Snowshoe & Winterwalking

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Winter sports can also be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace. Hiking on snow-covered paths ranks among the most charming winter activities. Either on your own, with all the family, in guided groups or even on snowshoes - Ötztal makes a true heaven for gentle winter sports.
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Stallwiesalm - Sölden

Ski Touring · Sölden
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PARKING AT THE BARRIER --> Stallwiesalm --> PARKING AT THE BARRIER
easy
3.8 km
2:00 h
358 m
358 m
You can start the comfortable tour to the Stallwiesalm directly at the parking lot below the barrier. From there, a broad, groomed forest road leads you to the Stallwiesalm. In case of sufficient snow conditions, the signposted shortcuts can sometimes be taken through the forest. For the startpoint at the parking barrier you need about 2 hours to the hut.

The Stallwiesalm is open all winter and there are no rest days. On pre-order culinary highlights such as cheese spaetzle or ribs are offered in the evening. The downhill is not difficult, because it is the same route as to go up.

Author’s recommendation

The hut evenings take place DI MI and DO.

For larger groups it is advisable to make a reservation. Hut evenings are often organized on other days of the week too.

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1850 m
1456 m
Highest point
Stallwiesalm (1850 m)
Lowest point
Parkplatz Schranke (1456 m)
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Rest Stop

Stallwiesalm

Safety information

If you go in the evening to Stallwiesalm you should bring a head torch with you. (the tour is not lightened)
You can also borrow them in the hut.

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.

2 (MODERATE)

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.

3 (CONSIDERABLE)

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.

5 (EXTREMELY HIGH)

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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Equipment

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!

 If you make the tour in the evening you should bring a head torch with you. --> no floodlight

LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY

  • 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).

 

Tips, hints and links

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

 

Start

Parking at the barrier - Sölden/Granbichl (1456 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.963444, 11.014405
UTM
32T 653248 5203071

Destination

parking at the barrier - Sölden/Granbichl

Turn-by-turn directions

The Stallwiesalm is on Sölden's silent side and therefore you can fully enjoy the tour without traffic of cars.

Directly at the parking under the barrier, you can put on the skis and start.

The first two turns are a bit steep, but then it gets flatter. The last climb to the hut is than again a bit steeper.

The path leads along a wide, groomed forest road to the Stallwiesalm. If there are good snow conditions, you can use sometimes the steep, narrow shortcuts through the forest.

For the downhill you can put the skis directly at the hut on and then start from there. After a few meters there is another short ascent. It is not necessary to put the hides on again.

The proper preparation and conservation is done by the hutkeeper as the way holder.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Enjoy a comfortable and relaxing train ride to the train station 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

 

Getting there

The drive to the ÖTZTAL. Located in Tyrol, the ÖTZTAL branches off to the south as the longest side valley of the Eastern Alps. Arriving by car leads guests over the Inn Valley to the valley entrance and further along the Ötztal. In addition to the toll motorway can also be used on rural roads. With the route planner, the journey can be quickly and easily determined:

To the route planner: https://www.google.at/maps 

Parking

The following parking facilities are available in Sölden:
  • Parking at the barrier
  • Parking Postplatz Sölden
  • All parking is free during the day.

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.8 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
358 m
Descent
358 m
Public transport friendly Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly

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