Snowshoe hiking & winter walking

Step by step towards a holistic experience

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.

Ski Touring


Ski Touring • Oetztal
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  • Der Übergang von der Gipfelflanke auf den Schwarzenbergferner ist von den Gletscherspalten her gesehen bei ausreichender Schneelage unproblematisch
    / Der Übergang von der Gipfelflanke auf den Schwarzenbergferner ist von den Gletscherspalten her gesehen bei ausreichender Schneelage unproblematisch
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  • Unbeschwertes Schwungvergnügen am Schwarzenbergferner
    / Unbeschwertes Schwungvergnügen am Schwarzenbergferner
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    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Links voraus tut sich bereits das sanfte Schwarzenbergkar hinauf zum Schwarzenbergferner auf
    / Links voraus tut sich bereits das sanfte Schwarzenbergkar hinauf zum Schwarzenbergferner auf
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  • Der Aufstieg im Bereich der Zunge des Schwarzenbergferners gestaltet sich weiterhin problemlos
    / Der Aufstieg im Bereich der Zunge des Schwarzenbergferners gestaltet sich weiterhin problemlos
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  • Blick gegen Nordosten zum Schrandele 3392m
    / Blick gegen Nordosten zum Schrandele 3392m
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  • Die letzten Meter zum Gipfel können je nach Schneelage mit angeschnallten Ski, oder müssen unproblematisch im Stapf zurückgelegt werden.
    / Die letzten Meter zum Gipfel können je nach Schneelage mit angeschnallten Ski, oder müssen unproblematisch im Stapf zurückgelegt werden.
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Map / Schrankarkogel
2400 2700 3000 3300 3600 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 Amberger Hütte

 Located in the catchment area of ​​the Schwarzenbergferners, well prepared even with delicate avalanche conditions.

12.7 km
3:30 h
1216 m
1218 m

The Schrankarkogel 3332m is located in the catchment area of ​​the Schwarzenbergferner, which can be reached from the "Sulze" in an eastern direction over a less than 30 ° steep terrain level. In the ascent to the Schwarzenbergkar up to the tongue of the Schwarzenbergferners one stands between the two 1850er Seitenmoränen. This section is also quite manageable in the case of somewhat augmented avalanche conditions, especially as the Schwarzenbergkar begins to set off quickly after a first, somewhat steeper upturn.

Author’s recommendation

Bis auf den Gipfelhang sehr günstiges Tourengelände.

3323 m
2119 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Amberger Hütte

Safety information

Avalanche Hazard Scale

1 (LOW)
Triggering is generally possible but only from high additional load in isolated areas of extremely steep terrain. Only small-sized sluffs and natural avalanches are expected. Snow layers are generally stable.

Avalanches may be triggered in case of truly heavy loads, especially on a few explicitly indicated, steep slopes. Large spontaneous avalanches are not expected. In general, the snowpack is well bonded except on some very steep slopes. Choose your route carefully, avoid the indicated slopes and exposed sections.

Triggering is very probable even from low additional loads, particularly on the indicated steep slopes. On some steeper slopes, medium or even fairly large spontaneous avalanches may occur. On most steepslopes the snow layer is only moderately or weakly stable. Expertavalanche knowledge is required. You must avoid the indicated steepslopes and highly exposed sections.

4 (HIGH)
Avalanches are likely to be triggered on many of the indicated steepslopes even if only light loads are applied. In some places, numerous medium-sized and also large-sized natural avalanches are expected.The snowpack is poorly bonded on most steep slopes. Choose your route according to these criteria, select only moderately steep terrain by avoiding the avalanche runout zones. Very expert avalanche knowledge is required.

Numerous huge or very large-sized natural avalanches are expected also in moderately steep terrain. Safe skiing is not possible anymore, not even in the marked ski area. The snowpack is poorly bonded and largely unstable. Don‘t go ski mountaineering at all!


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Recommended Ski Mountaineering Equipment

The „standard ski mountaineering equipment“ is: touring skis with touring bindings, telescopic poles, climbing skins, ski crampons, digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe, firstaid kit and mobile phone. A „complete glacier equipment set“ contains: sit harness, two prusik loops of different lengths and ascenders, two HMS biners, icepick, climbing irons and rope. Pack your rucksack carefully and don‘t forget extra clothes for the descent, sun protection/cream, cold protection, enough food and drink. If you stay overnight at a mountain hut take toiletry articles and a hut sleeping bag with you!



  • Easy: Short or moderately long tours, always easy, with ascents not steeper than 25° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Intermediate: Moderately long or long tours of intermediate difficulty with ascents up to 35° or slightly steeper only on short sections.
  • Difficult: Very challenging and long or very long tours with ascents that can exceed 40°, comprising also climbing sections up to difficulty grade II (UIAA).

Tips, hints and links

Ski Mountaineering Rules

  • If you enjoy activities amid nature always respect the local guidelines when you set out on a ski tour (for example: wildlife preserves, hunting enclosures, reforestation areas, information boards, etc.).
  • Don‘t enter protected wildlife zones or feeding areas amid naturelandscapes, and avoid noise.
  • Cross forest areas in winter only on sign posted trails or marked routes as wild animals can panic if they hear loud voices or noise.
  • Learn more about the habitat of wild animals in the mountains, avoid getting too close to them. Watch them only from a safe distance. Please put your dog on a lead, it is absolutely irresponsible to take dogs into the forest without leashing them because wild animals suffer from food deficiency and weakness in winter.
  • Excellent planning and time management: start your tour early enough and return before darkness. In spring you should be back on the hut or in the valley at 12 noon (avalanche hazard!) at the latest.
  • Never cross forestation zones and areas with young plants and trees.


Ötztal Tourismus doesn‘t take any responsibility for the suggested tours. It is strongly recommended to enlist a certified local mountainguide. Glacier crossings are allowed only in a group by using a rope.

Before you set out on a tour you should inform someone down in the valley about the tour‘s destination and when you plan to be back. Anavalanche transceiver is an absolute must for Alpine ski mountaineering tours.


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More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal:



Gries (2133 m)
47.042280, 11.074450
32T 657584 5211950



Turn-by-turn directions

This relatively gently sloping terrain continues to continue at Schwarzenbergferner. In addition, the glacier has no exceptionally large column zones. Thus, with appropriately favorable snow and avalanche conditions, you reach quite safely and without problems up to a height of 3200m, but at the foot of the now more than 40 ° steep east flank at the locker arcogel 3332m. The final climb to the summit is only possible with very safe avalanche conditions, preferably with optimal spring conditions. However, a perfect return technique is also a prerequisite. Then, however, the summit is even possible with skis, if the snow is sufficient. In less favorable conditions you have to overcome simple terrain in the Stapf on the last meters.

Public transport

Enjoy a both comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station in Ötztal Bahnhof. You get off the train in ÖTZTAL Bahnhof where you change to a public bus or local taxi. The current bus schedule can be found at:


Getting there

Längenfeld is located in the western part of Austria in the state of TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car you plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online:


The following parking facilities are available in Gries:

Gries at the end of the village - free of charge

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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