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.

Print
GPX
KML
Fitness
Ski Touring

Hohe Wasserfalle

Ski Touring • Oetztal
Responsible for this content
Ötztal Tourismus
  • /
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Hohe Wasserfalle
1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

A classic ski mountaineering tour at the heart of the Stubai Alps, climbed from Ötztal's Horlachtal valley.

9.6 km
9:00 h
1490 m
1490 m

Ein Klassiker in den Stubaier Alpen, der von der Ötztaler Seite aus dem Horlachtal bestiegen wird. Tolle und etwas verwinkelte Anstiegsroute mit einem steilen Gipfelhang und super Steilrinne, die am Schluss direkt auf den Gipfel führt. Rassiges Abfahrtsgelände mit langen Steilhängen. Bei schlechter Sicht ist der Anstieg nicht zu empfehlen, da die Routenfindung nicht so leicht ist und genau erfolgen sollte - immer wieder sind lawinengefährdete Passagen zu umgehen (die man bei guter Sicht gut ausmachen kann)!

Experience
Landscape
Altitude
3003 m
1540 m

Rest Stop

Schweinfurterhütte
Kleinhorlachalm

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!

 

Also visit lawine.tirol.gv.at

 

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

Niederthai (1543 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.127814 N 10.968061 E
UTM
32T 649263 5221246

Destination

Niederthai

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

Niederthai 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 Niederthai:
  • Niederthai Parking Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to 18:30
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler Lehen (football pitch), free
  • Niederthai Ortsweiler plate floor, free of charge

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Similar tours nearby

  • Finstertaler Schartenkopf
  • Start
    Kraspesspitze
  • Abfahrtsschwünge
    Wide Grieskogel
  • Abfahrt
    Hochreichkopf
  • Zwieselbacher Rosskogel
  • Nisslalm Skitour
  • Wetterkreuz
 These suggestions were created automatically.
Distance
9.6 km
Duration
9:00 h
Ascent
1490 m
Descent
1490 m

Statistics

: hrs.
 km
 m
 m
Highest point
 m
Lowest point
 m
Show elevation profile Hide elevation profile
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.
  • -1.0°C

  • 0–267 cm

  • 17/31

  • Live

Booking Close
Accommodation
Skitickets

When are you coming?

Next

How many are you?

Finish Back

When are you coming?

Next

How many tickets?

Finish Back

We use cookies to make our website as user-friendly as possible. If you continue we assume that you agree to the use of cookies on our website. More detailed information can be found in our privacy policy.