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.

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Gänsekragen

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6.2 km
4:00 h
1294 m
2 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 to Winnebachseehütte. From Winnebachseehütte you walk in western direction to the lift towers of the goods lift. Here you continue on the rising trail leading across the southern flank of Gänsekragen. On its south-eastern ridge the steep path travels on grass-covered terrain. Transverse a small ravine on the left, then keep to the right and continue uphill along the jagged rocks. The last part of this precipitous peak hike leads over huge slabs of rock to the summit cross.

 

Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2914 m
1585 m

Equipment

It is recommended to wear hiking equipment such as outdoor clothing, weather-resistant outdoor clothing, ankle-high mountain boots, wind, rain and sun protection, cap and gloves. It is also important to have sufficient food and 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

Gänsekragen

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 to Winnebachseehütte. From Winnebachseehütte you walk in western direction to the lift towers of the goods lift. Here you continue on the rising trail leading across the southern flank of Gänsekragen. On its south-eastern ridge the steep path travels on grass-covered terrain. Transverse a small ravine on the left, then keep to the right and continue uphill along the jagged rocks. The last part of this precipitous peak hike leads over huge slabs of rock to the summit cross.

 

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
6.2 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
1294 m
Descent
2 m

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