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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Sautner Forchet Looptrail

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easy
3.5 km
2:00 h
71 m
71 m
More than 3000 years ago immense parts of the Tschirgant mountain massif crashed into the valley by blocking the entrance to the Ötztal. Today this wonderful area amidst the densely populated Tirolean Inntal has become atrue nature treasure, almost untouched by men. The wood-covered oasis offers splendid places ideal to take a rest, rich fauna and flora, and many mythenshrouded legends and stories. Two breathtaking loop trails travel straight through this awesome landscape called "Sautner Forchet" known for its exciting cultural spots (Kalkofen area, cavehouse, …). Information panels inform about the region's fauna and geology. Both loop trails are linked, boasting a huge circular trail if you combine them. Please take enough to drink with you especially in the hot summer months.

 

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
863 m
802 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.

 

Tips, hints and links

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

Start

Kreuzkapelle Sautens (823 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.212914 N 10.846132 E
UTM
32T 639792 5230478

Turn-by-turn directions

Red Trail

Starting at the Kreuzkapelle chapel in Sautens, you follow the road for about 100 m. Then the red trail forks-off into the forest area to the right. A beautiful walking path travels to the Tschirgantblick vantage point. Proceed to the information board about the area's bird species and geological facts. A very recommendable walk especially in spring and autumn. This loop tour is also meant as a geocaching trail with treasure map for children.

Walking time: 1 ½ - 2 hours

 

Black Trail

Starting at the Kreuzkapelle chapel in Sautens, you follow the red trail until you reach the information board about the area's bird species and geological facts. Here you turn into the black trail towards the lower Forchet area where you will find further information panels displaying the old limekiln, an ancient cave house and a badger's set.

Walking time: 3 ½ - 4 hours

 

Blue Trail

Starting point is the "Kreuzkapelle" chapel Sautens (sports ground) -> follow the trail approx. 300 meters towards Roppen. The path turns right - into the forest -> follow the path to the viewpoint offering a nice view to the "Tschirgant" mountain -> follow the track back to Sautens. The winter trail takes about 1 to 1.5 hours

 

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

Sautens 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 Sautens:
  • directly in front of the town hall - for free of charge
  • right after the big bridge right on the big gravel parking lot - for free
  • at the sports field / cross chapel / experience Kalkofen as - for free
  • in front of the elementary school / kindergarten, Kirchblickweg - for free

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
71 m
Descent
71 m

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