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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Miners Trail

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medium
11.2 km
6:00 h
860 m
860 m
This high elevation trail takes you from the Hochoetz Panorama Restaurant to Bielefelder Hütte and further on to Wetterkreuz. Proceed to Wörgetal until you get to the reconstructed Miners House in original style with stamping mill - a kind of stone mill for crushing ore. Continue to the (decayed) Obere Issalm before you reach the (serviced) Balbachalm and return to the Panorama Restaurant via Kühtailealm. Walking time without rest stops: approx. 6 hours, 12 km. Further access points of this route can be found in Ochsengarten at Balbachhof or Issbrücke car park and in Kühtai.

 

Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
2581 m
1929 m

Rest Stop

Balbach Alm
Bielefelder Hütte

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.

 

Tips, hints and links

More details about hiking In Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/wandern 

Start

Acherkogelbahn mountain station (2018 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.212101 N 10.932488 E
UTM
32T 646334 5230546

Destination

Acherkogelbahn mountain station

Turn-by-turn directions

This high elevation trail takes you from the Hochoetz Panorama Restaurant to Bielefelder Hütte and further on to Wetterkreuz. Proceed to Wörgetal until you get to the reconstructed Miners House in original style with stamping mill - a kind of stone mill for crushing ore. Continue to the (decayed) Obere Issalm before you reach the (serviced) Balbachalm and return to the Panorama Restaurant via Kühtailealm. Walking time without rest stops: approx. 6 hours, 12 km. Further access points of this route can be found in Ochsengarten at Balbachhof or Issbrücke car park and in Kühtai.

 

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

Oetz 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 Oetz:

 

  • Parking Acherkogelbahn - free for guests of the gondola lift, camping prohibited
  • Parking lot Raftingeinsteinstelle (at the end of Oetz on the right side) - free, but limited parking (alternatively Acherkogelbahn 150 m), camping prohibited
  • Oetz parking area (subject to a charge)
  • Parking at night during several days' tours: Central parking place Oetz, The ticket is available at the information office Oetz.

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
11.2 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
860 m
Descent
860 m

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