Today "Mooserstegle Waalweg" water trail does not carry any water. After heavy rainfalls, Windache mountain brook tore off the supply pipe to the water ditches - the former irrigation channels for the fields down in the valley. The path along the wooden ditches has primarily become a hiking and adventure trail. “We have to fix that quickly. A water trail without water - that's nothing!," says Franz Pult, long-time manager of Sölden's construction yard and the most expert trail builder in upper Ötztal with 47 years of experience.
Our access route via the old cart trail into Windachtal side valley ends abruptly in front of a pile of rocks that crashed down from a huge scree field. "We also must remove that soon but the water has priority," Franz comments. We take the Waalweg water trail on foot. In the forest we meet a three-man construction team that is supposed to make the water flow again. Along their route to the problematic area they chop new channels into the water trail - as the old ones were blocked by rain water and soil.