6 - 7
FATMAP difficulty grade
Ruderhofspitze - with its altitude of 3473 - is one of the highest summits in the whole Stubaier Alps area.
While on the north side it faces the Alpeiner Ferner glacier, towards the south it faces the lower part of Stubaier Gletscher ski resort - and that’s exactly where this route starts from, at the parking lot of the ski area.
Even though the whole route is south facing, be prepared with some warm clothes - especially when you are planning an early start: down in the valley the sun comes pretty late and the altitude definitely creates chilly air, while the upper section of the tour can be exposed to moderate winds. The climb is always relatively mellow, and goes through some tiny bushes at the beginning before leading to a wide open face until a more technical section where probably stepping out of the skis and climbing over a small boulder section will be required, according to the snow depth and season of the year.
Even if this is not a technical skit tour, always check the avalanche report before hitting this tour - the exposure of this big face is often a critical aspect to take into account for your decision making process. Once you've reached the top the view is breathtaking: from this high peak you have a wide overview of all the mountain chains within a really wide range - all the way down south to the Dolomites. The descent follows exactly the same slope as the ascent and the sun rays will hit your face while you are shredding long turns from one side to the other of the face - different natural features make this ride real rollercoaster for those who want to play a bit more with their planks.