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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Hoher Seeblaskogel

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difficult
8.2 km
5:00 h
1671 m
41 m
From the car park at the edge of Gries you follow the road to Winnebach, then turn into the path in the direction of Winnebachseehütte. Leaving behind the wood-covered region, you pass several avalanche-prone areas. The perfectly maintained trail winds its way steeply uphill, on the right hand side you find the rushing "Bachfalle" waters of Winnebach brook. Hiking time: approx. 2 hours. Once reached the hut, you proceed to the lake's run-off area and further on to the terrace located above. Past picture-book glacier polish terrain in eastern direction to the three marvelous mountain lakes. Continue through rock-strewn and grass-covered terrain to the Bachfalleferner glacier snout.

Where the trail branches off you follow the upper part of the route, circling an eyecatching rock column leading towards a secluded side valley. Past the high Alpine cirque you get to gravel and snow-covered fields that take you up to the ridge on a small saddleback. A short downhill trail merges into the upper part of Grüntatzenferner glacier where you cross the basin and proceed to the eastern saddleback and – through a rock-strewn part – to the summit.

 

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
3235 m
1585 m

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as breathable and weather-adapted outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and possibly gloves. It is also important to have enough food, as well as a first-aid package, a cell phone and a hiking map.

 

Start

Gries (1584 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.070231 N 11.024817 E
UTM
32T 653733 5214958

Destination

Hoher Seeblaskogel

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park at the edge of Gries you follow the road to Winnebach, then turn into the path in the direction of Winnebachseehütte. Leaving behind the wood-covered region, you pass several avalanche-prone areas. The perfectly maintained trail winds its way steeply uphill, on the right hand side you find the rushing "Bachfalle" waters of Winnebach brook. Hiking time: approx. 2 hours. Once reached the hut, you proceed to the lake's run-off area and further on to the terrace located above. Past picture-book glacier polish terrain in eastern direction to the three marvelous mountain lakes. Continue through rock-strewn and grass-covered terrain to the Bachfalleferner glacier snout.Where the trail branches off you follow the upper part of the route, circling an eyecatching rock column leading towards a secluded side valley. Past the high Alpine cirque you get to gravel and snow-covered fields that take you up to the ridge on a small saddleback. A short downhill trail merges into the upper part of Grüntatzenferner glacier where you cross the basin and proceed to the eastern saddleback and – through a rock-strewn part – to the summit.

 

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: http://fahrplan.vvt.at

 

Getting there

Gries is located in the western part of Austria in the state TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car, you can plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online at https://www.google.at/maps

 

Parking

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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.2 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
1671 m
Descent
41 m

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