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White, whiter, whitest is everything you will see…

Really big eyes for all winter hikers in the rear Ötztal: the pace is excellent to admire the unspoilt beauty of the Alpine mountains and landscapes. 12 km of cleared, signposted winter walking trails lead through snow-covered stone pine forests, white meadows and along the frozen Gurgler Ache brook. Take an even deeper insight into marvelous backcountry areas on guided snowshoeing adventures.

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Seewerspitze

Ski Touring • Oetztal
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  • Pulverschwünge im oberen Firnbecken des Gaisbergferners
    / Pulverschwünge im oberen Firnbecken des Gaisbergferners
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Im Bereich Gletscherzunge setzt sich die großartige Abfahrt weiter fort
    / Im Bereich Gletscherzunge setzt sich die großartige Abfahrt weiter fort
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Der lange und flache Anstieg durch das Gaisbergtal in Richtung Süden
    / Der lange und flache Anstieg durch das Gaisbergtal in Richtung Süden
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Der Aufstieg erfolgt zunächst über die Skipisten hinauf an den Beginn des Gaisbergtales
    / Der Aufstieg erfolgt zunächst über die Skipisten hinauf an den Beginn des Gaisbergtales
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Der Aufstieg erfolgt zunächst über die Skipisten hinauf an den Beginn des Gaisbergtales
    / Der Aufstieg erfolgt zunächst über die Skipisten hinauf an den Beginn des Gaisbergtales
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Auf der orographisch linken Talseite erfolgt der Eingang ins Gaisbergtal
    / Auf der orographisch linken Talseite erfolgt der Eingang ins Gaisbergtal
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Über den derzeit noch relativ flachen Gaisbergferner hinweg
    / Über den derzeit noch relativ flachen Gaisbergferner hinweg
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Wir queren im Steilgelände hinüber zum Gaisbergjoch
    / Wir queren im Steilgelände hinüber zum Gaisbergjoch
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Aufstieg
    / Aufstieg
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Die letzten Meter im Stapf
    / Die letzten Meter im Stapf
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Seewerspitze
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A dodging point if there is nothing at 3.400 m at the Liebener peak

difficult
15.5 km
4:30 h
1375 m
1339 m

The Seewerspitze 3286m is basically an insignificant elevation at the connecting ridge between the Hochfirst 3403m as well as the Liebenerspitze 3400m and is normally hardly used as a direct route. If you have enough condition and if the weather and snow conditions allow, perhaps another peak of the summit of 3400m will be collected next to Lieben's peak 3400m. Or if the avalanche conditions from the Gaisbergferner up to the final slope at the Liebenerspitze 3400m on the spot then turn out to be too unfavorable, then the Seewerspitze 3286m may be considered as a possible alternative destination.

Difficulty
difficult
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Altitude
3281 m
1906 m
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Rest Stop

Nederhut

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.

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!

 

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

Obergurgl (1905 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.869330 N 11.026490 E
UTM
32T 654438 5192637

Destination

Obergurgl

Turn-by-turn directions

The Seewerspitze 3286m is therefore somehow as an appendix to the Liebenerspitze 3400m to see and you can therefore also largely orientate on the tour description on the same. In the upper firn pool of the Gaisbergferners, where the two ascents share, the further course of the route to the Seewerspitze 3286m, with the exception of the steep summit slope, hardly leads to any significant difficulties or more dangerous passages.

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

 

Getting there

Obergurgl-Hochgurgl is located in the western part of Austria in the state of TYROL, in a southern side valley of the Inn valley - the ÖTZTAL. For your arrival by car you plan the best route from your home town with the route planner online: https://www.google.at/maps

Parking

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
  • Parking Hochgurglbahn valley station, free of charge - no parking at night
  • Parking Top Mountain Crosspoint, free of charge
  • Parking Hochgurgl, free of charge (very small parking)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
1375 m
Descent
1339 m

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