Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

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The hiking paradise of Sölden also has a marvelous winter season: 49.5 km of cleared, signposted winter hiking trails take walkers straight through snow-covered forests, white meadows and along Ötztaler Ache mountain brook. Adventure-seeking vacationers grab their snowshoes and listen to the crunching snow under their feet while lively Sölden disappears in the background. Trudging  through the untouched white either on your own or accompanied by a local guide you will take new insights on the way to rustic mountain huts.

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Windachtal Trail (6000)

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Running parallel to the old Windach road, accessible via Route 651 Kleble Alm. The red Windach Alm Trail travels through picture-book Windachtal valley. There are no mountain lifts so you reach the trail only by using your own muscle power.

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1 km
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174 m

A quite easy and very flowing trail that travels above and almost parallel to the old Windach Forest Trail. This route is much broader than other passages, and features grippy pebble stones or sandy forest soil also rideable in wet weather. Caution at the gate in the first quarter: be careful when opening it as the slope is steeply inclining on the left side. Later the trail crosses the old Windach Forest Trail twice. Please pay special attention to walkers and hikers.

Author’s recommendation

You can perfectly combine the Waindach Trail with other routes in Sölden's Silent Part: for example, the Lochle Alm Trail (6014) or the black and very challenging Jägers Notweg Trail (673). Jägers Notweg is reserved to very skilled bikers!

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Bergbahnen Sölden, Mag. Jakob Falkner

Updated: 2018-07-30

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medium
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Altitude
1757 m
1583 m
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Safety information

This one is a Shared Trail highly frequented by walkers and hikers.

The trail crisscrosses the Forest Road several times.

Equipment

Appropriate Equipment Rules! We strongly recommend to wear protective bike gear (knee and elbow pads, helmet, back protector, ...) on all lines, trails, enduro tracks and mountain bike routes within the BIKE REPUBLIC SÖLDEN. Enter the Republic only with a bike that meets current quality standards.

Tips, hints and links

More details about biking & cycling in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/biken 

Start

Sölden - Windachtal (1756 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.960756 N 11.035414 E
UTM
32T 654854 5202813

Destination

Sölden

Turn-by-turn directions

A quite easy and very flowing trail that travels above and almost parallel to the old Windach Forest Trail. This route is much broader than other passages, and features grippy pebble stones or sandy forest soil also rideable in wet weather. Caution at the gate in the first quarter: be careful when opening it as the slope is steeply inclining on the left side. Later the trail crosses the old Windach Forest Trail twice. Please pay special attention to walkers and hikers.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Arriving by Train

Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. The public bus lines to all holiday resorts in the valley (direction Obergurgl) leave directly in front of the train station. The bus ride to Sölden takes about 1 – 1.5 hours.

All important details on bus timetables, direct connections and taxi services are available here.

Getting there

WHERE IS SÖLDEN?

Sölden is located in the West of Austria, more exactly in the Province of TIROL. It nestles amidst the ÖTZTAL Valley, a south-facing side valley of the Inntal.

Best travel route from the West:

From Vorarlberg to Tirol via Arlberg Pass or through Arlberg Tunnel (S 16 Federal Road) - direction Landeck - change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel - on B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the North:

- Bad Tölz - Achen Pass - B 181 Federal Road - Jenbach - A 12 Autobahn towards Innsbruck (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Pfronten - Reutte - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) - exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Ehrwald - Lermoos - Fernpass - Imst - A 12 Autobahn (direction Innsbruck) – exit: Ötztal after driving through Roppener Tunnel or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

- Garmisch Partenkirchen - Mittenwald - Scharnitz - Seefeld - Telfs - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) - exit: Ötztal or on B 171 Federal Road to Ötztal (no Vignette toll-sticker required!) - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the East:

Munich or Salzburg - A 93 Autobahn to Kufstein - A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) via Innsbruck – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

From the South:

From Bozen/Bolzano towards Brenner Pass (toll road) – on Brenner Autobahn via Schönberg toll station (direction Innsbruck) to Innsbruck - then change to A 12 Autobahn (direction Bregenz) – exit: Ötztal - B 186 Federal Road (35 km) to Sölden

Parking

There are ample parking areas and covered parking garages at the base stations of Gaislachkogl and Giggijoch Mountain Gondolas. Parking is free of charge between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm!

Night-time parking of motor cars is subject to a charge and allowed only in the parking garage next to Gaislachkogl Mountain Gondola:

More details on night-time parking

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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