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On a nice powder day in winter this is THE run you want to do here in Hochfügen, you get a 1000 metre descent with small effort, in a wide area with nothing more than mountains and snow.You access the route with the 8er jet gondola and the 2000er chairlift.
At the exit of the chairlift you have to ski in direction of the mountain in front of you.
Traverse skiers right, immediately at the avalanche barriers, from here you can see the north face you need to cross, until you reach the ridge you see from the lift top station.
Here there are normally are tracks but if not, try to do one more run here in the area of the 2000er, because breaking trail through the fresh powder is really exhausting and time consuming.
You need to traverse for 400 metres and always try to stay as high as possible.
It may takes 10 to 15 minutes, because there are some passages you need to keep your speed and some flat parts, but it's really worth the effort.
Space out while crossing, because avalanche danger could be high in this area.
After you've reached the ridge, first of all take a minute and enjoy the breathtaking panorama.
When you start your descent go skiers right first and don't ski down to the steep parts in front of you, because there could be high and big cliffs.
Go right until you reach a small bowl directly under the top of the Pfaffenbühel, after you've been here you can follow the terrain, there aren't any big or dangerous obstacles and the hill is that wide, you'll find the space for your own line in the fresh snow.
From here you have also a nice view down to the mountain huts, it's a good spot for orientation, stay in this direction.
When you are at the huts there is a track appears at the bottom of the valley, try to follow it keeping your speed, so you don't need to pole through the flat parts.
After a first long section, the next mountain huts appear, you may know it already from other routes.
Stay on the track until you are back at the parking space next to the 8er jet.
This route takes a lot of time, put it's truly worth the price on a beautiful powder day.
Good weather and good snow conditions are required! In spring you can do this route on warm days before lunch and you'll have some spring snow as it softens in the morning sun.If there is some fresh snow in the spring this is only a good route in the morning, the later it get's, the stickier is the snow and the higher the avalanche risk.