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Ski Touring recommended route

Eiskögele vom Rotmoostal aus

Ski Touring · Gurgl
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  • Pulverschwünge am Hangererferner
    Pulverschwünge am Hangererferner
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One of the most popular ski mountaineering areas in the Obergurgl area.
Distance 11.6 km
4:00 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
3,233 m
1,907 m
The Eiskögele 3233m is one of the most popular ski mountaineers in the area around Obergurgl. The route from the Rotmoostal is not only seen as a day trip, but also as a transition to the Langtaleregghütte 2430m, or many touring skiers still take the icebergs 3233m on their way from the Langtaleregghütte 2430m back to Obergurgl. As a result, the slopes of the icebergs 3233m over the Hangererferner down into the Rotmoostal. In the course of a day trip from Obergurgl you have over 1300 heights of altitude in the climb. In the case of favorable avalanche conditions, especially in the spring, when the western slopes on the Hohen Mut 2659m are severely dented in the morning, you can save yourself a good 300 altitude climb.
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Update: February 03, 2024
Highest point
3,233 m
Lowest point
1,907 m
Best time of year

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Rest stops

Schönwies hut

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 suggestions

Ascending aid: yes

Max. Slope: over 40 °

Glacier: yes

Tour type: High alpine glacier tour

Ski technique: medium

Climbing technique: II. grade

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

Best season: Dec-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 



46.869380, 11.026970
46°52'09.8"N 11°01'37.1"E
32T 654474 5192643



Turn-by-turn directions

Take the train "Mut Mut I + II" up to the Hohen Mut 2659m and then you have to drive 400 meters into the Rotmoostal over 35 ° to 40 ° steep terrain. In this case, you will start at 8:30 am in Obergurgl. However, a delayed start at the northern slopes of the Ice Cave 3233m is usually not a major problem with regard to daytime warming. The departure from the Hohenmut 2659m into the Rotmoostal is not allowed Be underestimated. The danger of avalanches must be taken into account when using pulleys. In the case of hard snow, a good ski slope or good ski skills is necessary. From the Rotmoostal, the most delicate passage of the tour begins with the avalanche danger. The 200-meter-high and 35-degree, sometimes even 40-degree, steep north slope up to the Kar of the Hanger River, requires absolutely stable avalanche conditions. In addition, the possibility of self-tripping of avalanches must always be considered from the northeast flank of the Hangerer 3020m. After that, the terrain begins at the beginning of the Hanger River, over a beautiful and not too steeply inclined slope, and over the same up to the more than 40 ° steep summit rise of the ice creek 3233m, which in turn leads into the short but very exposed north ridge at the ice cirrus 3233m. At low snow levels, the ski depot will be set up in each case in the area of ​​the edge gap, where the north flank begins to split up sharply. Then the well-assured ascent in a rock wall will be easy to recognize as well as to be useful. After this short rock formation, we continue to the beginning of the northern ridge in the Stapf. On the north ridge itself, it needs a good step-security and dizziness to get to the summit easily. Iron bars, insofar as they are not recessed, still allow for securing. At higher snow levels, however, the ascent from the ski depot can also be completely different. Then you can ascend directly from the ski depot in the Stapf. Good skiers can then take the skis to the start of the north ridge, then take off from there. In the case of large snow depths, the northern ridge can also present itself as a pure snowweed ridge, but this should not necessarily make the climb over it easier. It is never advisable to turn to the west flank of the Inner Rafting Carcass, since there are smooth and steeply sloping rims. A rise should therefore always take place over the north ridge!

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



Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 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



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


46.869380, 11.026970
46°52'09.8"N 11°01'37.1"E
32T 654474 5192643
Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!


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).

Similar routes nearby

  • Vorderer Seelenkogel - Obergurgl
  • Hinterer Seelenkogel vom Rotmoostal aus
  • Langtalereckhütte
  • Hochfirst
  • Seewerspitze
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11.6 km
4:00 h
1,300 m
1,300 m
Highest point
3,233 m
Lowest point
1,907 m


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