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Ski touring in Tyrol: Ski touring paradises around Hopfgarten

That the Kitzbüheler Alpen are one of the most interesting ski-regions in the world is well-known. But only a few know that there are isolated valleys here with wonderful ski tours. Good for those who come anyway to enjoy the great panorama of the Hohe Tauern (including Grossglockner and Grossvenediger), the Kitzbüheler Horn,the Wilder Kaiser and the no less beautiful Lofer and Leogang Mountains. All around Hopfgarten ski touring is possible all winter long. The valleys in Kelchsau (kurzer und langer Grund) and in Windau can be reached in just a few minutes from Hopfgarten.

Ski rentals for ski touring

Ski rentals for ski touring
Ski rentals for ski touring

The ski rental outlets in Hopfgarten provide not only alpine skis, but also complete ski touring outfits. Here you can find all the rental outlets. More info

Guided tours

Guided tours
Guided tours

How about a ski or mountain guide? He'll show you the most scenic peaks of the Kitzbüheler Alpen and the best downhill runs back into the valley. More info

Rules for ski tourers

Rules for ski tourers
Rules for ski tourers

"The Woipertouringer watches over the Kitzbüheler Alpen"! By observing the rules, you can help protect the habitat of the animals in the Kitzbüheler Alpen. More info

Several corners around Hopfgarten are suitable for ski touring.

Kelchsau (around 20 min. drive away from Hopfgarten)

The Kelchsau is a long north-south valley, which branches off at Hopfgarten in Brixental. At the tollbooth, the valley branches out into the Kurzer Grund (right) and the Langer Grund (left). Already while approaching, many nice tours beckon right and left from the road. (Lodron - 1,925m, Schwaigberghorn - 1,990m). Base camps with several options include the Wegscheid Inn (1,148m), New Bamberg Hut (1,761m) and Erla Brennhütte (1,213m). From the peaks in the Kelchsau (Schneegrubenspitze, Salzachgeier, Schafsiedel etc.) you can enjoy wonderful views of the Hohen Tauern with the Grossvenediger.

Windau (around 20-25 min. drive away from Hopfgarten)

The Windautal valley ("Die Windau" as the locals call it) is a not quite so long north-south valley, branching off from Westendorf and running parallel to Kelchsautal valley. Midway you can find the Jagerhäusl Inn (815m). Here is the starting point for tours up the Lodron (1,925m) and the Brechhorn (2,037m), in winter the Steinberghaus Inn is (878m) the end of the line. From here, ski tours lead up the Gerstinger Joch (2,035m) and the Steinbergstein (2,215m). Those who don't shun long flat passages, can find many rewarding destinations at the head of the valley, including Gamskogel (2,206m) or Geige (2,084m).

Spertental (around 30 min. drive away from Hopfgarten)

The Sperten Valley, leading to the romantic village of Aschau from Kirchberg in Tyrol, is the third north-south tributary valley of Brixental Valley. Just after Aschau, the valley branches out into the Oberen Grund (right) and the Unteren Grund (left), here you'll also find a large parking lot (1,025m). Brechhorn (2,037m) and Gerstinger Joch (2,035m) can be scaled not only from the Windau, but also from the east. Further back in the valley are many more beautiful peaks. Even the Grosse Rettenstein (2,366m) has been conquered on skis.

Aurachergraben (around 35 min. drive away from Hopfgarten)

The Auracher Graben is very popular with the locals, because it's easy to reach, with guaranteed snow and rich in variety. At the only right-hand turn on the road from Aurach to the Auracher Wildlife Park is a large parking lot (1,045m). From here it's about 30 minutes along a forest road until the terrain becomes more sparse and you have to decide on one of the many peaks: Gebra (2,057m), Bischof (2,127m), Sonnspitz (2,0262m), Staffkogel (2,115m) or Saalkogel (2,006m).

Wilde Kaiser (around 20 min. drive away from Hopfgarten)

Some ski tours in the Wilder Kaiser are often possible into May (Schneekar, Griesner Kar). But in midwinter there are plenty of options, too, and the craggy rock formations of the Kaiser mountains never stop fascinating. Starting point for Wilder Kaiser tours are the Wochenbrunnalm, the parking lot below the Graspoint-Niederalm and the Kaiserbach valley (the toll-road only opens in spring)

Ski touring map Kitzbüheler Alpen

Ski touring map Kitzbüheler Alpen
Ski touring map Kitzbüheler Alpen

The ski touring map of the Kitzbüheler Alpen is available at all information booths in the region or you can order your personal map online. More info

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