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Ski Touring


Ski Touring · Oetztal
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  • Abfahrt über den Granatenferner
    / Abfahrt über den Granatenferner
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  • / Start in Obergurgl am Parkplatz der Festkogelbahn 1907m
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  • / Kurz unterhalb des Schneeigen Ferwalljochs 2908m beginnt sich das Gelände schon wieder zurückzulegen
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  • / Man sollte den weiteren Aufstieg durch das Ferwalltal möglichst im Bereich des Talbodens machen
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  • / Vorbei an der Zollhütte 2502m
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  • / Wir nähern uns problemlos der Granatenscharte an, welche den Beginn des Nordostgrates hinauf zur Essener Spitze 3200m markiert.
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  • / Im Stapf unschwer zum Gipfel
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Suitable for touring beginners. By using the train you can shorten the ascent by about 450 meters.
Distance 12.7 km
3:30 h
1,358 m
1,342 m
A ski tour, also suitable for touring beginners. On this tour the tour area can be discovered on your own. The ascent from the glacier up to the ridge is the key point, a short, but more than 40 ° steep northeast slope.

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Einfache und relativ sichere Tour
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Update: July 30, 2018
Highest point
3,197 m
Lowest point
1,897 m
Best time of year

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.


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.


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.


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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Tips and hints

Ascent assistance: Yes (ascent with the Festkogl cable car)

Max. Slope: over 40 °

Glacier: Yes

Tour type: high alpine glacier tour

Ski technique: easy

Climbing technique: 1st degree

Maps: AV card Ötztaler Alps - Gurgl 1:25 000

Best season: Feb-May



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 



Obergurgl (1,896 m)
46.876170, 11.033740
46°52'34.2"N 11°02'01.5"E
32T 654971 5193411



Turn-by-turn directions

The ski tours in the Obergurgl touring area are mostly highly alpine activities for which a lot of alpine experience and skills are necessary. For beginners, there are only a few possibilities to get to know the tour area on your own. One of these somewhat "simpler" tour places is the Essenerspitze 3200m. The summit stands completely in the shadow of the huge shell shell 3304m, which is followed by a very demanding ski route. The tour starts at the valley station of the Festkogelbahn. With the use of the train you can shorten the ascent by about 450 meters. However, there is the first mountain ride not before 08:30 in the morning. In the Ferwalltal itself, it is very flat for a long time. Passing the Zollhütte 2502m you reach the end of the valley, where you are now ascending in the ascending direction to the snowy Ferwalljoch 2908m. The slope is potentially avalanche risk with a steepness of 30 ° to 35 °, but in the spring this western slope already receives sufficient solar energy. From the snowy Ferwalljoch 2908m you are then on the South Tyrolean side and now over the flat, as well as column-poor Grantenferner on the shells of the grenades. The ascent from the glacier up to the ridge is again a short, but more than 40 ° steep northeast slope, which is the most problematic place in the ascent. The next northerly ridge up to the summit can then be mastered easily at the Stapf.


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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

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is located in the western part of Austria in the state of TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car you plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online: https://www.google.at/maps



In Obergurgl-Hochgurgl the following parking facilities are available:
  • Car park Village center Obergurgl (in front of the church on the right, behind the multi-purpose building where the information office is located)
  • Parking lot with coin entrance Parking Place entrance - valley station Festkoglbahn, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)


46.876170, 11.033740
46°52'34.2"N 11°02'01.5"E
32T 654971 5193411
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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!



  • 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).

Basic Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 2 pairs of Gloves: lightweight, breathable and windproof for going uphill, regular ski gloves for downhill
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Lightweight rain and windproof ski jacket
  • Additional warm jacket
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Lightweight wind- and waterproof ski pants
  • 20 to 28 liter rucksack, preferably backcountry type
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Ski Touring

  • Ski touring boots
  • Ski touring bindings to fit boots
  • Ski touring skins to fit skis
  • Skis
  • Ski poles, preferably telescopic type
  • Avalanche safety equipment to consider: beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel
  • Ski touring crampons
  • Crevasse rescue kit
  • Ski touring harness
  • Light ice axe
  • Ski touring ropes
  • Avalanche airbag backpack
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Similar routes nearby

  • Granatenkogel
  • Zirmkogel
  • Archaeological loop trail - Obergurgl (short trail)
  • Aperes Ferwalljoch
  • Gurgler Schartl (Seiter Schartle)
  • Stone pine forest bridge - Obergurgl
  • Obergurgl practicing trail
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12.7 km
3:30 h
1,358 m
1,342 m


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