 m
34 °
An awe inspiring journey around the Kalkogel range, home to some of Tirol's most dramatic peaks.
Difficult
Private
Serles North Couloir
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Serles North Couloir

4 - 5 hrs
6.9 km
1,040 m
1,040 m
47 °
An aesthetic, atmospheric and exciting line off Innsbruck's most famous peak.
Severe
Private
Serles
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Serles

4 - 5 hrs
7.0 km
1,130 m
1,130 m
46 °
An exciting and varied route up the peak which dominates the Innsbruck skyline.
Severe
Private
Habicht
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Habicht

7 - 8 hrs
12.2 km
1,974 m
1,974 m
46 °
A long tour which takes you onto one of the Tirol's most famous peaks.
Difficult
Private
Schafseintenspitze North Face
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Schafseintenspitze North Face

5 - 6 hrs
9.7 km
1,255 m
1,255 m
39 °
A stunning tour and a fabulous ski descent through some of the finest terrain in Tirol.
Severe
Private
Naviser Kreuzjöchl
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Naviser Kreuzjöchl

6 - 7 hrs
12.3 km
1,221 m
1,221 m
37 °
The classic of classics in the Navis valley!
Difficult
Private
Arzler Scharte
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Arzler Scharte

Innsbruck
3 - 4 hrs
8.2 km
574 m
1,984 m
45 °
A trip into the wild and untamed Karwendel range - the largest uninhabited area in the Alps - followed by an exciting ski back to the Inn Valley.
Difficult
Private
Kraspessspitze
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Kraspessspitze

5 - 6 hrs
12.0 km
982 m
1,673 m
46 °
A roundtrip from a great ski area to a great mountain hut!
Difficult
Private
Rietzer Grieskogel
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Rietzer Grieskogel

4 - 5 hrs
8.8 km
1,000 m
1,000 m
44 °
A wild peak in a stunning position.
Moderate
Private
Glungezer Summit
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Glungezer Summit

Glungezer
2 - 3 hrs
3.5 km
464 m
464 m
40 °
A fun tour to a mountain hut and a spectacular view.
Moderate
Private
Reither Spitze West Rinne
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Reither Spitze West Rinne

Seefeld - Rosshütte
2 - 3 hrs
5.2 km
606 m
1,314 m
44 °
A serious but fun and varied half day journey through the Seefeld mountains.
Severe
Private