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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Hochvernagtspitze

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  • Direkte Abfahrt von der Hochvernagtspitze 3535m über die mehr als 40° steile, direkte Südflanke. Machbar nur bei perfekten Firnbedingungen.
    / Direkte Abfahrt von der Hochvernagtspitze 3535m über die mehr als 40° steile, direkte Südflanke. Machbar nur bei perfekten Firnbedingungen.
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Tolle Firnschwünge am Vernagtferner.
    / Tolle Firnschwünge am Vernagtferner.
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  • Start bei der Vernaghütte 2755m
    / Start bei der Vernaghütte 2755m
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  • Wir orientieren uns vorerst weiterhin entlang der 1850er Moräne taleinwärts.
    / Wir orientieren uns vorerst weiterhin entlang der 1850er Moräne taleinwärts.
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Der Blick gegen Norden zum Vernagtferner.
    / Der Blick gegen Norden zum Vernagtferner.
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  • Blick gegen Süden ins Rofental.
    / Blick gegen Süden ins Rofental.
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Schöner und weitläufiger Aufstieg hinauf zur Hochvernagtspitze 3535m.
    / Schöner und weitläufiger Aufstieg hinauf zur Hochvernagtspitze 3535m.
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  • Wir nehmen diesmal die Ski mit zum Gipfel.
    / Wir nehmen diesmal die Ski mit zum Gipfel.
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  • Hochvernagtspitze 3535m
    / Hochvernagtspitze 3535m
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Hochvernagtspitze
2700 3000 3300 3600 3900 m km 2 4 6 8 10 Vernagthütte

Schönste Skitour am Vernagtferner

medium
10.4 km
3:30 h
1052 m
1050 m

A dream ski tour to the Hochvernagtspitze, even if the last meters demand alpine experience and stability. The Hochvernagtspitze is the second highest ski peak of Vernagtferners and makes it one of the most attractive destinations in this area.

Difficulty
medium
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
3533 m
2550 m
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Rest Stop

Vernagthütte

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.

2 (MODERATE)

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.

3 (CONSIDERABLE)

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.

5 (EXTREMELY HIGH)

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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Equipment

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!

 

LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY

  • 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.

 

More details about ski mountaineering tours in Ötztal: https://www.oetztal.com/skitouren 

Start

Vernagthütte (2753 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.853600 N 10.823790 E
UTM
32T 639031 5190510

Destination

Vernagthütte

Turn-by-turn directions

The Hochvernagtspitze 3535m is the second highest ski touring peak in the direct reach of the Vernagtferner after the Hintere Brochkogel 3625m. But it is not only this fact that makes the mountain one of the most attractive destinations, but also the relatively easy accessibility of the summit, even if the last meters also need alpine experience and tread safety. From the Vernagtbach it is best to move the ascent to the west of the two glaciers, which flow from the Hochvernagspitze 3535m towards the southeast. In this area you can find a clear, extensive and not too steep glacier terrain. In the spring you can also be quite sure that the snow cover is already well set. The ski depot is tried as high as possible at the top of the ridge. This requires a safe and skilled ascent technique. Less practiced will pass the Stapf through the 40-degree southern flank. The last meters above the West Ridge, and then the short, but steep uphill climb to the summit, should not be a problem for the snowboarders. In the descent you can go down to the top of the ascent zone, where the glacier is fainter and the terrain less steep, or you can choose the more racy, but also in the descent, where you can enjoy the best descents Steeper and more columnar variant over the glacier directly to the southeast.

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

Vent 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 Vent:

In front of the village and at the valley station from the chair lift (payable)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
1052 m
Descent
1050 m

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