Winter walking & snowshoe
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Winter Hiking

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.

Ski Touring

Wide Grieskogel

Ski Touring • Oetztal
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  • Abfahrtsschwünge
    / Abfahrtsschwünge
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  • Abfahrt
    / Abfahrt
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  • Eintritt ins Zwieselbachtal
    / Eintritt ins Zwieselbachtal
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  • Start in Niederthai
    / Start in Niederthai
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  • durch das Horlachtal
    / durch das Horlachtal
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  • durch das Horlachtal
    / durch das Horlachtal
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  • Blick gegen Norden
    / Blick gegen Norden
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  • Bergauf
    / Bergauf
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  • auf dem Weg zum Grieskogel
    / auf dem Weg zum Grieskogel
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  • Breiter Grieskogel
    / Breiter Grieskogel
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Map / Wide Grieskogel
2000 2500 3000 3500 4000 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 Schweinfurterhütte

Even though it is not the typical rise to tackle the broad megalithic through the Zwieselbach valley, it is still the safest ascension in uncertain avalanche conditions.
24 km
6:30 h
1740 m
1717 m
15 climb kilometers in just one day trip, perhaps frightens one or the other and is also only for condion-strong skitourengeher to cope. Nevertheless, it is the safest step in difficult avalanches. And the direct departure variant over the Grastalferner with beautiful descent slopes and steep west to southwest slopes compensate for the long ascent.

Author’s recommendation

Safe tour even in difficult conditions.

3287 m
1542 m
Best time of year

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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.

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.

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.

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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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!



  • 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).

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Ascending aid: No

Max. Slope gradient: 35-40 °

Glacier: Yes

Tour type: Gletschertour

Ski technique: medium

Climbing technique: none

Maps: AV card Stubai Alps - Sellrain 1:25 000

Best season: Mar, Apr



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: 



Niederthai (1542 m)
47.128540 N 10.968140 E
32T 649267 5221327



Turn-by-turn directions

To reach the width Grieskogel 3287m through the Zwieselbach valley from Niederthai 1548m from a day trip, only a few will come to mind. 15 ascent kilometers for 6 hours also probably frightening conspicuous touring tourists. If so, then you can cut off the longest of all climbs by spending a night at Schweinfurterhütte 2028m. In the normal case one will approach the width Grieskogel 3287m over one of the much shorter routes. However, in the case of some unsafe avalanche conditions, the route across the Zwieselbach valley from Niederthai (1548m) represents the safest ascent in the most objective direction. In the broad and elongated Zwieselbach valley, one finally reaches the Zwieselbachjoch 2868m to a more significant avalanche slope. If this has been overcome, the much-promoted ascent route leading from the Winnebachsee hut 2361m is unproblematic. This climb is the easiest tour variant. Accordingly, numerous tour guides are up here on a beautiful spring weekend. This has at least the advantage that then the tension from the Schneedekogelhorn should have already arose in the rather steep upturn at Grieskogelferner. The final climb takes place on the north side of the river, in which the steeper passages can be avoided very well, so that the summit can easily reach the summit with secure skis. With regard to the descent, it would be in the course of a day trip more now a complete nonsense again over the Zwieselbach valley. There is little to do with skiers and you would have to hope for the best shooting conditions in order to get back to Niederthai 1548m without a renewed force. Only ski touring masochists will be carried away. There is already much more the short and, above all, direct departure variant over the Grastalferner and through the Grastal. There are some nice descents and the steep west to south-west slopes in the upper, steeper descent area also somewhat delayed, so that after the long rise you get a temporary buffer, which you sometimes need very well.

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:


Getting there

Niederthai 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:



The following parking facilities are available in Niederthai:
  • Parking Sennhof, payable from 07:00 to
  • 18:30Ortsweiler Lehen (football pitch), free
  • Ortsweiler plate floor, free of charge
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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1740 m
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