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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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Schwarzwandspitze

Ski Touring • Oetztal
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  • Abfahrt über den Vernagtferner. Die Gletscherneigung ist ideal, perfekt für herrliche Abfahrtsschwünge.
    / Abfahrt über den Vernagtferner. Die Gletscherneigung ist ideal, perfekt für herrliche Abfahrtsschwünge.
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Vorbei an der Meteorologischen Station
    / Vorbei an der Meteorologischen Station
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  • Der Blick gegen Norden zum Vernagtferner
    / Der Blick gegen Norden zum Vernagtferner
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  • Ein gemütliches Eingehen, man macht noch keine Höhenmeter.
    / Ein gemütliches Eingehen, man macht noch keine Höhenmeter.
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  • Wir orientieren uns vorerst weiterhin entlang der 1850er Moräne taleinwärts
    / Wir orientieren uns vorerst weiterhin entlang der 1850er Moräne taleinwärts
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Blick gegen Südosten
    / Blick gegen Südosten
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  • Zunächst geht es einmal im Stapf problemlos weiter
    / Zunächst geht es einmal im Stapf problemlos weiter
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Klettertechnische Schwierigkeiten im II. alpinen Schwierigkeitsgrad sind kurzzeitig zu meistern
    / Klettertechnische Schwierigkeiten im II. alpinen Schwierigkeitsgrad sind kurzzeitig zu meistern
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Der letzte Steilaufschwung
    / Der letzte Steilaufschwung
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
  • Schwarzwandspitze 3466m
    / Schwarzwandspitze 3466m
    Photo: Ötztal Tourismus
Map / Schwarzwandspitze
2700 3000 3300 3600 m km 2 4 6 8 10

A worthwhile tour, even if steep ridge course, but a fantastic departure.

medium
10.7 km
3:30 h
937 m
934 m

The ascent over the northeastern ridge shows climbing places in the 2nd alpine difficulty, and the ridge course falls steeply over several hundred meters into the Kaunertal, but compensates for a fantastically beautiful descent over ideal, mostly slightly inclined ski areas.

Author’s recommendation

Selten bestiegen, weil schwieriger Gipfelgrat

Difficulty
medium
Stamina
Altitude
3416 m
2550 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Rest Stop

Vernagthütte

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

Verngathütte (2753 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.853600 N 10.823790 E
UTM
32T 639031 5190510

Destination

Vernagthütte

Turn-by-turn directions

In the tour area of ​​the Vernagthütte 2755m, the summit of the Schwarzwandspitze 3466m is rather rare because the climb over the northeast ridge has not only climbing points in the II.-alpine difficulty level, but also because the ridge course falls northwards to steeply over several hundred meters into the Kaunertal. As inconspicuous and easy to climb the Blackwandspitze 3466m may also look from the south, the mountain looks as powerful and unapproachable from the north. But even if you do not want to tackle the last meters to the summit, it is in any case worthwhile to consider this tour. Because there is still a fantastic downhill run over ideal, mostly only slightly inclined ski area. This should not be omitted in any case, especially since the Vernagtferner also has hardly any crevices in this area and thus can be easily walked on and also in snow conditions.

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

Vent 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 front of the village and at the valley station from the chair lift (payable)

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
937 m
Descent
934 m
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