Ski tours in Tirol: Brixental - a ski touring paradise
It is a well-known fact that Brixental is one of the most interesting ski regions in the world. That said, few are aware that in the Kitzbüheler Alpen and in Brixental in particular there are secluded valleys which offer fantastic ski tours. Great for those who come nonetheless to enjoy the superb panoramic view to the Hohe Tauern (including the Großglockner and the Großvenediger), the Kitzbüheler Horn, the Wilder Kaiser and the no less pretty Lofer and Leogang Stone Mountains. In the Kitzbüheler Alpen you can head out on ski tours when the first snowfall arrives (Bichlalm), in the height of winter (Kelchsau & Spertental) and right through until spring (Wilder Kaiser & Kelchsau).
The secluded lateral valleys in Brixental are particularly suited to ski tours.
Spertental - a paradise for ski tourers
Spertental, which proceeds from Kirchberg in Tirol to the romantic town of Aschau, is the third lateral valley running from north to south in Brixental. Just after Aschau the valley splits into Obere Grund (to the right) and Untere Grund (to the left); a large car parking area (1025m) is also available here. Brechhorn (2037m) and Gerstinger Joch (2035m) can not only be scaled from the Windau, but also from the east. There are many more lovely summits further down in the valley. Even the Großer Rettenstein (2366m) has been tackled on skis.
The Windau - a dream for every ski tourer
Windautal ('Die Windau' as the locals say) is not that long a valley proceeding from north to south, branching off from Westendorf and running parallel to Kelchsautal Valley. At the half-way point is Gasthof Jagerhäusl (815m). This is the starting point for tours to the Lodron (1925m) and the Brechhorn (2037m), in winter Gasthof Steinberghaus (878m) is the end station. From here ski tours run to Gerstinger Joch (2035m) and Steinbergstein (2215m). Those of you who dread longer, flat sections will find other worthwhile destinations at the head of the valley, such as the Gamskogel (2206m) and the Geige (2084m).