Guidebook

High, Wild and Beautiful: Ski the Legendary Nordkette.

Surely one of the finest places to ski in the whole of the Alps, Nordkette provides famously exciting skiing which needs perfect timing in order to be safe.

Description

With an abundance of 35 - 40 degree, south facing terrain, Nordkette is a truly epic but undeniably serious place to ski. When conditions are good and safe, there can't be many better places to ski in the World. When conditions aren't right, things can get scary quickly! As such, consider these lines as rare treats rather your go-to routes.

The Nordkette is best known for it's huge, south facing freeride lines and the most classic routes of all are described in this guidebook. What is less well known about the area is that it provides access to some wild and remote ski tours in the Karwendel mountains - the largest uninhabited area in the Alps. 2 of these tours are listed in this guidebook and there's plenty more to go at once you've done them both.

For a sample of what is offer at Nordkette, look no further!

Höttinger Alm extension
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Höttinger Alm extension

Innsbruck
742 m
31 °
56 m
4.0 km
A great extension which is possible only in the snowiest of conditions.
Difficult
Private
Hottinger Alm
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Hottinger Alm

Nordkette
532 m
36 °
11 m
1.7 km
A brilliant journey into some amazing tree skiing and big terrain.
Difficult
Private
Karrine
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Karrine

Innsbruck
395 m
40 °
25 m
1.1 km
A true classic of Innsbruck and a good introduction to steeper freeride lines.
Severe
Private
Tobel Trees
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Tobel Trees

Nordkette
749 m
42 °
5 m
1.9 km
A fun adventure with a bit of everything from open slopes to tight trees.
Difficult
Private
Seilbahnrinne Hafelekar
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Seilbahnrinne Hafelekar

Innsbruck
397 m
43 °
0 m
0.7 km
A steep and incredibly well positioned line perched high above Innsbruck city.
Severe
Private
Ostrinne
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Ostrinne

Innsbruck
609 m
42 °
0 m
1.2 km
A good place to start at Nordkette, this line is easier than its neighbours but still shouldn't be underestimated.
Difficult
Private
Arzler Scharte
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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
Stempeljoch
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

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