Ski tours in East Tyrol

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Ski touring: Off-piste winter sport in East Tyrol

In East Tyrol. You can look forward to ski tours in the Hohe Tauern National Park, in the Lienz Dolomites, in the Defereggen Valley and in the High Puster Valley. A MUST for everyone who loves to be the first leaving tracks in the snow is the Villgratental Valley. This is East Tyrol’s only valley that has never seen a ski lift. If you like to push your limits, then you should explore the Hoch Tirol ski route. The route takes six days and leads you past some of the most beautiful peaks of the Eastern Alps, including the Grossglockner (3,798 metres) and the Großvenediger (3,666 metres). In the East Tyrol region, even novices find beginners‘ tours leading uphill to almost 3,000 metres above sea level. If you like physical activity but would also like to learn something new and meet like-minded people, then you should come to the annual Ski Touring Festival in the Villgratental Valley.

Highlights of the touring ski region

  • Ski touring in the Villgratental Valley
  • Hoch Tirol ski route (high mountain crossing)
  • Austria Ski Touring Festival

Ski touring in the Hohe Tauern National Park

Figerhorn (2,743 m)

Clear slopes and an incredible view of the mountain Großglockner and many other 3.000-metre summits make this ski tour a winter dream.

  • Starting point: Kals Großglockner Road (1,870 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 900 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 2.5 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Hochgasser (2,922 m)

Due to its moderately steep slopes, this high alpine ski tour can be made also in the middle of winter.

  • Starting point: Felbertauern/southern portal (1,620 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,300 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Weißspitze (3,300 m)

The ski tour up to the mountain Weißspitze is said to be one of the most beautiful in the Virgental Valley. The great view of the mountain Großvenediger and the Venediger Group will surely leave you speechless.

  • Starting point: Wallhorn car park (1,400 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,900 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 6 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Berger Kogel (2,656 m)

The skitour up to the peak of Berger Kogel, which is part of the Lasörling Group, is considered to be a true pleasure tour in the Virgental Valley. A breath-taking high alpine landscape, fascinating deep-snow slopes and shady couloirs make for a unique winter sports experience.

  • Starting point: March car park, Virgen (1,350 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,300 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Ski touring in the Lienz Dolomites

Auerling (2,045 m)

The Auerling, a mountain ridge that is located in front of the Laserzwand, is a really worthwhile goal for a ski tour.

  • Starting point: Tristach/Kreithof (1,050 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,000 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 3 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Hochstein via Russenweg

The Russenweg is one of the options apart from the piste that leads you up to the mountain Hochstein, which is a very popular goal for ski tourers in the vicinity of the town Lienz.

  • Starting point: Lienz/Hochstein lifts
  • Height difference: 1,350 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Strasskopf (2,401 m)

The ski tour up to this beautiful panoramic mountain in the anterior area of the Schober Group offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.

  • Starting point: Iselsberg/Penzelberg (1,325 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,100 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 3.5 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Karlsbaderhütte - Ödkarscharte

The ski tour through this cirque between Teplitzerspitze and Seekofel breaks through the rugged rocky setting of the Lienz Dolomites.

  • Starting point: Tristach/Kreithof (1,050 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,500 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4.5 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Ski touring in the Defereggen Valley

Innerrodelkunke (2,729 m)

This pleasure ski tour leads from Staller Saddle up to the peak at the Austrian-Italian border.

  • Starting point: Staller Saddle (2,000 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 750 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 2.5 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Langschneid (2,116 m)

The Langschneid is one of the local mountains of St. Jakob. With its stretched mountain flanks, it clearly dominates the Defereggen Valley. Located at the shady side, this ski tour guarantees some nice powder runs in mid-winter.

  • Starting point: St. Jakob i. Def./Brunnalm lifts (1,420 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,300 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Mullitz Kopf (2,736 m)

During a ski tour up to Mullitz Kopf you move in the sun from dawn till dusk. In spring, conditions are great for some runs through firn snow.

  • Starting point: St. Veit i. Def./Oberholz (1,660 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,080 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 3 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Ski touring in the Hochpustertal

Dorfberg - Golzentipp (2,317 m)

Starting from the Kartitscher Saddle, the two ski touring goals Dorfberg and Golzentipp (2,317 m) can be combined with an easy but promising crossing of a mountain ridge. The piste to Obertilliach offers a perfect downhill run and the possibility to stop at the hut Conny Alm.

  • Starting point: Kartitsch Saddle (1,520 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,000 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: easy

Großes Degenhorn (2,946 m)

This high alpine ski tour takes you up to 3,000 metres above sea level and offers a breath-taking panoramic view to all directions.

  • Starting point: Innervillgraten/Unterstaller Alm (1,680 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,270 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate

Hochgrabe (2,951 m)

The ski tour up to the mountain Hochgrabe is reserved for experienced ski tourers. Efforts are rewarded with stunning panorama and a rapid descent.

  • Starting point: Außervillgraten/Niederbruggeralm (1,650 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 1,350 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 4 h
  • Difficulty: difficult

Marchkinkele (2,545 m)

The tour up to the mountain Marchkinkele is a very popular destination of ski tourers. It requires experience in assessing the avalanche danger though. Here, at the northern side, powder lasts longer than usual.

  • Starting point: Innervillgraten, Kalkstein (1,680 m a.s.l.)
  • Height difference: 900 metres in altitude
  • Walking time: 3 h
  • Difficulty: intermediate
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