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Ski touring oetztal


Off the groomed slopes – wild and free

Ski tourers and ski mountaineers experience the harmony of nature and sporty challenge in Tirol's longest side valley. Scenic Ötztal is teeming with classic ski touring routes: Hohe Wilde, Finailspitze, Weißkugel, Wildspitze. This is only a small selection of the most popular "hautes routes" in the Eastern Alps. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced ski touring fan, everyone will find their perfect ski tour in Ötztal while our local mountain guide experts provide the necessary safety.

Breathe in deeply. Hold your breath. Enjoy the view.

This sport is a very special experience. The combination of ascent and downhill skiing plus the closeness to nature releases high amounts of endorphins. Simply leave everyday worries behind and regain new strength amid the mountains - pure luxury in today's fast-paced times. In Ötztal there is plenty of untouched nature that invites you to go on a ski tour. It’s not without reason that Ötztal is called the valley of many opportunities and options. Countless transalpine crossings on skis lead over the main ridge of the Ötztal Alps with incredibly long downhill stretches and plenty of powder snow.

ski touring oetztal

The right technique

The right equipment and technique are all about for a perfect and safe ski tour.

Leg & ski

Don't lift your legs and skis when going on a ski tour, but let the ski slide forward over the snow

Climbing aid

Adjust the climbing aid depending on the slope’s gradient and put the weight on the entire sole of the foot evenly

Steep terrain

Be sure to practice the switchback technique before (use your skis to make a small even spot parallel to the slope, turn the ski on the mountain side supported by the ski poles, shift your weight & then lift the second ski on the valley side and move it in the new direction) in order to proceed step by step in steep terrain

Ski poles

For safety reasons, do not use the loops


First practice off-piste skiing on ungroomed slopes in the ski area

Guided ski tour

Guided ski tours with our certified, local mountain guides and experts in and around the Ötztal mountains are always a great advantage

Ski touring tips – varied choice of routes

Whether 1-day tours, high Alpine & glacier crossings or even multi-day classic ski tours such as the “Vent Loop Tour”, the choice of magnificent routes is as varied as the valley itself.


Stallwiesalm – for beginners

A leisurely ski tour in Sölden to Stallwiesalm with breathtaking views of the surrounding Ötztal mountain world. Special tip: Homemade spare ribs and pork shanks prepared by the hut owner himself.


Eiskögele – for experts

The “Kögele” is located at 3233 meters and ranks among the most popular ski touring peaks in the area around Obergurgl. The level of difficulty is intermediate, the difference in altitude is 1300 meters. Special tip: Gondola ride up to Hohe Mut.


Breiter Grieskogel – for pros

Breiter Grieskogel – for pros Ascent from Gries via the hamlet of Winnebach into Winnebachtal side valley. From there across the ridge of Zwieselbachjoch to Grieskogelferner, over glacier moraines you reach Breiter Grieskogel. The demanding ascent takes about 5 hours, the difference in altitude is 1646 meters. As a reward there is a long downhill stretch with perfect corn snow.


ski touring oetztal